Primary Care/Health/Contact Lens

Grand Rapids Ophthalmology

Ionia Clinic
537 W. Main Street
Ionia, MI  48846


Type of Practice: Ophthalmological and Optometric


Number of MCO students per rotation: 1 available in Rotations 2 and 3

Orientation Instructions:
You should contact Greg Patera, O.D. 6 weeks prior to the first day of the rotation to verify dates, times, directions, parking, and any other instructions.  Report to address above at 8:00 a.m. for orientation to policies, clinical protocol, administrative procedures, etc.  Completion of Hepatitis B series is required (unless waiver is signed) and annual TB testing must be completed. BE CERTAIN TO TAKE YOUR CURRENT CPR CRD, TB TEST RESTULTS CARD, AND HEP B (OR WAIVER FORM) TO EACH OF YOUR ROTATION SITES.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (231) 591-2202 (Elizabeth Spedoske, Assistant Dean’s Office) or (231) 591-3845 (Dr. Dave Durkee, Director of Externships).

    Contact Person: 
         Greg Patera, O.D., Clinic Director

    Clinical Teaching Faculty:
           David DenBraber, O.D.
           Kenyon Kendall, O.D.

                Support Staff: Diagnostic Coordinator Opticians, Optometric Technicians/Assistants, Ancillary Personnel, Orthoptist 

    Operating Hours:
8:00 am - 5:00 pm Monday, Wednesday, & Friday
            10:00 am - 8:00 PM Tuesday
            7:00 am -2:00PM Thursday
    Hours of direct patient care for extern per day: 8 (40 per week)
    Number of patients seen by extern per day: 8-12

Educational Objectives:

-- To improve students' diagnostic techniques, efficiency, and management strategies
--  To provide insight into how optometry fits into a busy ophthalmological/optometric clinical setting

Scope of the Externship:  Site Change to Ionia- June 2014.


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
  Rotation 2 = 761

Rotation 3 = 625


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
  Rotation 2 = 410

Rotation 3 = 765

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
  Rotation 2 = 1191

Rotation 3 = 1016


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
  Rotation 2 = 1237

Rotation 3 = 863

*Average Number of Patient Examinations
Rotation 1 = 1333
Rotation 2 = 1154

PC - Primary Care, CL - Contact Lens, VT - VT Evaluation, LV - LV Evaluation, PD - Pediatric, OD - Ocular Disease, F/U - F/U to monitor Tx plan, PRE - Pre-op, POST - Post-op, SC - Total number screened, SU - Surgeries observed




- Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer

- Fundus Camera

- BIO with condensing lens

- Fundus Contact Lens

- Fundus Non-Contact Lenses

- Gonioscopy Lenses

- Autorefractor

- Ultrasound

- Corneal Topography

- Fundus Photography

 -OCT Stratus