The Residency in Primary Eye Care seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates and provide advanced clinical and didactic education in optometry. The program offers a variety of optometric and interdisciplinary care and is designed to foster a life-long commitment to learning. Graduates of this residency program are trained to deliver superlative clinical care, to serve as optometric educators, and to serve the profession of optometry as leaders within the community and health care delivery system.
Each primary care resident may select an area of emphasis in which to further their clinical knowledge. These may include ocular disease (3 positions), cornea and contact lenses (2 positions), pediatrics and binocular vision (2 positions) and low vision (1 position). The resident will spend approximately 50-60% of their clinical time in primary care and 40-50% of their clinical time in specialty services related to their chosen area of emphasis. External rotations are also arranged with specialists based on the area of emphasis with the schedule rotating approximately every 3-4 months. After-hours emergency care is provided by all residents on a rotating basis.
The salary is $40,000 for 12 months plus pro-rated amount for the additional 2 weeks of 12.5 month program. There are 5.5 vacation days, 3 personal days, 10 professional development days for conferences and scholarly activities, 5 sick days, approximately 12.5 days for holiday closures (may vary, click link for details), lab jackets, business cards.
Every candidate will be evaluated and rated based upon the interview and the candidates' submitted materials, in the areas of didactic and clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills, integrity, adaptability, motivation, maturity and patient management skills. Based on ratings of the candidate by the interviewers, the Director of Residency Programs and Program Coordinators will select and rank the most qualified applicant(s). The names of those candidates who are found to be acceptable will be submitted to the administrators at the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), according to their policies and deadlines.
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease - Brochure
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Pediatrics & Binocular Vision - Brochure
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Cornea & Contact Lenses - Brochure
Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Low Vision - Brochure
|Meet the Coordinators|
|Director of Internal Residency Programs: Dr. Pinar Haytac|
|Director of External Residency Programs: Dr. Mariem Abdou|
|Education Coordinator: Dr. Stacy Zubkousky|
|Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease: Dr. Jessica Steen|
|Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Pediatrics & Binocular Vision: Dr. Katherine Green|
|Coordinator for Primary Eye Care with emphasis in Geriatric & Low Vision: Dr. Sharon Lee|
|Coordinator for Primary Care with emphasis in Cornea and Contact Lens: Dr. Andrea Janoff|
The residency in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at Nova Southeastern University seeks to attract qualified graduates from schools and colleges of optometry and to provide them with advanced clinical training and didactic knowledge in pediatric optometry and binocular vision. Those who complete the program are expected to have expertise in providing eye care for infants, children and special needs patients as well as patients of all ages with binocular anomalies and/or visually related learning problems. They are expected to have the knowledge and skills to employ the health care team approach to patient care management. They will have the necessary skills to serve as optometric educators and to contribute to the advancement of the profession in the areas of pediatric optometry and binocular vision. "
Pediatric and Binocular Vision Residency - Brochure
For more information, send email to Katherine Green, O.D., Program Coordinator
The following positions below are programs offered in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University. Note: Applicants to any of the programs below should contact that particular Program Supervisor for specific program requirements. All application materials for these programs should be sent to the appropriate address below: (Please do not send to NSU)
The Clayton Eye Center in conjunction with Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one-year residency program in primary care optometry with strong emphasis in ocular disease. Clayton Eye Center provides a unique environment in which the resident may experience a wide diversity of ocular disease entities through direct patient care in primary and secondary care clinics, all within a highly successful interdisciplinary setting. In addition to patient care, the program is supplemented by seminars, grand rounds, and lectures. Preparation of a paper suitable for submission for publication is required of residents participating in the residency.
Current Positions Available: 1
Contact:Carey J. Phlong, O.D.
Aran Eye Associates is a tertiary care multi-specialty ophthalmic referral center with offices in Sunrise, North Miami, Hialeah, Coral Gables and Kendall. An ambulatory surgical center and a laser vision correction center (The Laser Center of Coral Gables) are also part of our practice. We are comprised of several optometrists and ophthalmologists.
Specialty areas include cornea and cataract, glaucoma, vitreous-retina, oculoplastics, pediatrics and laser vision correction. The offices are equipped with advanced diagnostic instruments including corneal topographers, ocular biometry and ultrasonography units, anterior segment and fundus cameras, video slit-lamp units, Humphrey visual field analyzers, pachymeters, optical coherence tomographers as well as minor surgery suites.
Current Positions Available: 2Contact:
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, ranked #1 Eye Hospital in the USA, will provide the framework by which the optometric resident will become proficient in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Bascom Palmer Eye Institute offers an environment in which optometry residents become proficient in managing patients with primary, secondary and tertiary ocular conditions by exposing the resident to a variety of learning environments and ocular subspecialties, didactic work, mentorship and a balance of independent and team work.
