Corneal and Refractive Eye Care Residency


ORMatch #20027

Program Site: Minnesota Eye Consultants, Minneapolis
Program Coordinators: David R. Hardten, MD and Kate A. Montealegre, OD 
Residency Director: Sherman Reeves, MD
Number of Positions: 1
Program Dates: The program begins in July of each year and runs for 54 weeks. An orientation is provided in the first week of the program.

Program Description

This residency focuses mainly on anterior segment disease and includes cornea, external disease, pre- and postoperative cataract care, refractive surgery and glaucoma. Working alongside or directly with ophthalmologists and optometrists, the resident is integrated into the medical and surgical care of patients. The resident will be located in the central clinic adjacent to the Phillips Eye Institute in Minneapolis.

The program is directed by David R. Hardten, MD and Kate A. Montealegre, OD.

  • Dr. Ahmad Fahmy is the director of optometric services and does specialty contact lens fitting, pre- and postoperative care as well as primary care optometry.
  • The residency is accredited and is affiliated with the Illinois College of Optometry.
  • The ophthalmologists are consultative as well as active clinicians:
    • Drs. Lindstrom, Hardten, Davis and Reeves are subspecialty trained in cornea, external disease, and refractive surgery.
    • Drs. Samuelson, Lindstrom, and Riedel are subspecialty trained in glaucoma.
    • Drs. Lipham and Melicher are fellowship trained oculoplastic surgeons.
  • The optometrists in the group include Scott Hauswirth, Ahmad Fahmy, Mona Fahmy, and Noumia Cloutier-Gill.

The resident’s weekly schedule may vary depending on each of the doctor’s schedules. The typical week will include 3.5 days of clinic time, 0.5 days of observing surgery and 1 day of research. There will be after hours on-call time and two clinical projects required over the course of the year. The first several weeks will be spent familiarizing yourself with the clinic and its flow, and observing each of the doctor’s routines.

About the Phillips Eye Institute

The Phillips Eye Institute is a premier full service ophthalmic subspecialty facility, which performs over 6,000 major surgical cases per year. There are four additional metro Minnesota Eye Consultants clinics located south, east, north and west of the metro area, in the suburbs of Bloomington, Maplewood, Blaine and Minnetonka. These four offices each have ambulatory surgery centers and excimer laser operating rooms. 

Minnesota Eye Consultants Residency in Corneal and Refractive Eye Care Mission

The mission of this Residency in Corneal and Refractive Eye Care is to educate and train the post graduate optometrist to practice beyond entry level in the comprehensive medical management, surgical perioperative management and emergency management of corneal problems and refractive errors, and in the ongoing medical management and surgical co-management of cataracts and glaucoma.

Residency Objectives

Objective 1

The residency in Corneal and Refractive Eyecare is an intensive 54 week educational experience designed to provide advanced clinical training in the examination, diagnosis and management of corneal and refractive disorders. The program emphasizes management of patients undergoing procedures to reduce ametropias, including myopia, hyperopia, astigmatism and presbyopia. This program also exposes the resident to a variety of other anterior segment pathology including the diagnosis and management of glaucoma, exposure to other corneal diseases, such as infectious keratitis and keratoconus, dry eye, and corneal trauma. Management of patients with cataract and complex intraocular lens problems will also be seen.

Objective 2

The resident will perform mentored clinical care services of patients undergoing surgical refractive correction, involving pre-operative assessment and post operative management of the following types of cases.

  • Lasik, Lasek, and Photorefractive Keratectomy (PRK)
  • Intacs
  • Phakic IOLs
  • Multifocal and accommodative IOLs
  • Refractive Lensectomy
  • Conductive Keratoplasty

Objective 3

The resident will perform mentored clinical care services of patients with corneal problems involving medical management, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/ or post-operative management of the following types of cases.

  • Keratoconus
  • Penetrating keratoplasty
  • Genetic corneal dystrophies
  • Fuch’s dystrophies
  • Corneal laceration 
  • Corneal injuries
  • Corneal collagen crosslinking
  • Infectious keratitis
  • Band keratopathy

Objective 4

The resident will perform mentored clinical care services of patients with cataract and associated problems involving medical management, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/ or post-operative management of the following types of cases.

  • Age related cataract
  • Traumatic cataracts
  • Pseudoexfoliative cataracts
  • Cataract with penetrating keratoplasties
  • Cataract following refractive surgery
  • Infection following cataract surgery

Objective 5

The resident will perform mentored clinical care services of patients with glaucoma involving medical management, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/or post-operative management of the following types of cases.

  • Open angle glaucoma
  • Narrow angle glaucoma
  • Pseudoexfoliative glaucoma
  • Cases requiring filtering procedures, including but not limited to trabeculectomy, shunts, and viscocanalostomies.

Objective/Outcome 6

  • The resident will attend at least one professional meeting during the year. 
  • The resident will present at least one poster or paper. 
  • The resident will prepare at least one publishable manuscript

Objective/Outcome 7

  • The resident will teach optometric attendees during the minifellowships held at this clinic
  • The resident will participate and present in the quarterly journal ‘club’ meetings.
  • The resident will participate in the ICO residents’ conferences held on the ICO campus in Chicago.

Salary and Benefits

The resident’s stipend is $47,000 per year. There is a continuing education allowance. A benefits package including liability, health, life, and dental is available. Participation in the 401K plan is also available. Twenty-five days off including vacation, sick days, education and interview days are included.

Completion Acknowledgment

A framed certificate is presented on completion of the program from Minnesota Eye Consultants.

Materials and Further Information:

Kate A. Montealegre, OD
710 E. 24th St., Suite 100
Minneapolis, MN 55404
kamontealegre@mneye.com

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