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Kentucky College of Optometry announces director of clinics

May 04, 2015 12:00 AM
Pikeville, Ky.
Andrew Buzzelli, O.D., M.S., vice president for optometric education and founding dean, has appointed the final member of the executive council for the University of Pikeville-Kentucky College of Optometry. Following a national search, Cliff M. Caudill was selected for the position of director of clinics and will assume his duties as a member of the administration and faculty.

Caudill will be responsible for the development of the clinical educational curriculum and the establishment of rural clinic partnerships with existing federally qualified health centers in order to establish optometric training venues that will provide care to the underserved of rural Appalachia. Buzzelli calls Caudill’s appointment critical to fulfilling the college’s mission of providing access to visual health care and health care education to the previously underserved of Appalachia and America.

A Lexington native, Caudill received a bachelor of science degree from the University of Kentucky and later his Doctorate of Optometry from the University of Alabama Birmingham School of Optometry. He went on to complete a residency in primary care optometry at the Northeastern State University College of Optometry. Caudill most recently served 12 years as an assistant professor in the University of Kentucky Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences providing primary eye care and supervision of the department’s optometric education program. In this role, he implemented and directed the accredited optometry residency program and served as a clinical preceptor for students completing external rotations in the area of ocular disease. Caudill hopes his experience training optometrists at an academic medical center will be invaluable in creating a clinical curriculum for the new Kentucky College of Optometry.

The fourth college under the University of Pikeville banner, the Kentucky College of Optometry reflects the institution’s mission of service and strategic initiatives. In the process of applying to the American Council for Optometric Education for pre-accreditation status, the University of Pikeville would be the 22nd school in the country to have a college of optometry. Construction has begun on a new educational facility to house the Kentucky College of Optometry. Sixty students will be admitted per class for a total of 240. The university expects to provide for the underserved in Central Appalachia and other rural areas of the country.

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