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Anterior Segment Disease and Contact Lenses Residency

Program Site: Davis Duehr Dean, Madison, Wis.
Program Coordinators: John Vukich, MD & Robert Heyden, OD (
Residency Director: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
Number of Positions: 1
Program Dates: Accredited, 1 year program: August 1 – July 31

Program Description

This post-graduate residency program is offered by the Illinois College of Optometry in conjunction with Davis Duehr Dean in Madison, Wisconsin.  The goal of this program is to provide advanced clinical training in the treatment of anterior segment disease, surgical co-management and perioperative care of cataract, and refractive surgery patients, as well the fitting of medical contact lenses.  Procedures covered include LASIK, DSAEK, PRK, PTK, clear lens extraction, phakic IOLs, and multifocal IOLs.  First-hand experience with Orbscan, Pentacam, wavefront and other new technologies will be available.

The curriculum includes medical contact lens fitting for keratoconus, post PK, and post-refractive surgery patients.  Sub-specialty rotations in glaucoma and retina clinics are part of the core clinical studies.  The resident may participate in an ophthalmic photography/instruments clinic including Cirrus OCT, OCT III, Visante OCT, digital photography, GDxVCC, Orbscan and Pentacam corneal mapping; Humphrey Matrix, and Goldmann perimetry.

Residents are invited to lecture and present case reports at resident seminars held in conjunction with the Illinois College of Optometry. The program is fully accredited and successfully underwent re-accreditation in 2011.

About Davis Duehr Dean

Davis Duehr Dean is located in the capital city of Madison, Wisconsin, and is the largest eye care group in the state, with over 60,000 patient visits annually. Established over 90 years ago, the clinic consists of 23 ophthalmologists and 11 optometrists. The refractive surgery center has a MEL 80 Zeiss excimer laser, as well as a Visx Custom View Wavescan system on site. The clinic maintains a fully accredited ambulatory surgery center. Wisconsin has progressive legislation regarding optometric therapeutics and all instruction is within the scope of practice allowed by state law.

Program Objectives/Design

  • To enhance skills in the diagnosis and management of: anterior segment diseasepre/post-surgical carecornea/contact lens careglaucomavitreo-retinal diseaseprimary eye care
  • To develop/enhance skills of an advanced diagnostic or management nature: post-surgical caremedical contact lens careophthalmic photographycorneal topography, wave front technology

To accomplish these objectives, the resident participates in the following rotations:

  • Cataract Refractive Surgery Clinic:
  • 15 hours/week
  • Cornea/External Disease Clinic: 12 hours/week
  • Primary Care/Contact Lens Clinic: 8  hours/week
  • Retina Clinic: 4-8 hours/week for 3 mos.
  • Glaucoma Clinic:  4-8 hours/week for 3 mos.
  • Lectures/Grand Rounds: 1 hour/week
  • Self-study/Research: 4 hours/week

The resident will spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at Davis Duehr Dean.

Research Responsibilities

The resident is required to submit a paper of publishable quality during the course of the residency year.  This may be in the format of a literature review, case report, or original research.

Educational Conferences

The resident attends and participates in weekly conferences that take place at the University of  Wisconsin School of Medicine in the department of ophthalmology.  Residents may attend, at no charge, any continuing education courses provided by the Illinois College of Optometry.  The resident has full access to any of the material or services provided at the College.  This includes the library and media production department.

The resident will participate in a seminar at the Illinois College of Optometry provided by an expert in medical education.  The goal of this program is to enhance the resident’s clinical precepting skills as well as to aid the resident with development of public speaking skills.

Residency Supervision/Evaluation

The residency program coordinators are responsible for supervision of the resident; however, the resident works with a variety of faculty members. The program coordinators report to the Director of Residencies at the College. The resident receives three formal evaluations in addition to informal feedback from the residency program coordinators and other faculty. Grand Rounds presentations given twice a year at the College are evaluated by faculty in attendance. A summary report is generated by the program coordinator and reviewed with the resident. The resident is asked to evaluate the program faculty and residency experience at mid-year and at the end of the program.

Salary and Benefits

The resident’s stipend is $34,000 per year. A full professional benefits package including professional liability, health, life, dental and limited term disability insurance is provided. Two weeks vacation per year and compensated professional meeting time is granted. Travel expenses related to activities at the Illinois College of Optometry are paid by the College.

Criteria For Completion

Attendance at all clinical assignments.Attendance and participation in all scheduled conferences. Submission of a paper of publishable quality. Successful completion of all learning objectives.

Materials and further information:

Robert Heyden, OD
1025 Regent St.
Madison, WI 53715