Henry Ford Optim Eyes Residency

Mission Statement

This residency program seeks to fulfill its mission by providing clinically focused post-graduate education in a multi-disciplinary environment. Extensive interaction with attending optometrists and externs facilitates a truly unique learning experience, as well as an opportunity to interact with other members of the health care delivery system. Direct optometric patient care is combined with clinical supervision of fourth year Michigan College of Optometry externs to complete the resident's optometric clinical education. The primary goal of this program is to improve the resident's proficiency and clinical competency in the diagnosis, treatment and management of patients in the primary care setting. This residency’s patient population is diverse with emphasis on ocular disease and specialty contact lens fittings. Upon completion of this program the resident will be prepared to pursue professional opportunities in academia, manage and practice in a full-scope optometric clinic or practice in a multidisciplinary medical setting.

 

Henry Ford OptimEyes-Mission Statement -

Henry Ford OptimEyes provides comprehensive primary eye care and quality eyewear. We embrace our tradition of excellence and enduring commitment to patient care. We honor and respect every person while promoting an environment where patients come first and employees are encouraged to grow both personally and professionally

 

Henry Ford OptimEyes Vision Statement -

we are recognized by the public and our colleagues as the leader in comprehensive eye care and eyewear by embracing these ideals:

 

  • exceeding the expectations of our patients
  • establishing and maintaining long-term relationships with our patients
  • giving our patients access to the best in medical and surgical care through a unique partnership with the ophthalmologists and medical specialists of the Henry Ford Health System
  • providing our patients world class technological, medical, and ophthalmic goods and services
  • continuing our legacy as independent eye care providers
  • maintaining our commitment to providing the highest level of clinical training to future optometrists through education and research
  • investing in our employees through training and certification
  • being the employer of choice in the eye care industry
  • being involved in our community

 

 Number of Positions

One (1) residency position available each year

 

Residency Supervisor

 Robert Finlay, OD

Clinical Professor, MCO
Optometrist in Charge
Henry Ford Medical Center
Optimeyes
West Bloomfield
6530 Farmington Road, Suite 300
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Email: RFinlay@Optimeyes.com
Phone Number: 248-661-5100 ext. #1
Fax Number: 248-661-8816

 

Clinical Teaching Faculty:

Curtis Wee, OD

Division Head, HFO
Clinical Professor, MCO
Henry Ford OptimEyes
West Bloomfield
6530 Farmington Road, Suite 300
West Bloomfield, MI 48322
Email: CWee@Optimeyes.com

 

Affiliate and Residency Program Director:

The Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University provides educational direction and support for this program. Dr. Bruce Morgan, who serves as MCO’s Director of Residency programs, may be contacted as follows:

 

Bruce Morgan, OD, FAAO
Email: morganb@ferris.edu
Phone: (231) 591-2180
Fax: (231) 591-2394

 

Mailing Address:

 

Michigan College of Optometry
Ferris State University
1124 S. State Street, MCO 231
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307-2738

 

Goals and Objectives -

 

Goal 1 : To provide an extensive and varied clinical experience.

 

Objectives:

Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident will assume primary responsibility for the care and follow up of their patients. The practice demographics include children, adults and geriatric patients.

Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident’s broad and diverse clinical encounters promote competency in the examination, diagnosis and fitting of contact lenses for straightforward cases, as well as challenging cases such as keratoconus and post-surgical presentations.

Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident develops competency in the detection, diagnosis, and management of ocular disease as well as in the ocular and visual system manifestations of systemic disease.

Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to a sufficient number of primary care patients to enhance clinical decision-making skills

 

Measures :

The resident will maintain a patient encounter log to track and report the number of patient encounters, including diagnoses, the level of case complexity, and the level of resident’s involvement (direct, precept, observational and or consultation).

Daily case discussions, and monthly chart reviews will evaluate patient management.

The resident’s performance will be communicated via daily feedback, and be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month interval.

 

Goal 2: To develop the resident’s abilities to become an effective clinical educator.

 

Objectives:

 

Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will serve as a clinical instructor for fourth year Michigan College of Optometry externs during the final 6 months of the residency.

