This Vision Rehabilitation Residency provides experience and clinical expertise in a recently opened clinic designed specifically for low vision care. The resident is also able to participate in other clinics of interest, including Contact lenses, Laser therapy for the anterior segment, Neuro-optometric rehabilitation, Ocular disease diagnosis and management, Primary vision care, Surgical procedures, Urgent care/Walk-in/Emergency ocular services, and Vision therapy and pediatrics. The residents provide patient care primarily at the Lesley L. Walls Vision Center at the Broken Arrow campus of Northeastern State University in metropolitan Tulsa, Oklahoma. Pediatric low vision services are also provided at the Oklahoma School for the Blind in Muskogee, Oklahoma. Additionally, the resident will provide patient care and student education at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital Optometry Clinic and at NSUOCO in Tahlequah. The resident may occasionally provide patient care at NSUOCO Rural Eye Program-Cherokee Nation outpatient facilities located in Salina, Stilwell, Muskogee, Sallisaw and Jay. In addition to providing direct patient care, our residents participate in grand rounds, ophthalmological observation, hospital rotations, and also provide evening and weekend emergency room eye care at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital approximately one week per month. Residents are required to be within 15 minutes of the hospital while on call. A regularly scheduled residency seminar promotes literature review and study. Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists and other health care providers. The resident assists with the low vision lab portion of the Vision Rehabilitation course in the Fall semester. Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week. Attendance at continuing education conferences may lengthen these weekly hours.
ASCO information sheet: http://myasco.opted.org/residency/view/64/program
Lesley L. Walls Vision Center: https://optometry.nsuok.edu/Clinics/BrokenArrow-WallsVisionCenter.aspx
The mission of the Residency in Vision Rehabilitation is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis on vision rehabilitation, allowing residents, upon completion of the program, to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.
Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in the area of vision rehabilitation.
- Provide the resident experience in managing a total of at least 1,000 patients, including at least 200 patients for vision rehabilitation.
- Provide the resident exposure to a broad diversity of clinical conditions within the vision rehabilitation area.
- Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers, especially those who work in the vision rehabilitation field.
- The resident will demonstrate proficiency in conducting vision rehabilitation evaluations, determining individual patient needs, and prescribing vision assistive devices appropriate to each patient's needs.
- Participate in the clinical supervision and education 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 and encourage the resident to participate in didactic activities such as attending continuing education courses. At a minimum, the resident will acquire enough continuing education hours to satisfy Oklahoma licensure.
- 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 to the community and the profession in the resident.
- Encourage the resident's active involvement in the optometric and vision rehabilitation professional communities by encouraging membership and participation in optometric and other professional organizations.
Application / Admission Requirements
All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information. All applications must be received by 5:00p.m. January 31.
- Curriculum vitae
- Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average)
- List of Honors, Awards
- Professional Memberships
- Research Projects and Publication
- Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience
- Community Service
- Other Professional Experiences
- Statement of interest
- Why are you interested in pursuing a residency?
- What do you hope to gain from a residency?
- What are your plans after you complete a residency?
- Three letters of recommendation
- These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Recommendation letters may be emailed or mailed by post, but must be signed and be on official letterhead.
- Official transcripts from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry
- Passing score on NBEO Parts I and II and TMOD to participate in Match; Part III passage is required by start of residency program
- Please provide an unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies.
- NSUOCO Application
- ORMS Application
- Interview recommended
- Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry
- License eligible in the state of Oklahoma
All application information should be sent to Pam Jackson (email@example.com)
or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Tara D. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
via email or mail to:
Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
ATTN: Pam Jackson or Dr. Tara D. Brown
1001 North Grand Avenue Tahlequah, OK 74464-7017
As application materials are received by the school, they will be forwarded to the site the applicant is applying at. Arrange an interview. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact either Pam Jackson (email@example.com)
or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Tara D. Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Additional information is available online at http://optometry.nsuok.edu/ResidencyProgram.aspx
- 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
- Accrual of personal leave (which includes sick leave, personal business leave, bereavement leave, military leave and jury duty leave) at the rate of 12 hours per month
- 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
Please see the NSU Employment Handbook
for a more in-depth discussion of personal leave and holidays.