Current Positions Available: 6
The Braverman Eye Center is a multidisciplinary practice comprised of 5 ophthalmologists, 3 optometrists, 1 licensed optician, 3 ophthalmic assistants and technicians, 1 certified ophthalmic technologist, and 5 administrative personnel.
Current Positions Available: 1
Contact:Shalonda McCallum, O.D., M.B.A.
The Residency in Ocular Disease with emphasis in Contact Lenses seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates and provide advanced clinical training in a medical-surgical environment. Graduates of this residency program are trained to deliver superlative care in ocular disease and to serve the profession of optometry within their community and health care delivery system.
Center for Sight has a diverse patient base and a variety of clinical facilities. The resident will have the opportunity to render care for a wide range of ocular conditions, including anterior segment disorders, glaucoma, retinal disease, pre-operative and post-operative care and ocular emergencies. They will also have exposure to soft contact lens and specialty lens fittings.
Provision of optometric care within a multidisciplinary health care team framework is the goal of this Veterans Administration Medical Center residency. A heavy emphasis on direct patient care, under the supervision of highly qualified optometrists, along with delivery of case presentations, seminars, and discussions, enhance and refine the resident's clinical skills and problem-solving ability. Academic opportunities are numerous, and include Grand Rounds presentations from all areas of medical practice. Preparation of a paper or poster for publication is required prior to completion of the residency.
Current Positions Available: 3Contact:
The Bradenton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Bradenton, Florida, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year optometric residency in primary eye care with an emphasis in ocular disease. The mission of the program is to provide qualified optometry post-graduates didactic and clinical training that will further develop and enhance skills in primary care and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practices, and/or serve as clinical instructors at schools of optometry, or teaching institutions.
Current Positions Available: 1Contact:
The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance clinical skills in both primary eye care and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, practice in co-management and multidisciplinary practices, and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools.
Current Positions Available:1
Contact:Michael Meyer, O.D., FAAO
The Gainesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center in conjunction with the University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and the Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one-year residency program in primary care optometry. The program is designed to provide optometry residents a comprehensive eye care experience at a tertiary-care medical center. Residents spend time in both the Optometry and Ophthalmology Clinics throughout the training year, and rotate through various ophthalmology subspecialties. Primary emphasis is on direct patient care that is supplemented by seminars, grand rounds, and lectures. Preparation of a paper suitable for submission for publication is required of residents participating in the residency.
Curent Positions Available: 3
Susannah Marcus, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Residency Program Coordinator
5533 SW 64th Street
Gainesville, FL 32608
The William V. Chappell, Jr. Daytona Beach Veterans Affairs Outpatient Clinic, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, and in conjunction with the ophthalmologic practices of Florida Retinal Institute, Filutowski Cataract and LASIK Institute, Miguel Lugo, M.D., and Tomoka Eye Associates, offers a one-year residency program in primary eye care.
Current Positions Available: 3
551 National Health Care Drive
Daytona Beach, FL 32114
(386) 323-7500 x37756
The mission of the Orlando Veterans Medical Center is to provide didactic and clinical training that will enable the resident to develop their skills in primary care, while diagnosing and managing patients with a wide variety of ocular and systemic diseases. High quality eye care will be provided to all patients while adhering to residency supervision guidelines. The program will provide the learning resources for the resident to expand upon their didactic knowledge base, apply this knowledge to patient care, and foster career-long learning that will qualify the resident to serve as a leader in optometric care and education.
Current Positions Available: 2
John M. Spalding, OD, FAAO
Optometry Residency Program Coordinator
Orlando VAMC - Eye Clinic
13800 Veterans Way
Orlando, FL 32827
407-646-5500 ext. 29165
The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced didactic and clinical education. Upon completion of this program, doctors will be able to provide their patients with superlative care in addition to being qualified to serve as optometric educators and leaders in health care.
Current Positions Available: 2
Contact:Brandon Sanders, OD
The Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lake City, Florida, in conjunction with the Gainesville VA, University of Florida Department of Ophthalmology and Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year residency program in primary eye care. The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance their clinical skills in primary care, low vision rehabilitation, and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practice and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools.
Current Positions Available: 2
Contact:Jeffery Curry, O.D., F.A.A.O.
The Miami VA Medical Center is located within the Jackson Memorial Medical Center and University of Miami Medical Campus in the heart of Miami, FL. It serves approximately 285,000 veteran patients throughout south Florida and is one of seven members of the VISN 8 Healthcare System. The Miami VAMC Hospital is a tertiary care and referral center encompassing all sub-specialty medical and surgical fields and is state of the art and progressive with both its facilities and attending staff.
Current Positions Available: 1
Surgical Service, Ophthalmology Clinic
1201 NW 16th St
Miami, FL 33125
(305) 575-7000 x3910