 

 

Measures:

 

  • The resident’s performance will be communicated via daily feedback, and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals.
  • The resident’s schedule will reflect the portion of time that is dedicated to clinical precepting of fourth year students.
  • At the conclusion of each extern rotation, fourth year optometry students will provide a written assessment of the resident’s performance.
  • The resident will submit a monthly report on the number of patient encounters, including a description of the type of encounter, using the residency activity log.
  • The resident will present a clinical case to HFH OptimEyes doctors at the Morbidity and Mortality conference held in January.
  • The resident will complete and submit an activity log summarizing these responsibilities.
  • Resident will submit a summary or a copy of the case handouts to the program supervisor.
  • The resident will participate in a Henry Ford OptimEyes continuing education seminar and present one lecture for HFH OptimEyes doctors. This lecture will be submitted for COPE approval.
  • The resident will complete and submit an activity log summarizing this responsibilities
  • Resident will submit a summary or copy of lecture handout to the program supervisor.

 

 

Goal 3 : The resident will communicate clearly and use appropriate terminology when presenting information to patients, clinic co-workers, students, and attending/consulting staff.

 

Objectives:

 

  • The resident will develop the skills necessary for effective verbal and written communication with patients and members of the health care community.
  • Measures:
  • The resident shall prepare patient referrals to outside practitioners. These referrals will be reviewed by the Residency Supervisor. Documentation will be recorded in the patient log.
  • The resident’s performance in this area will be evaluated via frequent case discussions, including consultation with optometrists and ophthalmologists.
  • Resident’s performance will be communicated via frequent feedback and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals.
  • The resident will use appropriate medical terminology when documenting the clinical findings, assessment, and plan in the medical record.
  • Measures:
  • The resident’s performance in this area will be evaluated via daily chart review and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals.
  • Medical record audits will assess performance in this area.

 

 

Goal 4 : To provide the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

 

Objectives:

 

The resident will be educated in the preparation of a professional manuscript. To improve the resident understands of the research elements, and paper writing.


Measures :

  • The resident will present a poster/paper at a professional meeting and prepare a manuscript of publishable quality. This paper may be a unique or unusual case report, clinical review, or original research.
  • The resident’s schedule will reflect the portion of the resident’s time that is dedicated to the design, data collection, and preparation for publication.
  • Poster/paper presentation: the resident will be required to submit a copy of the poster and abstract to the program supervisor and present their findings in a lecture format.
  • Manuscript preparation: the resident will be required to write a paper suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. A copy of the final manuscript must be submitted to, and approved by, the program supervisor.
  • The resident’s performance will be communicated via daily feedback, and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals by their research mentor or supervisor
  • The resident will be given the opportunity to attend local and non-local optometric educational meetings. The resident will attend at least two optometric educational meetings.
  • Measures:
  • The resident will document this attendance in the residency activity log.
  • Presenting a poster or paper at a meeting fulfills the meeting requirement.

 

Goal 5: Develop the resident’s ability to function as a primary care provider of a health care system through participation in a multidisciplinary health care delivery environment.

 

Objectives:

 

  • The resident will be exposed to monthly practice growth meetings.
  • The resident will be exposed to HFO doctors meetings held twice a year.
  • Manage consult requests from other members of the professional medical staff.
  • The resident will participate in consults and/or referrals with providers in other non-Eye Care departments at Henry Ford Hospital

 

Measures:

 

  • Resident will submit an activity log on a quarterly basis.
  • Resident will submit a summary or copy of handouts.
  • The resident will maintain an ongoing log of all consultation and co-management cases.

 

Goal 6 : Develop skills/tools necessary to care for patients with complex problems.

 

Objectives:

 

  • The resident will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enhance their ability to form differential diagnoses and management plans.
  • The resident will improve his/her knowledge of basic health and medical sciences and apply this knowledge in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients.

 

Measures :

 

  • The resident’s performance in this area will be evaluated via daily chart review and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals.
  • Medical record audits will assess performance in this area.

 

 

Goal 7: To provide the resident with the opportunity to develop expertise in advanced diagnostic procedures.

 

Objectives:

 

  • The resident will become proficient in the performance and interpretation of pachymetry, optical coherence tomography, visual fields, corneal topography, fundus and anterior segment photography.

