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Residency Program

Azul Vision & California Eye Specialists Medical Group, Inc., in affiliation with Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry, offers a one-year optometry residency program in the specialty of ocular disease.

Mission

The mission of this residency program is to provide optometric practitioners with the experience, skills, training, and knowledge necessary to develop advanced competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system and eye problems.

Program Goals

1. To ensure that the resident acquires sufficient experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the ocular and visual systems.

2. To ensure that the resident develops advanced skills and competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the ocular and visual systems.

3.To ensure that the resident develops advanced knowledge in order to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases of the ocular and visual systems. To reinforce and expand the resident’s knowledge base in ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

4. To ensure that the resident obtains experience working with subspecialty ophthalmic providers in order to develop an understanding of his/her role in the comprehensive eye care of a patient.

5. To instill in the resident the importance and value of professional development.

Program Objectives

1.The resident will have no less than 2000 patient encounters in a primary and secondary care setting. These patients will include regularly scheduled patients, unscheduled urgent appointments, and after-hours “on call” patients.

2. The resident will diagnose, treat, and manage ocular diseases to the extent of their license and refer to a subspecialist for procedures outside the scope of California optometric practice. Common ocular disorders encountered on a daily basis include dry eyes, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, pathological diplopia, macular degeneration, and urgent “red eye” cases.

3. The resident will acquire hands on experience in advanced techniques such as punctal dilation and irrigation, gonioscopy, epilation, foreign body removal, rust ring removal, OCT interpretation, VF interpretation, fundus photography, endothelial cell count, pachymetry, and cranial nerve testing.

4. The resident will detect and diagnose ocular manifestations of systemic diseases, communicate with patients’ primary provider and specialty providers, and order laboratory tests and imaging studies as needed.

5.The resident will attend weekly seminars and lectures presented by VA faculty affiliated with MBKU.

6. The resident will receive weekly lessons or journal articles to read and review.

7. The resident will write a manuscript (research paper or case report) suitable for publication in a peer-reviewed health care journal, or prepare a poster suitable for presentation at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry or other similar conference.

8. The resident will spend no less than 15 days directly observing a subspecialty clinic. Subspecialty clinics include cataract, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic, and retina.

9. The resident will have no less than 4 days of direct surgical observation in the Eye Surgical Center. Surgical observation can include cataract, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic, and retina surgeries.

10. To encourage the resident to practice to the extent of his/her knowledge and license, the resident will be encouraged to consult with subspecialists for challenging cases, via phone, email, or direct conversation, before referring the case for a subspecialty appointment.

11. The resident will be encouraged to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry or other similar national conference.

12.The resident will be introduced to academic and research modes of practice.

Program Details

Duration of Residency Program

The residency will be one year in length beginning on or around August 1 and ending on or around July 31.

Typical Daily or Weekly Schedule in Clinic

Clinic hours are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. A typical week will consist of:

• 4.0 days: Direct patient care

• 0.5 days: Optometry seminars

• 0.5 days: Subspecialty clinic observation, subspecialty surgery observation, medical optometry clinic observation, administrative time, or additional direct patient careSub-specialty Clinics

The resident will have the opportunity to observe and work with the sub-specialists in their various clinics on a weekly basis. The resident will have the opportunity to observe ocular surgery. The sub-specialties include:

GLAUCOMA

CATARACTS

CORNEA

VITREORETINAL

OCULOPLASTICS

Teaching Responsibilities

The resident will have the opportunity to precept 4th-year optometry interns at various times during the academic year. CES currently supports two optometry interns.

Didactic Activities

Optometry seminars/lectures will be held every Thursday afternoon. Lectures will be conducted by residency faculty from the Greater Los Angeles VA system, Marshall B. Ketchum University, and guests from other programs. The seminars are attended by GLA VA residents, GLA VA optometry interns, and are open to outside optometrists for CE credits. Scholarly Activities

> Research Paper/Case Report – The resident will be required to write a research paper or case report of publishable quality.

> The resident must attend a national optometry education conference during the residency year (e.g. annual meeting of American Academy of Optometry).

> The resident is highly encouraged to attend and participate in the annual Residency Forum at Marshall B. Ketchum University.

Application Requirements

All applicants must apply on the Optometry Residency Match website. The application deadline is January 31. Note that all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

> Applicant must have earned an OD degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an accredited school or college of optometry.

> Applicant must have taken and passed Parts I, II, and III of the NBEO, as well as the California licensing exam.

> The applicant must have a valid CA license to practice optometry or has met the necessary requirements to have a valid CA license, by August 01.

> The applicant must register with the Optometry Residency Match program.

> A personal interview is required. The applicant should contact the residency program coordinator to schedule an appointment for the interview.

> A personal interview is required. The applicant should contact the residency program coordinator to schedule an appointment for the interview.

Required paperwork for residency applicants:

> Curriculum Vitae (CV)

> Letter of intent

> Three (3) letters of recommendation preferably from instructors who are familiar with your clinical work

> Official optometry school transcripts up to the time of your application

> Official NBEO transcripts

Local Activities and Attractions

The San Gabriel and San Fernando valleys are located in the greater Los Angeles area. Entertainment and recreational activities abound. Downtown Los Angeles, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Orange County, beaches, mountains, and theme parks are all within driving distance.

Contact Information

For more information about Marshall B. Ketchum University, please visit their website.

For more information about the Residency Match Service, please visit ORMatch.
For more information about this and other optometry residency programs, please visit ASCO.

For more information about this program, please contact:
Rex Villegas, O.D., FAAO
Residency Coordinator
Director of Medical Optometry
Email: rvillegas@caleye.biz

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