Optometric Residency

Overview

Providing advanced training and experience in the treatment of ocular disease through patient care, clinical research, education and scholarship in an integrated eye care model.

PROGRAM SITE: Associated Eye Care, Stillwater, Minnesota.
PROGRAM COORDINATORS: Jacob R. Lang O.D.

RESIDENCY DIRECTOR: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
NUMBER OF POSITIONS: 1
PROGRAM DATES: The program begins in July of each year and runs for 54 weeks. An orientation is provided in the first week of the program.

Appy for Optometric Residency Program

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

This post-graduate residency program is offered by the Illinois College of Optometry in conjunction with Associated Eye Care (AEC) in Minnesota. The goal of this program is to provide advanced clinical training in the treatment of ocular disease, clinical research, surgical co-management and perioperative care, as well as comprehensive care to patients ranging in age from neonatal to geriatric. Associated Eye Care’s integrated eye care model will allow the intern to work in conjunction with both optometrists and ophthalmologists in a high paced private clinic that encounters the entire spectrum of ocular pathologies. This organization includes a broad range of sub-specialized eye care providers such as pediatric, glaucoma, retina, dry eye, cornea and anterior segment, therapeutic contact lens, as well as refractive laser and cataract specialists. This structure allows us to care for our patient’s “vision for a lifetime”.

There will be after hours on-call time and two clinical projects required over the course of the year. Involvement in clinical research projects or studies will also be required. Residents are invited to lecture and present case reports at resident seminars held in conjunction with the Illinois College of Optometry as well as local and national optometric conferences.

ABOUT ASSOCIATED EYE CARE:

The resident will participate in and attend all continuing education events sponsored by Associated Eye Care as well as attending state and national optometric events. A stipend is provided to help with associated expenses. The resident has full access to any of the material or services provided at the College. This includes the library and media production department. Associated Eye Care is a national research center for glaucoma, dry eye, allergy, ocular infection, and ocular inflammation as well as surgical procedures and devices. The residents may participate in these studies throughout the program year and will prepare a research project/paper/poster of publishable quality. They will also be asked to participate in case studies and journal reviews as assigned by Associated Eye Care some of which will be in conjunction with the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Optometry.

Associated Eye Care utilizes cutting edge technologies including anterior and posterior OCT, HRT, digital photography, automated visual fields, ultrasound biomicroscopy, Nova VEP and specular microscopy. Our dry eye clinic employs advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies such as Lipiview and Lipiflow devices and is an area of focus regarding clinical research. The surgical center is also on the forefront of technology and employs Intralase and excimer refractive lasers, as well as modern cataract technologies including LenSx femtosecond cataract surgery, the ORA with Verifeye+ system, as well as phakic and multifocal IOL’s.

Associated Eye Care exists to provide high quality, extensive eye care to the Eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area and to patients of all ages through a multi-specialty, integrated care approach. We treat each patient with respect, dignity, kindness, and compassion and strive to continuously understand their needs and exceed their expectations of quality eye care. We are recognized by patients, primary care physicians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and patients as a leading group of high integrity eye care professionals.

PROGRAM OBJECTIVES/DESIGN:

  • This residency in ocular disease is based in an integrated OD/MD model and is a rigorous 54 week educational experience designed to provide advanced clinical training in the examination, diagnosis and management of a broad scope of ocular conditions and diseases.
  • The resident will perform mentored clinical care services to patients with ocular pathologies including, but not limited to, the areas of cornea and anterior segment, vitreous and retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics and pediatrics by utilizing medical management options, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/or post-operative management.
  • The resident will also preform comprehensive care of patients including complete eye exams and contact lens fitting.
  • The resident will participate in after-hours emergent care.
  • The resident will observe surgical techniques including advanced cataract procedures, LASIK and refractive procedures, SLT as well as surgical glaucoma procedures and lid procedures.
  • The resident will participate in the clinical research taking place at Associated Eye Care.
  • The resident will present at least one poster or paper.
  • The resident will participate in and present at quarterly journal review meetings.
  • The resident will participate in national optometric meetings and/or the ICO residents’ conferences held on the ICO campus in Chicago.
  • The resident will spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at Associated Eye Care.

RESEARCH AND EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES:

The resident will participate in and attend all continuing education events sponsored by Associated Eye Care as well as attending state and national optometric events. A stipend is provided to help with associated expenses. The resident has full access to any of the material or services provided at the College. This includes the library and media production department. Associated Eye Care is a national research center for glaucoma, dry eye, allergy, ocular infection, and ocular inflammation as well as surgical procedures and devices. The residents will participate in these studies throughout the program year and will prepare a project/paper/poster of publishable quality. They will also be asked to participate in case studies and journal reviews as assigned by Associated Eye Care some of which will be in conjunction with the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Optometry.

SALARY AND BENEFITS:

  • $40,000
  • Health, Dental, Basic Life & AD&D, Supplemental Life & AD&D, Long Term Disability and Flex
  • Paid Leave: PTO/CE: 10 days & compensated professional meeting time is granted.
  • Holidays: All Standard holidays as recognized by Associated Eye Care
  • CE reimbursement: $1,000 for certain CE events approved by Associated Eye Care
  • License & Malpractice Insurance: Paid for the duration of the residency

Materials and further information

Jacob Lang O.D., F.A.A.O.

2950 Curve Crest Blvd West.

Stillwater, MN 55082

jlang@associatedeyecare.com

Mary Bower, HR & Administrative Assistant

1719 Tower Drive West, Suite 100

Stillwater, MN 55082

mbower@associatedeyecare.com

 

www.associatedeyecare.com

Documents

Discrimination Disclosure Policy

Mission, Goals, and Objectives

Resident Selection Process

Requirements for Completion