Measures :

  • The resident’s performance in this area will be evaluated via daily chart review and will be reflected in the written evaluations provided by the faculty at three, six and twelve month intervals.
  • The resident will report on the number and type of procedures performed using the activity log.

 

 

Goal 8: The resident will acquire a practical understanding of patient coding, billing, and practice management in a primary eye care clinical setting.

 

Objectives:

 

  • The resident will log accurate diagnosis ICD codes, as well as appropriate office visit billing codes on the patient billing form.
  • Measures:
  • The results of regular review of the resident's billing/encounter forms by the Supervisor will be reflected in the resident evaluations.

 

Curriculum:

This programs curriculum is composed of four basic components: clinical activities, scholarly activities, didactic activities, teaching and research.

 

Clinical Activities

 

  • The resident participates in patient care by providing professional services in the Henry Ford Hospital OptimEyes West Bloomfield Clinic, either directly or by supervising students. When assigned direct patient care, the resident will also be responsible for performing specialty diagnostic testing and emergency coverage for the Henry Ford Health system. The resident provides primary care, manages ocular disease and complex contact lens patients under optometric supervision.
  • The resident will obtain extensive experience in managing patients in a primary care setting, gaining experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, contact lens practice, children’s vision, geriatric vision, and general optometry.
  • The resident’s experience is enhanced by daily case discussions with faculty and review of clinical images (photographs, OCTs, Visual Fields, etc.) during clinic. Strong emphasis is placed on development of critical thinking and problem solving.
  • The resident requests privileges to practice within Henry Ford OptimEyes under the supervision of attending staff. Henry Ford OptimEyes provides malpractice insurance for clinical activities.
  • Observations of Laser Vision correction are scheduled throughout the year to expose the resident to refractive surgery.

 

Scholarly activities

 

  • The resident must complete a manuscript of publishable quality or present a scientific poster (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other similar approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year. Residents who present a poster/paper (or equivalent) at an approved meeting will be eligible for a $1000 travel allowance from Henry Ford OptimEyes.
  • The resident will be given the opportunity to attend local and non-local optometric educational meetings.

 

Didactic Activities

 

  • The resident attends, at least, one professional meeting, usually the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. The resident is encouraged to attend and participate in the state and local professional meetings, specifically the MOA.
  • The resident will present a clinical case to HFH OptimEyes doctors at the Morbidity and Mortality conference held in January
  • The resident will participate in a Henry Ford OptimEyes continuing education seminar and present one lecture for HFH OptimEyes doctors. This lecture will be submitted for COPE approval.
  • The resident will present a case presentation at The Michigan College of Optometry residency day.

 

Teaching

  • The resident will participate in the clinical instruction and supervision of fourth year optometry students from The Michigan College of Optometry during the winter and spring rotations. The resident expected to work with optometry students an average of one day per week for six months.

 

 

Resident’s schedule

  •  The residency will be for a period of 12 months, commencing July 1 st and ending June 30 th of the subsequent calendar year. The tour of duty for the resident will be assigned at the beginning of the program and modified depending on the needs of the clinic and the resident. The schedule may contain irregular numbers of hours for each workday; however, the weekly average will be 40 hours of assigned duties. (This does not include outside development time necessary for research, lecture preparation, journal reviews, manuscript preparation, etc.)
  • Schedule consists on average four 10 hour days Tuesday-Friday.
  • One Saturday a month is required. When this occurs an additional day off during the week will be given based on discretion of the residency supervisor.

 

Application and Admissions:

This program participates in the national Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch).  The application procedure, required supporting documentation and the matching algorithm may be found on the organization’s internet home page (ORMatch) or the applicant may contact ORMatch at:

Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)
National Matching Services, Inc.
20 Holly Street, Suite 301
Toronto, Ontario
Canada, M4S 3B1
Telephone: 416-977-3431
Fax:  416-977-5020
E-mail: ormatch@natmatch.com

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 Specific Application Requirement:

