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NSU Residency Application

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Overview

MISSION STATEMENT

The Residency in Primary Eye Care seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates and provide advanced clinical and didactic education in optometry. The program offers a variety of optometric and interdisciplinary care and is designed to foster a life-long commitment to learning.  Graduates of this residency program are trained to deliver superlative clinical care, to serve as optometric educators, and to serve the profession of optometry as leaders within the community and health care delivery system.

AREA OF EMPHASIS

 Each primary care resident may select an area of emphasis in which to further their clinical knowledge. These may include ocular disease (3 positions), cornea and contact lenses (2 positions), pediatrics and binocular vision (2 positions) and low vision (1 position). The resident will spend approximately 50-60% of their clinical time in primary care and 40-50% of their clinical time in specialty services related to their chosen area of emphasis. External rotations are also arranged with specialists based on the area of emphasis with the schedule rotating approximately every 3-4 months. After-hours emergency care is provided by all residents on a rotating basis.

Current Residency in Primary Eye Care Positions Available
position name positions
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease 3
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Pediatrics & Binocular Vision 2
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Cornea & Contact Lenses 2
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Geriatrics & Low Vision 1

For more information, send email to Lori Vollmer, OD, FAAO, Director of Residency Programs

Meet the Coordinators
Director of Residency Programs: Dr. Lori Vollmer
Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease: Dr. Joseph Sowka
Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Pediatrics & Binocular Vision: Dr. Jacqueline Rodena
Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Geriatric & Low Vision: Dr. Nicole Patterson
Education Coordinator: Dr. Mariem Abdou
Coordinator for Primary Care with emphasis in Cornea and Contact Lens: Dr. Janoff

This residency program provides advanced training in the primary optometric care of pediatric patients, as well as in the specialty areas of infant vision, binocular vision, strabismus, amblyopia, visual perception, vision therapy and pediatric eye disease. The resident participates in direct patient care as well as in clinical supervision of fourth year optometry students.

This program offers the resident the opportunity to provide full scope optometric care in a multidisciplinary setting. Residents work with physicians, educators, psychologists, and other professionals in a diverse assortment of clinical and educational settings. This is achieved through rotations through various clinics and service providers.

The residency stresses the health care team approach to patient care management. Didactic experience will include seminars, case conferences, laboratory teaching, research, and the completion of a scholarly paper or case presentation for publication. The intent is that the resident will be prepared to apply the knowledge and skills gained from this residency to the varied types of practice now within the health care system.

For more information, send email to Jackie Rodena, O.D., Program Coordinator

The following positions below are programs offered in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University. Note: Applicants to any of the programs below should contact that particular Program Supervisor for specific program requirements. All application materials for these programs should be sent to the appropriate address below: (Please do not send to NSU)

Primary Eye Care / Emphasis in Ocular Disease

The Clayton Eye Center in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one-year residency program in primary care optometry with strong emphasis in ocular disease. Clayton Eye Center provides a unique environment in which the resident may experience a wide diversity of ocular disease entities through direct patient care in primary and secondary care clinics, all within a highly successful interdisciplinary setting. In addition to patient care, the program is supplemented by seminars, grand rounds, and lectures. Preparation of a paper suitable for submission for publication is required of residents participating in the residency.

Current Positions Available: 1

Contact:

Dr. Charles Ficco, Residency Supervisor
Clayton Eye Center
1000 Corporate Center, Suite 100
Morrow, GA 30260
(770) 968-8888

Ocular Disease

Aran Eye Associates is a tertiary care multi-specialty ophthalmic referral center with offices in Sunrise, North Miami, Hialeah, Coral Gables and Kendall. An ambulatory surgical center and a laser vision correction center (The Laser Center of Coral Gables) are also part of our practice. We are comprised of an optometrist and several ophthalmologists.

Specialty areas include cornea and cataract, glaucoma, vitreous-retina, oculoplastics, pediatrics and laser vision correction. The offices are equipped with advanced diagnostic instruments including corneal topographers, ocular biometry and ultrasonography units, anterior segment and fundus cameras, video slit-lamp units, Humphrey visual field analyzers, pachymeters, optical coherence tomographers as well as minor surgery suites.

Current Positions Available: 2

Contact:

Dr. Emilio Balius, Residency Supervisor
Aran Eye Associates
1097 SW LeJeune Rd
Coral Gables, FL 33134
(305) 442-2020

Bascom Palmer will provide the framework by which the optometric resident will become proficient in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. This will be accomplished through dedicated hard work, individual clinical experiences, didactic education and self-study. In helping to achieve this goal, Bascom Palmer offers an environment in which each resident will experience many of the essential aspects necessary in becoming proficient in managing patients with secondary and tertiary ocular conditions.

