This unique program combines a residency in Family Practice Optometry offered by the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry with a Master of Business Administration Degree (M.B.A.) offered by the NSU College of Business and Technology. This program is open to U.S. Army optometrists.
Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week with on call duties. The 40 hours includes being scheduled in Family Practice Residency activities 20 hours a week, with the remainder of the week devoted to pursuing a Master in Business Administration (class and study time). Call is shared by the family practice residents, the cornea and contact lenses resident, and the vision rehabilitation resident. The Army Family Practice Optometry Resident is half-time in the residency program for two years, and he or she is assigned half as much call as the other residents each year of the program. The Army Family Practice Resident is scheduled for a total of about 5-6 weeks of call during each residency program year. Attendance of continuing education may lengthen the weekly hours of duties. Residents will be paid an U.S. Army active duty officer salary.
At the beginning of the year, you are assigned which holidays you will be on call. You are asked to volunteer for which holidays you prefer to be on call for first. If volunteering fails to cover all holidays, then names are drawn to determine who receives which holidays. If you are not scheduled on call, you are not expected at work on these holidays and they are not taken from your vacation.
ASCO information sheet: http://myasco.opted.org/residency/view/52/program
The mission of the Program in Optometric Management Education is to provide advanced clinical training through the Family Practice Residency and an M.B.A. degree for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level culmination of clinical and management expertise.
Goal of the Optometric Management Education Program:
Completion of the Residency in Family Practice Optometry through the College of Optometry (outlined below) and completion of all the requirements for the Masters in Business Administration degree required by Northeastern State University.
Goals of the Residency in Family Practice Optometry:
Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in the area(s) of primary care optometry selected by the resident.
- Provide the resident a large number of patient encounters.
- Provide the resident exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within his/her area(s) of emphasis.
- Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers.
- Allow the resident to participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students.
Stimulate scholarly development in the resident.
- Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc.
- Stimulate life-long learning by keeping the resident active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature.
- Allow the resident to attend continuing education courses.
- Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program.
Stimulate a commitment to service in the resident.
- Enhance the resident's active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations.
Application / Admission Requirements
Interested applicants for military residency programs must be Active Duty Army officers in order to apply. The selection process is quite different from its civilian counterpart. The optometry residency programs are one of many advanced educational opportunities that are available via the Medical Service Corps Long Term Health, Education, and Training (LTHET) process. Each year, the military publishes the available programs in the LTHET message (Appendix 15). Applicants apply approximately 18 months prior to the expected residency start date (ie. applications completed this spring are for academic year 2013-2014). Therefore, as a result, military optometry officers go back to complete a residency after a few years in practice. All eligible applications are reviewed and residents are selected by a board of Army officers. Decisions are made based on both, academic and military records. Decisions are published in June, the year prior to the residency starting date. In the event of a vacancy, Army optometry will solicit applications from 4th year optometry students participating of the Army Health Professional Scholarship Programs. The application would then include a letter of intent, three letters of recommendation, and a current transcript. A board of Senior Army optometrists (including all Army residency supervisors) would review the applications and make selections.
All eligible Army applicants are solicited to apply for the residency via the LTHET message (Appendix 15). A list of application materials is included in the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and includes a DA Form 3838, Commander's Memorandum, Transcripts, DA Photograph, Memorandum from the Optometry Consultant at the Office of the Surgeon General and a signed/dated officer record brief (ORB).
- Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report), all patient encounter logs with encounter types and all residency activity logs
- Completed exit evaluations (evaluation of clinical supervisors, evaluation of residency program supervisor, evaluation of NSUOCO residency director and residency program evaluation)
- Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease
- Oklahoma Optometry license
- 10 days of vacation
- Paid sick leave
- NSU is closed for several holidays: three days at Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve through New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, Spring Break (five days), Fall Break (two days) and Fourth of July
- Professional leave to attend continuing education meetings. The amount of professional leave you receive is at the discretion of the residency supervisor. The residency supervisor encourages attendance at CE courses.
- Professional liability insurance
- Health insurance