UAB School of Optometry Affiliated Residency Programs

Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham Veterans Affairs Medical Center (two positions)

Mission:

The mission of the residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham VAMC is to provide optometric residents with clinical experience in geriatric and rehabilitative optometry that goes beyond the general optometric four-year curriculum. The clinical training in the residency program will result in the resident’s attainment of advanced competencies in eye, vision, health and rehabilitation care. The residency’s comprehensive experience includes participation in the Birmingham VAMC Optometry Resident Clinic, Southeastern Blind Rehabilitation Center, Outpatient Low Vision Rehabilitation Clinic, and the UAB School of Optometry’s Residency Program. The residency’s advanced didactic training and strong clinical foundation allow residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities that require a high level of clinical expertise, such as specialized optometric practice or academia.

  

This residency program provides the unique opportunity for the resident to spend six months of the program providing direct patient care to a geriatric population (ocular disease and primary care) and six months providing low vision rehabilitation services to inpatients and outpatients in the Blind Rehabilitation Center. The program primarily involves direct patient care by the resident, but Supervision of student externs is also incorporated into the program.  The Resident in Geriatric Optometry and Low Vision Rehabilitation attends a regularly scheduled weekly Residency Conference which includes presentations by faculty and guests, grand rounds, case conferences, journal club, records review, and other learning activities.  In order to better develop the residents’ scholarship, a paper suitable for publication is required.

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Bethany Martinez, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O
Supervisor of the Residency in Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry
Bethany.Martinez@va.gov

Birmingham VAMC website







Residency in Hospital-Based / Primary Care Optometry at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center
(two positions)

Mission:

The mission of the Residency in Hospital-Based / Primary Care Optometry at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center is to provide a unique post-doctoral experience in a multidisciplinary setting with the intent to nurture the residents' development into exceptional optometric clinicians by broadening general skills and mastering additional specialized skills through independent patient care while adhering to supervision guidelines.

 

This residency program is designed to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, exposure to multidisciplinary management of  systemic disease, and primary eye care. The program primarily involves direct patient care by the resident, but supervision of student externs is also incorporated in the program. The Residents in Holspital-Based / Primary Care Optometry attend a regularly scheduled weekly Residency Conference which includes presentations by faculty and guests, grand rounds, case conferences, journal club, records review, and other learning activities. In order to better develop the residents’ scholarship, a paper suitable for publication is required.

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Lisa Schifanella, O.D., M.S.
Supervisor of the Residency in Hospital-Based / Primary Care Optometry
lisa.schifanella@va.gov

Tuscaloosa VAMC website








Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services, Atlanta
(three positions)

Mission:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services is to seek to attract and select the best-qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with concentrated clinical experience and advanced didactic knowledge in secondary care optometry.  Training will be provided at a level to allow individuals who complete the program to deliver a high level of secondary eye care, serve as teachers in optometric or other professional environments, and serve the profession as experts and leaders in secondary eye care.   

  

The Resident in Ocular Disease has the opportunity to provide advanced clinical care to a diverse and challenging population of adult (over 16) patients in one of the nation's leading co-management centers.  The Omni Atlanta faculty includes board certified doctors of optometry and ophthalmology who specialize in anterior and posterior segment disease of the eye.  The resident will provide pre- and post-operative care in addition to daily management of ocular disease conditions. The program primarily involves direct patient care by the resident, but exposure to teaching through clinical supervision of staff and students is also incorporated. In order to better develop the residents’ scholarship, a paper suitable for publication is required. Participation in emergency call sharpens the residents’ independent diagnostic and management skills.

 

Paul Ajamian, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Supervisor of the Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services, Atlanta
ajamian@aol.com

Omni Atlanta website residency page






Residency in Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham (one position) 

Mission:

 The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents completing the program to deliver a high level of secondary eye care, serve as teachers in optometric or other professional environments, and serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in secondary eye care.

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The Resident has the opportunity to provide clinical care in a referral center setting in Birmingham, Alabama.  The VisionAmerica faculty includes two anterior segment specialists, a pediatric specialist, two retinal specialists, one oculoplastic specialist, and three optometric experts in eye disease.  The resident will diagnose and manage ocular disease, provide pre- and post-operative care, and learn administrative aspects of a referral center practice. The program primarily involves direct patient care by the resident, but clinical supervision of students and teaching in clinical workshops and continuing education events is also incorporated into the program. The Resident attends a regularly scheduled weekly Residency Conference.  In order to better develop the residents’ scholarship, a paper suitable for publication is required. Participation in emergency call sharpens the residents’ diagnosis and management skills.   Accreditation is being actively pursued for this program in its first year.

  

Paul Batson, O.D.
Supervisor of the Residency in Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham
pbatson@eyehealthpartners.com

VisionAmerica of Birmingham residency information