Summary (2020-2021 catalog)
|Year of study||Credits||Lecture hours||Lab / Demo hours||Screening hours||Clinic hours|
|Total Program Hours 4150-4270|
Sequential (2020-2021 catalog)
|1st Year: Fall||SBS1||Systemic Biomedical Sciences 1||4|
|APP1||Applied Pharmacology 1||3|
|APO1||Applied Optics 1||4|
|PCO1||Principles and Practice of Primary Care Optometry I||2|
|CCO1||Cultural Competency in Optometry I||2|
|CCL1||Cultural Competency Language Lab I (Optional)||(1)|
|HDA0||Human Development and Aging||2|
|OAP1||Integrative Ocular Anatomy and Physiology I||2.5|
|1st Year: Spring||SBS2||Systemic Biomedical Sciences 2||4|
|APO2||Applied Optics 2||4|
|PCO2||Principles and Practice of Primary Care Optometry 2||2|
|CCO2||Cultural Competency in Optometry 2||2|
|CCL2||Cultural Competency Language Lab 2 (Optional)||(1)|
|OAP2||Integrative Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 2||3|
|APP2||Applied Pharmacology 2||3|
|OCD1||Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 1||1|
|1st Year: Summer||LFC0||Perception of Light, Form and Color||4|
|2nd Year: Fall||SBS3||Systemic Biomedical Sciences 3||4|
|APO3||Applied Optics 3||4|
|PCO3||Principles and Practice of Primary Care Optometry 3||5|
|VSC1||Vision Screenings and Clerkship||1|
|MBV0||Ocular Motility and Binocular Vision||4|
|ODS1||Ocular Disease 1||4|
|OCD2||Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 2||0.5|
|2nd Year: Spring||PCO4||Principles and Practice of Primary Care Optometry 4||5|
|CSA0||Comprehensive Clinic Skills Assessment||0.1|
|PCL0||Primary Care Contact Lenses||3|
|ODS2||Ocular Diseases 2||4|
|DVT1||Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy 1||3|
|EPH0||Epidemiology and Public Health||2|
|OCD3||Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 3||0.5|
|3rd Year: Summer||PC01||Patient Care 1||0.66|
|3rd Year: Fall||ODS3||Ocular Diseases 3||4|
|DVT2||Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy 2||3|
|PLV0||Primary Care Low Vision||3|
|EBO0||Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-Based Optometry||1|
|POE0||Profession of Optometry and Ethics||1|
|PCO2||Patient Care 2||4|
|PBM0||Publishable Manuscript Submission||0.5|
|3rd Year: Spring||ACL0||Advanced Contact Lenses||2|
|AVT0||Advanced Vision Therapy||2|
|ALV0||Advanced Low Vision||2|
|AOD0||Advanced Ocular Diseases||2|
|PCO3||Patient Care 3||4|
|4th Year Clinic Program||PC40||Patient Care, Bayamón Clinic||2.5|
|PC41||In- House Satelite Clinics, Rio Piedras Clinic||2.5|
|PC42||In- House Satelite Clinics, Caguas Clinic||2.5|
|PC43||In- House Satelite Clinics, Santurce Clinic||2.5|
|PC44||In- House Satelite Clinics, Hato Rey Clinic||2.5|
|PC45||In- House Satelite Clinics, Juana Diaz Clinic||2.5|
|LE01||Local Externships Sites, Site 1||2.5|
|LE02||Local Externships Sites, Site 2||2.5|
|LE03||Local Externships Sites, Site 3||5|
|LE04||Local Externships Sites, Site 4||5|
|EA01||Externships Sites Abroad, Externship Site 1||2.5|
|EA02||Externships Sites Abroad, Externship Site 2||2.5|
|EA03||Externships Sites Abroad, Externship Site 3||5|
|EA04||Externships Sites Abroad, Externship Site 4||5|
Integrative teaching is emphasized in both the Academic Department (didactic teaching) and Patient Care Department (clinical instruction) in the new curriculum. The concept is to provide students with a clinical perspective in basic science concepts, thereby developing conceptually based clinical reasoning skills applicable to entry-level practice.
The Academic Department is no longer differentiated into a Basic Science Department and a Clinical Science Department. Hence, courses under this curricular structure are not to be defined as purely basic science courses or clinical science courses. They are assembled and taught in one of the following three manners:
• as conceptually-inclined courses with clinical relevance
• as clinically-inclined courses with conceptual significance
• as a parallel–corresponding courses with equivalent conceptual and clinical relevance
Common denominators among courses in these categories are intended to facilitate the students’ ability to develop clinical reasoning with a conceptual background. Based on this model, emphasis on concept and application varies depending on the course modality.
