Detroit VAMC - Residency in Ocular Disease
Accredited Affiliated with Michigan College of Optometry Optometry Clinic
4646 John R
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-576-1000 x65742
The VA optometry residency program at the John D. Dingell VAMC, Detroit seeks to recruit
and admit the best qualified post-graduate optometrists and provide them with highly
concentrated advanced clinical training in specific areas while under the direct supervision
of a qualified clinical educator. These specific areas include ocular disease diagnosis
and management. This program provides extensive experience in the interdisciplinary
clinical care of patients with systemic health problems. The residency serves to sharpen
the management skills of the postgraduate optometrist in dealing with specific ocular
diseases. Lastly, the program offers the opportunity for scholarly pursuits. These
include student teaching, clinical research, and both oral and written presentations.
Residency Supervisor: Phillip Elston, O.D.
Clinical Teaching Faculty:
Arlene Gold O.D.
Chad Gallatin O.D.
Jeanette Varanelli O.D.
Craig Swanson O.D.
Detroit VAMC Hospital: The medical center provides both outpatient and inpatient care to eligible veterans living in the region. Services include comprehensive primary health care, substance abuse treatment, surgical care and treatment, psychiatric care, dental care, and nursing home care. The facility was built in 1998 and extends primary medical care to veterans living in Michigan.
Length of Program: 1 year start July 1, 2008, ending June 30, 2009
Admissions:All applicants to optometry residencies must use the Optometric Residency Matching Services (ORMS).
More information, instructions, forms, and deadlines are available at:
Application and Instructions
Download one of the following:
MSWord - allows you to type in responses and print
Pdf - allows you to print blank form for manual completion (requires Adobe Reader)
Rtf - Download, complete using your word processing program
Application Deadline: February 1
For more information,
please contact Dr. Elston at the address above, or
Bruce Morgan, OD, FAAO
Director of Residencies
Michigan College of Optometry
Ferris State University
11224 S. State Street, MCO 231
Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
(231) 591-2180 - telephone
(231) 591-2394 - fax
8:00am-5:30pm; Monday -Friday
Stipends and Expenses: The resident will receive $29,000 plus location stipend for the year in training. The resident is entitled to 13 days of Annual Leave and 13 days of Sick Leave for the duration of the residency program. Authorized absence can be granted for educational purposes (conferences, etc.). In addition, benefits include federal health, life and professional liability insurance.
Scope of the Residency: Roughly 30% of patients entering the optometry clinics require routine care for their eyes. The remaining 70% present with a wide array of ocular disease states running the gamut from commonly encountered conditions such as diabetes and glaucoma to less common conditions including sickle cell retinopathy and intraocular tumors. Over the course of the resident’s year of training it is expected that he/she will encounter most of the eye conditions studied while in optometry school.
GOALS FOR THE RESIDENCY
to better understand the differential diagnosis of the various ocular disorders which affect vision
to better understand the disease mechanisms which lead to visual impairment
-to establish appropriate treatment plans for patients with disorders of the eye or visual system
-to understand and consistently utilize the full scope of professional services available to patients with ocular disorders
-to develop effective skills for communicating with patients, optometry staff, and other disciplines
-to effectively communicate with others through oral and written reports
-to develop effective teaching methods with optometry students
-to share with other health care providers the value of optometry
-to develop supervisory skills in the interdisciplinary management of patients with visual disorders
-to develop skills for the supervision of assigned students
-to better understand administrative interactions with other agencies involved in the care of hospitalized patients with visual disorders
-to develop administrative techniques necessary for the management of components such as scheduling, budget, supplies, staff/patient ratio, etc.
RESIDENT RESPONSIBILITY AND REQUIREMENTS FOR COMPLETION OF THE PROGRAM:
1. To serve as a resident for the entire period specified above
2. To perform to the best of his/her abilities in all assigned duties
3. To maintain and complete supervisor evaluations, patient logs, etc.
4. To complete one publishable quality paper or poster.
5. To maintain standards of competence in clinical practice
6. To act in a professional manner at all times
7. To observe all rules and regulations of the Michigan College of Optometry including:
1. Practice within the scope of clinical privileges
2. Practice according to the rules of residency supervision
8. To refrain from participating in any activities (personal or other employment related) that would interfere with the effective performance of all assigned duties and responsibilities.
CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION
Upon successful completion of the program, the resident will be awarded a certificate of Advanced Clinical Competency.
Also within the clinic:
MULTI-DISCIPLINARY HEALTH SERVICES