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Residency Program

This 54 week residency program is intended to provide advanced optometric training with special emphasis on evaluation and management in the areas of Cornea, External Disease, Post-Operative Surgical Care, and Medical Contact Lens Fitting. Patient care will take place in the office of Sarah Bell, O.D. and Sudeep Pramanik, M.D., M.B.A., F.A.C.S. in York, PA and Towson, MD.

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Residency Name

Mid-Atlantic Cornea Consultants

Basic Information

Program Title:  Residency in Contact Lens and Cornea Disease

Program Type:  Contact Lens and Cornea / Ocular Disease

Program Area of Emphasis:  Cornea and Anterior Segment Disease, Specialty Contact Lens Fitting

Program Site:  Mid-Atlantic Cornea Consultants, York, PA

Program Location:  Private Clinic

Program Address: 

     1600 6th Avenue, Suite 119B, York, PA 17403

     40 York Rd, 5th Floor, Towson, MD, 21204

Phone Number:  (717) 650-6148

Fax Number:  (717) 855-2653

Email:  sarahbell@midatlanticcornea.com

Affiliation:  Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University

Director of Residency Education:  Sarah L. Bell, OD

Program Application Deadline:  February 1

Program URL:  www.midatlanticcornea.com

 

Program Mission

The mission of this residency program at Mid-Atlantic Cornea is to provide the entry level optometrist with specialized training and mentorship which would allow the resident to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage complicated anterior segment disease.  The resident will also have exposure to extensive anterior and posterior segment disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal tears and detachments. The resident will manage cases that have significant ocular manifestations of systemic diseases such as Lupus, Fabry’s disease, and Trisomy 21. The resident will become proficient at fitting and evaluating specialty contact lenses, as well as troubleshooting complications which arise from these lenses. The program will encourage the resident to become academically and clinically knowledgeable in advanced anterior segment disease and contact lens fitting, and encourage him/her to share this knowledge as an educator of his/her peers. This fifty-four week experience will allow the resident to gain the skills necessary to distinguish him/herself competitively for any optometry health care job in the marketplace upon graduation, especially within the niche of specialty contact lens fitting.  The program will allow for a supportive environment with appropriate supervision, such that the resident can be comfortable and efficient in a challenging clinical setting.

The resident will train in an OD/MD private practice setting specializing in anterior segment.  He/She will evaluate and manage pre and post-operative cases including corneal transplants, complicated cataract surgeries, pterygium removals, and corneal crosslinking.  He/She will become proficient in scleral, hybrid, and RGP contact lens fitting using conventional methods as well as scleral profiling software. He/She will diagnose, treat, and manage acute and chronic ocular diseases including corneal ulcers, iritis, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease.  He/She will learn proper medical coding for office visits as well as the process for pre-authorizing medical contact lenses through vision carriers.

Clinical Curriculum

This Contact Lens/Ocular disease residency program is intended to provide advanced optometric training with special emphasis on evaluation and management in the areas of Cornea, External and Internal Ocular Disease, Post-Operative Surgical Care, and Medical Contact Lens Fitting. Patient care will take place in the office of Sarah Bell, O.D., and Sudeep Pramanik, M.D., M.B.A in York, PA and Towson, MD. 

The program is 54 weeks and typically starts July 1st and ends July 14th of the following year.  Under special circumstances, starting and ending dates can be modified, but the duration of the program will remain fixed at 54 weeks, which allows a 2 week overlap period for orientation between incoming and outgoing residents.  Clinic hours provide 8 hours of patient care, with one half hour for lunch, Monday through Friday. The York office typically starts at 8:00AM and finishes by 4:30 PM. The Towson office typically starts at 7:30AM and finishes by 4:00PM. There are no weekend patient care hours but the resident will begin to triage after- hours emergency calls after their first quarter.  The resident will be expected to report to the medical doctor on call, but is not obligated to see these patients after hours.  

