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Optometry with Ocular Disease Focus

The Optometry Residency with Ocular Disease Focus was launched in 2015. Our team felt there was a prime opportunity to expose students to the outstanding learning environment, state-of-the art facilities and exceptional patient care provided at Gundersen Health System.

This residency program is made possible through the support of Gundersen Medical Foundation, the Gundersen Eye Clinics and Ophthalmology department. Drs. Gipp and Sterling are program co-directors of this one-year residency program.

The optometry resident sees her/his own patients and is responsible for their care and management, with the guidance of attending physicians. At Gundersen, the optometry resident has the opportunity to:

  • Observe cataract, refractive, glaucoma, oculoplastic and retinal surgeries
  • Observe and work with retinal, glaucoma and corneal specialists
  • Work in the Traumatic Brain Injury/Low Vision Clinic
  • Work one to two days a month at regional Gundersen Eye Clinics
  • Participate in inter-professional education
  • Teach and interact with interns/externs

The primary goal is to deliver education that exposes residents to cutting-edge technology in Gundersen's highly respected Ophthalmology and Optometry departments and in a multidisciplinary healthcare setting. In addition to clinical duties, the resident:

  • Attends lectures on campus
  • Conducts a research project or case study
  • Attends continuing education conferences

The one-year program is affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry. Selection for the residency occurs via the ORMatch website and graduates from all optometry schools are eligible to apply.

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