Current Positions Available: 4

Contact:

Dr. Mark Dunbar, Residency Supervisor
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
900 N.W. 17th Street
Miami, FL 33136
(305) 326-6000 x4042

The Braverman Eye Center is a multidisciplinary practice comprised of 5 ophthalmologists, 3 optometrists, 1 licensed optician, 3 ophthalmic assistants and technicians, 1 certified ophthalmic technologist, and 5 administrative personnel.

Current Positions Available: 1

Contact:

Dr. Ryan Hargreaves, Residency Supervisor
Braverman Eye Center
1935 East Hallandale Boulevard
Hallandale, FL 33009
(954) 458-2112

VA Medical Centers

Provision of optometric care within a multidisciplinary health care team framework is the goal of this Veterans Administration Medical Center residency. A heavy emphasis on direct patient care, under the supervision of highly qualified optometrists, along with delivery of case presentations, seminars, and discussions, enhance and refine the resident's clinical skills and problem-solving ability. Academic opportunities are numerous, and include Grand Rounds presentations from all areas of medical practice. Preparation of a paper or poster for publication is required prior to completion of the residency.

Current Positions Available: 1

Contact:

Joseph Miller, OD
P.O. Box 5005
3A - Eye Clinic
Bay Pines, FL 33744
Phone: (727) 398-6661

The Gainesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in conjunction with the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one-year residency program in primary care optometry. The program is designed to provide optometry residents a comprehensive eye care experience at a tertiary-care medical center. The program combines optometry and ophthalmology training in a single setting and allows for a unique interaction between residents and faculty of the two disciplines. Primary emphasis is on direct patient care that is supplemented by seminars, grand rounds, and lectures. Preparation of a paper suitable for submission for publication is required of residents participating in the residency.

Curent Positions Available: 3

Contact:

Susannah Marcus, O.D., F.A.A.O. 
Residency Program Coordinator
5533 SW 64th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608

The William Chappell Daytona Beach Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, and in conjunction with the ophthalmologic practices of the Florida Retinal Institute, the Filutowski Cataract and LASIK Institute, the corneal practice of Miguel Lugo, M.D., and the Tomoka Eye Associates, offers a one-year residency program in primary eye care. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance their clinical skills in both primary eye care and ocular disease.

Current Positions Available: 3

Contact:

Andreea Chih, O.D.
551 National Health Care Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 323-7500 x37807

The mission of the Orlando Veterans Medical Center is to provide didactic and clinical training that will enable the resident to develop their skills in primary care, while diagnosing and managing patients with a wide variety of ocular and systemic diseases. High quality eye care will be provided to all patients while adhering to residency supervision guidelines. The program will provide the learning resources for the resident to expand upon their didactic knowledge base, apply this knowledge to patient care, and foster career-long learning that will qualify the resident to serve as a leader in optometric care and education.

Current Positions Available: 2

Contact:

John Spalding, O.D., F.A.A.O., Residency Supervisor
Orlando VAMC, The Eye Clinic
5201 Raymond Street
Orlando, Fl 32803
(407) 629-1599 x1725

The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced didactic and clinical education. Upon completion of this program, doctors will be able to provide their patients with superlative care in addition to being qualified to serve as optometric educators and leaders in health care.

Current Positions Available: 1

Contact:

Brady Hanlon, O.D., F.A.A.O., Residency Supervisor
VA TOPC, Eye Clinic
1607 St. James Court
Tallahassee, Florida 32308
(850) 878-0191

The Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, Florida, in conjunction with the Gainesville VA, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year residency program in primary eye care. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance their clinical skills in primary care, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practice and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools.

Current Positions Available:3

Contact:

Wendy M. McGonigal, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Associate Chief of Optometry 
NF/SG Veterans Health System
619 South Marion Avenue
Lake City, FL 32025
(386) 755-3016 ext. 7500

The Miami VA Medical Center is located within the Jackson Memorial Medical Center and University of Miami Medical Campus in the heart of Miami, FL. It serves approximately 285,000 veteran patients throughout south Florida and is one of seven members of the VISN 8 Healthcare System. The Miami VAMC Hospital is a tertiary care and referral center encompassing all sub-specialty medical and surgical fields and is state of the art and progressive with both its facilities and attending staff.

Current Positions Available: 1

Contact:

Kasey Zann, OD, F.A.A.O
Surgical Service, Ophthalmology Clinic
1201 NW 16th St
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 575-7000 x3910