Presentation of material will be cohesive and synchronized by either integrating or correlating basic and clinical concepts. Conceptually inclined courses and clinically inclined courses require an integrative presentation, whereas parallel-corresponding courses are presented correlatively. Integrative
presentations of conceptually inclined courses involve discussion of clinical associations that are pertinent to the predominant basic science topic taught. In the same manner, clinically inclined courses are taught providing basic science concepts related to the clinical topic
discussed to provide background comprehension.
Parallel-corresponding courses consist of proportioned presentations of health concepts related to primary ocular diseases and ocular diseases secondary to systemic conditions, with their respective clinical applications utilizing a complementary approach. Elective courses also form part of the new curriculum. The purpose of these courses is for optometric student to further enhance their knowledge in specific areas within optometry
in order to encourage the students to apply for optometric residency programs. All these electives are to be offered in the spring term of the third year and all will be evaluated on a pass/no pass basis. The optometric third-year student must enroll in five elective courses.
|Conceptually-Inclined Course with Clinical Relevance||Opto SBS1-3: Systemic Biomedical Science 1-3|
|Opto APP1-2: Applied Pharmacology 1-2|
|Opto APO1-3: Applied Optics 1-3|
|CCO1-2: Cultural Competency in Optometry 1-2|
|CCL1-2: Cultural Competency Language Lab. 1-2|
|Opto HDA0: Human Development and Aging|
|Opto OAP1-2: Integrative Ocular Anatomy and Physiology 1-2|
|Opto LFC0: Perception of Light, Form, and Color|
|Opto MBV0: Ocular Motility and Binocular Vision|
|Opto EPH0: Epidemiology and Public Health|
|Opto RVS0: Review Seminar|
|Clinically-Inclined Courses with Conceptual Significance||Opto PCO1-4: Principles and Practice of Primary Care Optometry 1-4|
|Opto OCD1-3: Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 1-3|
|Opto PCL0: Primary Care Contact Lenses|
|Opto DVT1-2: Developmental Optometry and Vision Therapy 1-2|
|Opto OVR0: Vision Research|
|Opto PLV0: Primary Care Low Vision|
|Opto GRO0: Geriatric Optometry|
|Opto PDO0: Pediatric Optometry|
|Opto EBO0: Clinical Reasoning and Evidence-Based Optometry|
|Opto POE0: Profession of Optometry and Ethics|
|Opto PMT0: Practice Management|
|Efective Courses||Opto AVT0: Advanced Vision Therapy|
|Opto ALV0: Advanced Low Vision|
|Opto NOR0: Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation|
|Opto AEP0: Advanced Electrophysiology|
|Opto SSV0: Sports Vision|
|Opto ACL0: Advanced Contact Lenses|
|Opto AOD0: Advance Ocular Diseases|
|Parallel-Corresponding Courses with Equivalent Conceptual and Clinical Relevance||Opto ODS1-3: Ocular Diseases 1-3|
|Opto AOD0: Advanced Ocular Diseases (elective course)|
The Patient Care Department also has changed in the new curricular structure. Students will enroll in Vision Screenings commencing the spring term of the first year. In addition, clinical clerkships have been added to the second year program. Clinical clerkships consist of student observations in third and fourth-year interns clinical rotations to observe intern/patient, doctor/patient, and intern/doctor interactions. As students become more proficient in primary eye care procedure, they will be allowed to have limited participation in the examination.
The fourth-year clinical program consists of a total of 25 credits, to be completed before the graduation date. It will be required of all fourth-year clinic interns to provide primary eye care at the School main clinic and the in-house satellite clinics, as well as providing care in the School’s secondary care clinics. In addition, they must complete part of their clinical education at IAUSO approved external clinic sites. These sites encompass all types of clinic practice scenarios; hospitals, private single and group optometric offices, ophthalmology offices, and optometric practices that provide secondary, specialized optometric service such as vision therapy, low vision, and specialty contact lenses.
