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Ocular Disease Residency

Associated Eye Care’s optometric residency program provides advanced training and experience in the treatment of ocular disease through patient care, clinical research, education and scholarship in an integrated eye care model.

  • Program Sites: Associated Eye Care, Stillwater, Minn.
  • Program Coordinator: Jacob R. Lang, OD; Stephen Lane, MD; Evan Ballard, MD; Mary Bower
  • Residency Director: Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA
  • Number of Positions: 1
  • Accreditation: Pending
  • 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.
  • ORMatch #31424

Program Description

This post-graduate residency program is offered by AEC in Minnesota, an affiliate of ICO. The goal of this program is to provide advanced clinical training in the treatment of ocular disease, clinical research and surgical co-management and perioperative care, as well as comprehensive care to patients ranging in age from neonatal to geriatric. AEC’s integrated eye care model allows the resident to work in conjunction with both optometrists and ophthalmologists in a fast-paced private clinic that treats the entire spectrum of ocular pathologies. This organization includes a broad range of sub-specialized eye care providers such as pediatric, glaucoma, retina, dry eye, cornea and anterior segment, therapeutic contact lens, as well as refractive laser and cataract specialists. This structure allows us to care for our patient’s “vision for a lifetime.”

There will be after hours on-call time and two clinical projects, such as case reports, are required over the course of the year. Involvement in clinical research will also be required. Residents are invited to lecture and present case reports at resident seminars held in conjunction with ICO as well as local and national optometric conferences.

About Associated Eye Care

AEC is a comprehensive and tertiary eye care practice with optometric, ophthalmologic and optical services including a state of the art surgery center. There are currently five optometrists and 10 ophthalmologists at AEC, with sub-specialties in pediatrics, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, retina, anterior segment, oculoplastics and refractive surgery.

AEC utilizes cutting-edge technologies including anterior and posterior OCT, HRT, digital photography, automated visual fields, ultrasound biomicroscopy, Nova VEP and specular microscopy. Our dry eye clinic employs advanced diagnostic and treatment technologies such as Lipiview and Lipiflow devices and is an area of focus regarding clinical research. The surgical center is also on the forefront of technology and employs Intralase and excimer refractive lasers, as well as modern cataract technologies including LenSx femtosecond cataract surgery, the ORA system, as well as phakic and multifocal IOLs.

AEC exists to provide high quality, extensive eye care to the eastern Twin Cities metropolitan area and to patients of all ages through a multi-specialty, integrated care approach. We treat each patient with respect, dignity, kindness, and compassion and strive to continuously understand their needs and exceed their expectations of quality eye care. We are recognized by patients, primary care physicians, ophthalmologists, optometrists, opticians, and patients as a leading group of high integrity eye care professionals.

Program Objectives/Design

This residency in ocular disease is based in an integrated OD/MD model and is a rigorous 54-week educational experience designed to provide advanced clinical training in the examination, diagnosis and management of a broad scope of ocular conditions and diseases.

  • The resident will perform mentored clinical care services to patients with ocular pathologies including, but not limited to, the areas of cornea and anterior segment, vitreous and retina, glaucoma, oculoplastics and pediatrics by utilizing medical management options, and when appropriate, pre-operative assessment and/or post-operative management.
  • The resident will also preform comprehensive care of patients including complete eye exams and contact lens fitting.
  • The resident will participate in after-hours emergent care.
  • The resident will observe surgical techniques including advanced cataract procedures, LASIK and refractive procedures, SLT as well as surgical glaucoma procedures and lid procedures.
  • The resident will participate in the clinical research taking place at AEC.
  • The resident will be encouraged to present at least one poster or paper.
  • The resident will prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.
  • The resident will participate in and present at quarterly journal review meetings.
  • The resident will participate in local and/or national optometric meetings.
  • The resident will spend a minimum of 40 hours each week at AEC.

Research and Educational Opportunities

The resident will participate in and attend continuing education events sponsored by AEC as well as attending state and national optometric events. A stipend is provided to help with associated expenses. They will participate in case studies and journal reviews as assigned by AEC staff. Some of the reviews will be in conjunction with the Minnesota chapter of the American Academy of Optometry. The resident will also have access to the ICO the library and communications department.

AEC is a national research center for glaucoma, dry eye, allergy, ocular infection, and ocular inflammation as well as surgical procedures and devices. The residents will participate in these studies throughout the program year and will prepare a research or case project/paper/poster of publishable quality.

Salary and Benefits

  • Stipend: $35,000
  • Health, dental, basic life & AD&D, supplemental life & AD&D, long-term disability and flex
  • Paid leave–PTO/CE: 10 days and compensated professional meeting time is granted.
  • Holidays: All standard holidays as recognized by AEC
  • CE reimbursement: $1,000 for certain CE events approved by AEC
  • License & malpractice insurance: Paid for the duration of the residency

Program Application

The application deadline is February 1 of the year desired. Applicants must include a letter of intent, transcripts, NBEO scores (typically supplied by ORMS; applicants are encouraged to take Part III boards before January so that results can be included in the application), and two letters of recommendation.

For more information:

Jacob Lang, OD, FAAO
2950 Curve Crest Blvd.
Stillwater, MN 55082