Program Guidelines and Curriculum
The orthoptic program is 24 months in length. Students accepted in advanced standing will train for a minimum of 12 month; the length of training to be determined by the Program Director.
Clinic hours are 8:00-5:00pm, Monday-Friday. Attendance is required whenever clinic is in session.
Lectures by the program staff are given during clinic hours. Occasional lectures may take place in the evening.
Pediatric Journal Club is held six times throughout the year, generally on a weekday between 6:00-8:00pm. Attendance is required.
The Department of Ophthalmology Grand Rounds are held on Friday mornings from 7:30-8:30am in the University of Wisconsin Health Science Learning Center. Attendance is strongly encouraged, especially when related to pediatric or neuro-ophthalmology.
Vacation/Sick Leave Policy
Two weeks (10 days) or vacation/sick leave is granted per year. Every effort should be made to take vacation when clinic is not in session. It is also important to not come to clinic if you are sick with anything contagious, such as a fever, cough, etc.
Clinic will be closed for 9 holidays each year. These days do not count against the student’s allotted 10 days of leave. Observed holidays include: New Year’s Day, MLK, Jr. Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve.
There may be days when clinic is not in session that the student will be asked to attend lectures or review sessions.
Dress and Presentation
Clothing should be comfortable and professional. The University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics maintains a dress code that must be followed. Distracting clothing and jewelry and the use of fragrances is discouraged. (See UW Health Policy and Procedure)
Patient confidentiality is mandatory.
Hospital issued name tags must be worn at all times. Always present yourself in a mature and professional manner.