In order for any student to be able to register in the third year clinic program, all first and second year coursework must be successfully completed before registration. In order for any student to be able to register in the fourth year clinic program all first, second and third year coursework, including all clinics, must be successfully completed before registration.
|1st year||Opto VS01: Vision Screenings|
|Opto OCD1: Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 1|
|2nd year||Opto VSC1: Vision Screening and Clerkships|
|Opto OCD2: Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 2|
|Opto PCL0: Primary Care Contact Lenses|
|Opto CLK1: Clinical Clerkships|
|Opto OCD3: Integrative Optometric Case Discussions 3|
|3rd year||Opto PC01-PC03: Patient Care 1-3|
|4th year||Opto PC40: Bayamon Main Clinic|
|Opto PC41-45: In-House Satellite Clinics (5)|
|Opto LE01-04: Local Externship Sites|
|Opto EA01-04: Externship Sites Abroad|
Primary Eye Care Residency – IAUPR
The program expects to provide post-graduate training so that the resident can develop proficiency in areas of primary care optometry, gain experience with multidisciplinary settings, and obtain training in pre-and-post -ophthalmic operative care. The program also will provide the resident with experience in teaching and scholarly activities, so that he or she may further pursue a career in education and research.
- Provide post-graduate training, which develops the proficiency necessary to become a full scope primary care practitioner
- Develop quality clinical educators and clinical researcher
- One-year residency program (beginning in mid-August)
- A yearly stipend of $35,000 with benefits
- No tuition or fees
- Position: One
- Health Insurance benefits from IAUPR
- Professional Liability Protection from IAUPR
- Workload: 80% (32 hours per week)Clinical, 20% (8 hours per week)Didactical
- Saturday Clinic approximately twice per month (weekdays exchange for those Saturdays)
- Accreditation status: Accredited by ACOE
- Bilingual School’s Setting with Spanish’s speaking patients
- Scholarly Activities
- Weekly optometric seminars
- IAUPR’s Clinic Sites (Own Transportation strongly recommended)
- External Rotations
- Library and research resources
- Administration time
- Specialty areas rotation
- Contact lenses, VT, Low Vision, Electro-diagnostics, Prosthesis, Learning Disabilities
- Certificate requirements include:
- Optometry License in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia. Puerto Rico Optometry license obtained by January of the residency year.
- Completion of Part I, II, III, and TMOD of National Boards Examination in Optometry (NBEO)
- Successful Clinical & Didactic evaluations
- Publishable quality paper
Meet Our Resident for 2021-2022
Armando L. Lugo Loyola, OD
Dr. Armando Lugo was born and raised in Puerto Rico. He holds a BS in Biology from the Interamerican University of Puerto Rico (IAUPR)- Metro Campus. Throughout his undergraduate years, he developed a passion for teaching and worked as a tutor for math courses. He attended optometry school at the IAUPR-School of Optometry where he obtained an OD degree. At the optometry school, he was appointed president of his class for 3 years, was a member of the Student Council, and served as a tutor to colleague students for various courses. Dr. Lugo’s professional interests include ocular diseases and research. In his free time, he enjoys going to the beach with his wife, going on road trips with his dog, playing board games, doing BBQ, playing tennis with his dad, and fishing with his uncle.
- Applicant must have successfully completed part I, II, and TMOD of National Boards of Examiners in Optometry as a requisite for admission to the residency program.
- Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia.
- Recommendation letters: Three (3) are requested. One should be from the clinical director from graduating institution or chief academic officer. Two others from full-time faculty members have been involved with the applicant’s education.
- A brief essay stating reasons for applying to a program that is addressed to primary eye care is requested.
- Applicant should submit Curriculum Vitae and be available for interview.
- Knowledge of basic conversational Spanish language is required to communicate with the majority of the patient population although the English language is the official written language.
- Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
- IAUPR affirms that all candidates are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, origin, or disabilities.
- On the 10th of March 2021, the IAUPR established vaccination against COVID-19 as a requirement for employment, this requirement extends to the residency program and hence the resident. Candidates are aware of this requirement. As such, once a candidate is selected and offered the position, he/she must present evidence of vaccination against COVID-19 to complete the hiring process. However, during this process, the selected candidate may submit a COVID-19 vaccination waiver request under the recognized exceptions on the basis of medical or religious grounds following the IAUPR established waiver evaluation process. Completing an application for a waiver does not imply or mean it will be granted. For more information, you may contact the IAUPR School of Optometry Human Resources Office, Mrs. Janice Martinez, at email@example.com.
- Candidates must complete the application through the ORMatch. Deadline: February 1.
For more INFO, refer to the ORMatch Webpage.
- All serious applicants are encouraged to arrange a site visit.
For additional information contact
|Dr. Mayra Rullan,
Residency Program Director
|Dr. Zulmaris Torres,
Residency Program Coordinator