 

The resident will attend an orientation period during the first week of the residency that covers the facilities’ layout and daily operation of the optometric clinic.  The resident also receives a copy of the most updated residency manual and employee manual during this period. The resident will examine patients under the direct and indirect supervision of Drs. Bell, and Pramanik.  As the residency progresses, there will be graduated levels of responsibility, however, all medical records throughout the year will be reviewed and co-signed by Drs. Bell or Pramanik. The resident will be responsible for examining and completing charts for 10-15 patients per clinic session – including emergent care, post-operative evaluations, comprehensive exams, corneal disease follow up care, and contact lens examinations.  The resident will be expected to perform at least two new medical contact lens fittings per month, with appropriate follow up, and participate in at least 10 contact lens exams per month. Observation in the operating room with Dr. Sudeep Pramanik will be arranged as part of the curriculum throughout the year. As the resident establishes core competencies, they will progress into later stages of our 4-part supervision policy. Graduation to the next level of supervision will be determined as a collective decision between Drs. Bell and Pramanik, and each level of responsibility will be discussed with the resident and acknowledged in writing. 

Location of patient care will be reassessed monthly to ensure proper supervision and best learning experience for resident on each clinic day.  Resident will receive a master schedule for the next month along with the rest of the staff at the end of each month.  

Surgical observation days will start at 7:30am and will end when cases are finished. Resident will then return to the clinic for same day post-op checks.  64 hours (or 8 workdays) of surgical observation will be scheduled throughout the residency (2 days each quarter) in either Pennsylvania or Maryland locations.  

 

Clinical Activities: 

  • 15-20% medical/specialty contact lenses 
  • 60-65% ocular disease care
  • 15% post-operative care
  • 5% surgical observation

 

Resident’s Typical Weekly Schedule*:

Monday: Academic Enrichment

Tuesday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 4:30PM Patient Care

Wednesday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 5:00PM Patient Care

Thursday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 5:00PM Patient Care

Friday

1st and 3rd week of month in Towson, MD 7:30AM - 3:30PM Patient Care

2nd, 4th, and 5th week of month in York, PA 8:00AM - 4:30PM Patient Care

 

*Full day of academic enrichment on Monday and full day patient care on Friday started in February due to feedback from the resident requesting 1 full day rather than 2 half days.

After-Hours Expectations

Triage emergency calls 1-2 weeks per month and report to program supervisor, Dr. Sarah Bell, for plan of care (M.D. on call will see emergent patients, non-emergent will be seen during the next business hours).

Salary and Benefits

  • $40,950 will be paid over 54 weeks
  • Travel and accommodations to Salus University graduation/Resident’s Day
  • Travel and accommodations to educational programs that meet didactic criteria to enrich knowledge in the field of contact lenses and anterior segment disease
  • Medical health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • State Optometric Licensure fees for Pennsylvania and Maryland
  • Gas card for travel between office locations

 

Application Materials and Procedures: 

  • Register and apply through ORMatch
  • Submit the following application materials directly through ORMatch website:

·        Curriculum Vitae

·        Statement of Interest

·        Official Optometry School Transcripts

·        Three Letters of Recommendation from clinical faculty or supervision doctors in externships



Program Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program, or, scheduled to retake any parts of board that were failed
  • Prior to matriculation, applicants must have attained their Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
  • Residency Applicant must be a United States Citizen
  • Optometric State Licensure in both Pennsylvania and Maryland

 

Selection Procedure:  

  • Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills.
  • In-person working interview – candidate will observe clinic with the program supervisor and co-coordinator during a typical patient day followed by a sit-down interview after patient care
  • Resident candidates will be ranked and assigned according to ORMatch regulations
  • All applicants for educational programs, employment, or in services to the public will be considered without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic status, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by law.  

 

Website: http://www.midatlanticcornea.com/residency-program/

Application Deadline:  February 1st, 2019

Program Length:  54 weeks

Program Start and End Dates:  July 1st, 2019 – July 14th, 2020

Completion Requirements   

  • Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions in a professional manner and remain in clinic until all patients are cared for or the clinic preceptor states otherwise
  • Maintain patient care log as assigned (with a minimum of 1200 patient encounters)
  • Attend and document all other assigned activities, including in-house clinical, didactic, and scholarly activities
  • Complete the required manuscript of publishable quality
  • Present a clinical case at PCOSU Resident Day
  • Achieve satisfactory performance evaluations
  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the residency program and faculty

Completion status is discussed at each of the formal evaluations with the resident, as well as periodically throughout the year.  The residency certificate is released only upon completion of all elements.



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