Vision Rehabilitation (Brain Injury Rehabilitation) Residency

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Emphasis Areas: Brain Injury Rehabilitation
                                               Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC)
1722 Tagatay Dr.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

Program Supervisor
Winston Posvar, O.D.
Phone: (910) 643-2048

Additional Program Faculty
Jill Bakota-Gutierrez, OD, FAAO

Description of Program
This 12-month program provides U.S. Army Optometrists with advanced clinical training in diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). This program is available to active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with an obligated commitment to the U.S. Army. Residents will be members of a hospital-based multi-disciplinary health care team. Emphasis is placed upon the interdisciplinary approach to assess and manage patients with oculomotor as well as ocular health conditions resulting from ABI.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation Military Pay
Hours Per Week 45
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline, Program does not use ORMatch
ORMS Matching Service No
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
The residency program includes rotations through WAMC Department of Brain Injury Medicine specialty clinics (e.g., neurology, physical therapy, vestibular therapy, speech & language pathologist, neuropsychologist). The resident will also attend lectures/workshops on topics relating to ABI provided at WAMC, SUNY Optometry, and professional meetings. The resident will also attend Army courses specific to medical and optometric interest.

Teaching Responsibilities
Teaching skills are developed by participating in the clinical education of optometry externs from several optometry schools.

Research Responsibilities
Residents are required to present one minor and one major optometric lecture. The resident is required to write at least one paper of publishable quality by the end of the residency.
Opportunities for research are available, if the resident desires, by either conducting his/her own research or actively participating as associate investigator for an on-going research study.

Liability Protection
The resident’s professional liability protectoin is covered by Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) under 28 US Code, Section 2679

Full health coverage, regular military benefits, 30 days leave per year (15 days can be taken during the residency year)

Active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with obligated commitment to the U.S. Army through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and/or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). All eligible Army applicants may apply for the residency via the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Applicants apply approximately 18 months prior to the expected residency start date. See specific guideline from the Army.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) Residency Program is to provide advanced clinical training for military Optometrists in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) in a multidisciplinary hospital-based setting while enhancing traditional primary and acute eye care. In addition, the program strives to provide advanced levels of didactic and scholarly activities to prepare residents for leadership roles within the Optometric profession.

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