  1. Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited school or college of optometry by the start of the residency program.
  2. Send current curriculum vitae (CV) and a letter of intent (email acceptable) to the Program Supervisor to include individual’s reasons for wanting to complete the residency program.
  3. Obtain three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty members at the applicant’s college of optometry and send directly to the program supervisor. At least one of these letters must be from an individual who provided supervision during your fourth year clinical experience.
  4. Have your official optometry college transcripts sent to the program supervisor (undergraduate transcripts are not required).
  5. Send NBEO scores to the program supervisor. These scores may either be official transcripts sent to us from the national board, or photocopies of the score reports. If accepted for a residency position, we will need an official copy of the scores for credentialing purposes. Only those candidates who have passed Part I and Part II will be considered. Candidates must also demonstrate that they have passed Part III prior to beginning the residency program.
  6. Prior to completion of the residency, it is expected that the applicant will have passed the National Board exams and will obtain state licensure.
  7. Register with ORMS.
  8. Non-Discrimination policy: Henry Ford OptimEyes is an Affirmative Action Equal Opportunity Employer

Applications will be accepted until a qualified candidate is chosen.

Following receipt of the necessary documents and personal interviews (preferably in person), the faculty collaborates to review and rank candidates. The three primary criteria (which are discussed with the applicants during the interview) are as follows:

  • Basic knowledge (determined by interview, letters of recommendation, NBEO scores, transcripts of grades)
  • Clinical skills (determined by interview, letters of recommendation, clinical grades and previous clinical experiences)
  • Personal attributes including eagerness to learn, work ethic and professional goals (determined by interview and letters of recommendation)

Resident’s rights:

 

The resident is entitled to the following:

 

  1. Employment for a 12 month period commencing on July 1 and ending June 30 of the residency year
  2. A stipend in the amount of $32,000 for this period
  3. Additional $1,000 dollars for CE stipend
  4. Medical and malpractice insurance
  5. Several paid holidays annually including New Years Day, Memorial Day, Labor day, Independence day, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day
  6. Ten (10) leave days for personal/professional activities
  7. Additional 3 days for continuing education
  8. An appropriate amount of leave for illness. Extended sick leave requires documentation of medical necessity from the resident’s physician.
  9. Access to clinical instruction and facilities sufficient to meet the mission, goals and objectives of the program
  10. Access to a general schedule and program curriculum at the start of the program
  11. The resident may work outside Henry Ford OptimEyes if the following criteria are met:
  12. Clinic/practice opportunity provides an academically oriented experience
  13. Outside work does not interfere with the resident’s ability to fulfill their obligations to the residency program
  14. The program supervisor gives his/her concurrence
  15. Malpractice insurance is the sole responsibility of the resident or other employing facility
  16. A certificate upon satisfactory completion of the residency



Resident responsibilities and requirements for completion of program:

 

  1. To serve as a resident at HFH OptimEyes for the entire period specified above
  2. To perform to the best of his/her professional abilities in all assigned duties
  3. To maintain and complete supervisor evaluations, patient logs, etc.
  4. To write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case for publication in a referred ophthalmic journal.
  5. To maintain standards of competence in clinical practice
  6. The resident is expected to exercise professional decorum and attitude in all relationships with patients, families, faculty and staff.
  7. The confidentiality between the resident and patient bestowed by the physician/patient relationship must never be compromised.
  8. To observe all rules and regulations of the Michigan College of Optometry including:
  9. Practice within the scope of clinical privileges
  10. Practice according to the rules of residency supervision
  11. To refuse fees or payment in any form from patients, staff




Additional important information may be found on the following web sites:

 

Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO)
http://www.opted.org/about-optometric-education/residency-programs
Commonly asked questions about optometric residencies, residency directory and several other residency related links

Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
http://www.aoa.org/x5153.xml
List of accredited residency programs; Questions or concerns may be addressed to: ACOE@aoa.org

Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMS)
http://www.optometryresident.org/
Matching forms and residency directory

Michigan College of Optometry (MCO)
http://www.ferris.edu/mco/programs/educ.htm  
Summary of MCO affiliated residency programs


For additional information contact:
Robert Finlay O.D.,
Residency Program Supervisor
Henry Ford OptimEyes, West Bloomfield
Email: RFinlay@Optimeyes.com

Web page: http://henryford.com/bodypage_optimeyes.cfm?id=52169