Site description: facilities & locations
EXTERNSHIP PROGRAM OVERVIEW:
Our externship program has a strong emphasis on ocular disease with the provision of primary, tertiary, and surgical eye care, sub-specialty eye care and optometric co-management eye care. At Eye Centers of South Florida, externs work directly with some of the finest eye doctors in South Florida, including comprehensive ophthalmologists, a vitreo-retinal surgeon, an oculo-plastic specialist, and numerous other specialists.
Each doctor is enthusiastic about working with the externs and maximizing their learning potential. Externs will find the environment to provide a unique and exciting educational experience. Maximum effort is made to allow students the opportunity to utilize and build upon the knowledge and skills that they have acquired thus far. Our philosophy is “Learn by Doing” and to expose the student to a broad range of medical eye care experiences. The site offers the students clinical experiences with comprehensive eye exams, follow-up exams, and pre- and post-operative care, and the use of specialized ophthalmic equipment (see below).
Externs are encouraged to formulate their own diagnoses and treatment plans prior to presenting the patient to the doctors. Students should manage approximately forty to fifty patients per week. Externs also can observe in-office laser treatments and outpatient ocular surgeries performed utilizing the latest techniques and advances in the field. In addition to patient exposure, educational efforts are supplemented by case presentations by the students, case and slide reviews by the doctors, guest lectures on varying ocular disease topics and presentations by company reps on ophthalmic products and services. Not only will externs be exposed to ocular disease, but they will also learn about practice management, professional relations, the optometric referral and co-management system, and managed care issues from our organization.
We feel that each extern contributes directly to Eye Centers of South Florida’s growth and success, and we hope that they would be proud to be a member of our team. Again, our objective is to provide an environment that is conducive to both personal and professional growth. We know that the extern’s experience at our office would be challenging, enjoyable, and rewarding.
- To provide clinical experience under the supervision of premier licensed eye doctors.
- To expose the extern to a wide range of ocular disease, diagnoses and treatments.
- To provide the extern with the opportunity to experience continuity of clinical care and patient management consistent with the highest standards of evidence-based patient care.
- To improve exam efficiency and productivity in a non-academic clinical setting.
- To increase exposure to practice management and administrative activities of a practice.
- To enhance the extern’s desire for continued and life-long learning as it relates to patient care and evidence-based treatments.
A-Scan biometry, B-Scan ultrasonography (VTS), Zeiss Atlas Corneal Topographer, Topcon CA-800 Corneal Analyzer, Zeiss CLARUS 5000 digital fundus photography, Topcon DCI anterior segment camera, Zeiss IOLMaster, Humphrey (HFA-3) Visual Field Analyzer, Frequency Doubling Technology (FDT) Visual Field Analyzer, Zeiss Ocular Coherence Tomography (OCT), automated refraction and keratometry, retinal angiography, specular endothelial microscopy, InflammaDry, AdenoPlus RPS Detector, external photography, and in office Argon and YAG lasers, and ocular prosthetics.
FACILITIES AND LOCATIONS:
Our externs will be scheduled primarily at both our offices, conveniently located in Miami-Dade and Broward counties. The office hours are 8:30 am to 5:30 pm, Monday through Friday. On occasion, students will shadow eye care specialists also located locally. Each of our two locations is equipped with 10 complete examination lanes, as well as a few specialty testing areas, a minor surgery room, and YAG and Argon laser capabilities.