Program Description

The resident will work closely with ophthalmologists and optometrists who have subspecialty training in anterior segment, cataract, cornea, dry eye and refractive surgery in a private clinic/ referral center setting. There will be a strong emphasis on pre- and post-operative management of ocular surgery patients. The resident will attend semiannual Kugler Vision continuing education events and have the opportunity to participate in clinical research, observe surgery, and work with ophthalmic technicians.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Residency Program in Refractive and Ocular surgery program at Kugler Vision seeks to advance the competency of the resident in the medical management of ocular disease and co-management of ocular surgery with specific emphasis on refractive, cataract, and corneal surgery.

Program Goals 

Goal 1: Achieve clinical competency in the evaluation and management of corneal refractive surgery patients (LASIK, PRK, SMILE).

Objectives:

  1. The resident will participate in the evaluation of patients presenting for refractive surgery
  2. The resident will help determine the best procedure to achieve the desired result
  3. The resident will participate in the pre and post-operative management of refractive surgery patients including those with complex recovery and/or complication management
  4. The resident will keep a log of all patients under this goal

Goal 2: Achieve clinical competency in the evaluation and management of IOL based refractive surgery patients (Refractive Lens Exchange, Phakic IOL).

Objectives:

  1. The resident will participate in the evaluation of patients presenting for IOL based refractive surgery
  2. The resident will help determine the best procedure to achieve the desired result
  3. The resident will participate in the pre and post-operative management of lens-based refractive surgery patients including those with complex recovery and/or complication management
  4. The resident will keep a log of all patients under this goal

Goal 3: Achieve clinical competency in the evaluation and management of premium IOL based cataract surgery.

Objectives:

  1. The resident will participate in the evaluation of patients presenting for cataract surgery
  2. The resident will help determine the best technology and targets to achieve the desired result
  3. The resident will participate in the pre and post-operative management of cataract surgery patients including those with complex recovery and/or complication management The resident will keep a log of all patients under this goal

Goal 4: Expand the resident's knowledge in the management of the dry eye patient

Objectives:

  1. The resident will participate in the evaluation of dry eye patients
  2. The resident will develop competence in a full array of dry eye management technologies including BlephEx, LipiFlow, True Tear, Serum Tears, Amniotic Membrane, and other medical treatments
  3. The resident will keep a log of all dry eye patients, treatments, and outcomes

Goal 5: Develop competence in the understanding of the advanced optics of refractive surgery

Objectives:

  1. The resident will be comfortable and competent using the most modern diagnostic technology available including Scheimpflug Imaging, HD Analyzer, iTrace Wavefront Aberrometry, Endothelial Spectroscopy, Anterior / Posterior OCT, Epithelial Mapping, UBM Ultrasound, Interoperative aberrometry, and other technologies
  2. The resident will be competent in understanding how the diagnostic technology may be used to deliver the desired results for patients

Goal 6: Encourage the pursuit of scholarly activities

Objectives:

  1. The resident will participate in the publication of scholarly articles.
  2. The resident will participate in ongoing clinical trials
  3. The resident will participate in teaching students and staff

Curriculum Description

  1. The resident will participate in patient care by providing professional services at Kugler Vision.
  2. The resident will examine primary care, pre- and post-surgical patients, and ocular disease patients underoptometric and ophthalmological supervision at Kugler Vision.
  3. The resident will participate in, and at times, lead seminars, workshops and journal club for Kugler Vision optometrists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic technicians and partner optometrists.
  4. The resident will attend, at a minimum, one professional regional meeting.
  5. The resident will serve as a co-investigator in, at a minimum, one clinical trial.
  6. The resident will participate in regular discussions and reviews of literature and will write at least one research paper, literature review or case report suitable for publication.

Selection Procedure

The selection process will include the candidate's personal statement, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from optometry schooland all post-graduate schools, test scores from NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and at least 3 letters of reference (two from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's clinical skills). The Program Coordinator will select and rank the most qualified applicants with input from the residency faculty. The rank order list will be submitted to the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch Service) in accordance with their policies and deadlines.

The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Admission 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.
  2. Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. Theselected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part III.
  3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as a therapeutic optometrist in the State of Nebraska.
  4. Candidates must receive full unrestricted clinical privileges at Kugler Vision.

Requirements for Completion

  1. The resident is required to achieve an overall performance evaluation of “satisfactory” or higher on their finalevaluation by the program coordinator.
  2. The resident is required to maintain a patient log.
  3. The resident must complete all teaching assignments and conduct monthly seminars..
  4. The resident must present a poster or podium presentation at a regional or national meeting or write a paper of publishable quality.
  5. The resident is required to complete all evaluations of attendings, residency program coordinator, and the residency program. 

Stipend
$36,500

Program Benefits and Liability Coverage

• Professional Liability Coverage
• Vacation
• Travel Allowance

 

Contact Information 

Mollie Hiatt, O.D.
Residency Program Coordinator
Kugler Vision, PC
17838 Burke St. Suite 100, Omaha, NE 68118

Phone Number: (402)558-2211
Fax Number: (402)558-2212
Email: mhiatt@kuglervision.com