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Optometry in Ocular Disease with emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation

The Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation launched in June 2018. 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 Gundersen Ophthalmology/Optometry. Jennifer Gipp, OD, and Kristen Reierson, OD, are program co-directors of this one-year residency program.

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

  • Manage patients with traumatic and other acquired brain injuries at the La Crosse Eye Clinic
  • Work with Vestibular Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation and several other specialties to coordinate care for patients with acquired brain injuries
  • Participate on inpatient rounds for patients who have suffered from acquired brain injuries
  • Work two or three days per week at Gundersen regional eye clinics (vehicle for travel is provided)
  • Participate in inter-professional education opportunities with departments such as Neurology, Radiology, Endocrinology and Rheumatology
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