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CORNEA & CONTACT LENS OPTOMETRIC RESIDENCY AT MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Glendale, AZ)

The mission of the cornea and contact lens residency program at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry is to provide qualified Doctors of Optometry with a unique opportunity for advanced training in specialty contact lens fitting and cornea and anterior segment disease treatment and management.  This educational experience utilizes state of the art technology to deliver extensive clinical experience, exposure to academic teaching and scholarship.

General Information

Duration of Agreement: July 1 - June 30
Number of Positions: 
One (1) position available each year.
Annual Salary: $55,000
Hours: Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. These activities include direct patient care at the Midwestern University Eye Institute, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) Optometry Clinic, and Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center. Time will be given for research, reading, presentations, and didactic interactions.
Leave: 10 vacations days per year, 10 days flex time, holidays. Paid holidays include: New Year's Day, MLK, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, MWU President's Choice.
Professional Liability Protection: Provided by Midwestern University
Patient Population:  Midwestern University Eye Institute and its affiliated sites offer a diverse patient population ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics.
On-Call Duty : On-call duties will be assigned with supervision and support.

Program Goals

  1. Enhance the resident's clinical experience in cornea and contact lens patient care by providing a diverse clinical patient population, fitting specialty contact lenses, managing ocular prosthetics, and managing corneal disease while also maintaining their primary care knowledge
  2. Develop the resident's knowledge base and develop skills for lifelong learning and evidence-based patient care
  3. Offer academic opportunities in both didactic and clinical teaching and promote the development of effective teaching strategies
  4. Develop the resident's communication skills with the healthcare community for effective co-management and promote an interdisciplinary educational experience
  5. Provide opportunities for scholarship
  6. Promote resident involvement in community and college service
  7. Guide residents in professional development and job placement

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
  2. Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part lll.
  3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Arizona.
  4. Midwestern University is a drug-free environment and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Requirements

Completion Requirements


For additional information about this residency program, please contact:

Brianne Hobbs, OD, FAAO
Director of Residencies
Midwestern University Eye Institute
5865 W Utopia Rd.
Glendale, AZ  85308
bhobbs@midwestern.edu
(623) 806.7216    


FAMILY PRACTICE OPTOMETRIC RESIDENCY AT MIDWESTERN UNIVERSITY ARIZONA COLLEGE OF OPTOMETRY (Glendale, AZ)

The mission of the residency programs at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry is to help residents develop into confident and independent doctors through guided professional development and advanced training in an inter-disciplinary environment.  This educational experience utilizes state of the art technology to deliver extensive clinical experience, exposure to academic teaching and involvement in research.

General Information

Duration of Agreement: July 1 - June 30
Number of Positions: 
One (1) position available each year.
Annual Salary: $55,000
Hours: Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. These activities include direct patient care at the Midwestern University Eye Institute, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) Optometry Clinic, and Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center. Time will be given for research, reading, presentations, and didactic interactions.
Leave: 10 vacations days per year, 10 days flex time, holidays. Paid holidays include: New Year's Day, MLK, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, MWU President's Choice.
Professional Liability Protection: Provided by Midwestern University
Patient Population:  Midwestern University Eye Institute and its affiliated sites offer a diverse patient population ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics.
On-Call Duty : On-call duties will be assigned with supervision and support.

Program Goals

  1. Strengthen clinical skills with a diversity of patient encounters to allow residents to excel in the practice of optometry
  2. Offer academic opportunities in both didactic and clinical teaching and promote the development of effective teaching strategies
  3. Foster relationships in the healthcare community and promote an interdisciplinary educational
  4. Develop skills for lifelong learning and evidence-based patient care
  5. Provide opportunities for scholarship
  6. Promote resident involvement in community and college service
  7. Guide residents in professional development and job placement

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
  2. Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part lll.
  3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Arizona.
  4. Midwestern University is a drug-free environment and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Requirements

Completion Requirements

For additional information about this residency program, please contact:

Brianne Hobbs, OD, FAAO
Director of Residencies
Midwestern University Eye Institute
5865 W Utopia Rd.
Glendale, AZ  85308
bhobbs@midwestern.edu
(623) 806-7216    


PRIMARY CARE & OCULAR DISEASE RESIDENCY AT TSEHOOTSOOI MEDICAL CENTER- FORT DEFIANCE INDIAN HOSPITAL BOARD INC. (Fort Defiance, AZ)

Serving the Navajo Native American population provides some of the most well rounded residency and externship programs available. The unique combination of ocular disease, trauma, and high refractive disorders in patients of all ages in addition to a close-working multidisciplinary staff creates a highly effective learning environment.

Tsehootsooi Medical Center and Midwestern University's Arizona College of Optometry have joined forces to create the TMC Primary Care & Ocular Disease Optometry Residency Program on the Navajo Reservation. The Fort Defiance Indian Hospital Board, Inc. consists of the Tsehootsooi Medical Center (TMC) and its satellite clinic Nahata'Dziil Health Center in Sanders, AZ. TMC is a 245,000 square foot, state of the art facility that was built in 2002. It is a 56 bed inpatient hospital and houses a number of outpatient clinics including a 10 lane optometry clinic. The hospital provides multidisciplinary, high quality and community guided health care services to approximately 40,000 Native Americans.

The Navajo Reservation is the largest tribe and reservation in the United States spanning 25,000 square miles. The Navajo or Dine people whom we serve are a very pleasant and appreciative people that are a joy to work with. Many of the elderly patients still speak only Navajo, living according to traditional Navajo religious and cultural practices. A number of our patients do not have electricity or running water in their homes. Unfortunately, there is a high incidence of diabetes mellitus in the Navajo population and a significant number of patients have hypertension, autoimmune disease and other systemic diseases. Frequently encountered eye problems include glaucoma, uveitis, cataracts, diabetic and other vascular retinopathies, cranial nerve palsies, infectious and vernal conjunctivitis, amblyopia, high refractive errors, foreign bodies, and ocular trauma from domestic violence and motor vehicle accidents.

The TMC optometry resident will spend a majority of his/her time at the eye clinic within the hospital, but will also travel to our satellite clinic in Sanders. The eye clinic is fully equipped with modern ophthalmic instruments and is staffed by technicians. Observation of surgical procedures with respected ophthalmologists in the area will be arranged. Although all residents are required to write a research paper of publishable quality and to provide a presentation at an IHS, state or national association meeting, emphasis of the residency is on gaining meaningful clinical experience. Inexpensive housing is provided in hospital housing next to the hospital.

We are located in one of the most scenic areas of the country, and offer almost unlimited opportunities for outdoor recreational activities. We are within a half a day drive of more than a dozen national parks and monuments and we are only minutes away from the Navajo Nation Capital in Window Rock, Arizona.

Annual Salary: $64,000

For additional information, please contact:

Erika Anderson, OD
Residency Coordinator
PO Box 649 Fort Defiance AZ 86504
(928) 729-8926
erika.anderson@fdihb.org


PRIMARY CARE AND OCULAR DISEASE RESIDENCY AT EYE ASSOCIATES OF NEW MEXICO (Albuquerque, NM)

This program is designed to provide an advanced educational experience focused on primary eye care and ocular disease management in a private practice setting working closely with ophthalmology. Each resident will graduate from this program with a deep understanding of full-­‐scope patient care with the knowledge and skills to care for the current change in demographics of our nation. This program will provide a solid foundation for providing medical eye care that includes retinal conditions, glaucoma, and anterior segment disease. Emphasis will be placed on the use of current technology to care for macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma, and cataracts.

General Information

Duration of Agreement: August 1 - July 31  

Number of Positions: One (1) positional available each year. 

Annual Salary: $45,000 * 

*Periodically adjusted; please contact the program supervisor for current salary information.

Click here to access the brochure with additional information about this program.