Residencies

Postgraduate residency training

Postgraduate residency training is a popular means for O.D. students to further their optometric education. Designed to advance your preparation as a provider of patient care services beyond entry-level practice, our residencies include a well-designed mix of self-directed learning, seminar participation, instructional experiences, and scholarship.

Indiana University School of Optometry residencies are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education defines an optometric residency as a planned program of post-O.D. clinical education that is designed to advance significantly the optometric graduate’s preparation as a provider of patient care services beyond entry-level practice.

A residency:

  • Must be a minimum of 12 months
  • Must be composed of appropriately supervised clinical eye and vision care provided by the resident
  • Should also include a well-designed mix of self-directed learning, seminar participation, instructional experiences, and scholarship

Available residency programs

In order to apply to any of the Indiana University School of Optometry affiliated residency sites, an applicant must have a Doctor of Optometry degree and transcripts from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry located within the United States or Puerto Rico.

Primary Eye Care Residencies

Location
Indiana University School of Optometry
Atwater Eye Care Center
744 E. 3rd Street
Bloomington, IN 47405
Mission Statement

The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program at the Indiana University School of Optometry (IUSO) is to provide advanced competency in primary care optometry to recent optometry graduates through education, direct patient care experience and management, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

Program Coordinator
  • Patricia A. Henderson, O.D., F.A.A.O.
  • Email: henderso@indiana.edu
  • Phone: 812-855-4387
Length of program

53 weeks

Number of positions

One

Salary and benefits
  • $41,000
  • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
  • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
  • Tax saver benefit
  • Full liability insurance coverage
  • Travel Stipend
  • 20 days of professional/personal leave, (includes sick time)
Therapeutics

Yes

Ophthalmology Service

No

Residency Goals
  • Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients in the Indiana University School of Optometry Clinics, with emphasis in Primary Care Optometry
  • Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, including an external rotation at the IU Health Center Eye Clinic, provision of emergency eye care services at the IUSO Atwater Eye Care Center, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility
  • Acquire proficiency in the use and interpretation of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment
  • Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents with used to manage and treat ocular disease
  • Clinical and didactic instruction of optometry students including clinical supervision in the Primary Care Service and the IU Health Center Eye Clinic
  • Present lectures in the Grand Rounds Course and Case Conference Seminar and co-facilitate weekly Case Conference Seminar for IUSO Fourth Year OD students
  • Completion of one paper of publishable quality by the end of the program
  • Submission of patient log through Meditrek System and activities log
  • Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to Primary Care Optometry
  • Participate in optometric community service activities, with the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip

Location
Indianapolis Eye Care Center
501 Indiana Avenue, Ste. 100
Indianapolis, IN 46202
Mission statement

The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program at Indianapolis Eye Care Center is to provide advanced proficiency in Primary Care Optometry through education, direct patient care experience, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

Program coordinator
  • Dr. Anna Bedwell, O.D., F.A.A.O.
  • abedwell@indiana.edu
  • Phone: 317-321-1486
  • Director of Residencies
Length of program

53 weeks

Number of positions

One

Salary and benefits
  • $41,000
  • Insurance: medical, dental, life (plan booklets)
  • Indiana University classes fee courtesy
  • Tax saver benefit
  • Full liability insurance coverage
  • Travel Stipend
  • 20 days of professional/personal leave (includes sick time)
Therapeutics

Yes

Ophthalmology Service

Yes

Description

The Primary Care residency is a 53-week program designed to provide intensive clinical experience in primary eye care and ocular disease. The resident will be primarily responsible for direct patient care seeing comprehensive exams, acute and chronic eye disease, and fitting contact lenses. The resident will learn to use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment. For the second half of the residency, the resident will serve as a clinical consultant for fourth year optometry students a minimum of three half days per week. The resident will be involved in clinical teaching through grand rounds and journal club discussions. The resident will be required to give at least two separate lectures to the fourth year students. Submission of a poster abstract to national meeting, like the Academy, is expected. There will be opportunities to participate in optometric community service and the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip. The resident will also be given the opportunity to interact with and observe a variety of ophthalmologic sub-specialists throughout the year.

Resident responsibilities
  • Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients in the Indiana University School of Optometry clinics, with emphasis in primary care optometry
  • Learn and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including the latest digital imaging systems and computer technology
  • Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, provision of emergency eye care services at the IUSO Eye Care Clinics, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility
  • Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat ocular disease
  • Present lectures during journal club meetings, CE and seminars with the interns
  • Opportunity to participate in clinical research
  • Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to primary care optometry
  • Attend continuing education classes and seminars
  • Participate in optometric community service activities, with the option of participating in humanitarian mission trips
  • Actively participate in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations
  • Provide clinical instruction to fourth year optometry students including clinical supervision in the primary care clinic and during various health screenings throughout the year
Requirements for completion
  • A paper of publishable quality will be written prior to and as a condition of the completion of the Residency program. This paper can be a report of original clinical research, case report, or a literature review.
  • The resident is required to submit an abstract for a poster or paper to a national optometry meeting of their choosing.
  • The resident will give lectures to the fourth year interns in the form of seminar discussions (two minimum) and periodically leading journal club meetings.
  • The resident must receive at minimum satisfactory evaluations by residency supervisors at the final quarterly review.

MyEyeDr. Primary Care Residency—Accredited 
Location 
Primary:
MyEyeDr.
316 W. 161st Street
Westfield, IN 46074
Secondary:
MyEyeDr.
14540 Prairie Lakes Blvd. North, Suite 100
Noblesville, IN 46060
Mission Statement

The mission of the Primary Care Residency Program at MyEyeDr. is to provide advanced competency in Primary Care Optometry to recent optometry graduates through education, direct patient care experience and management, clinical teaching, scholarly development, and community service.

Program Coordinator
  • Natalie E Corey Tangen, O.D.
  • Email: natalie.corey-tangen@myeyedr.com
  • Phone: (317) 867-0555 
Director of Residencies
  • Don W. Lyon, O.D., M.S.
  • Email: dwlyon@indiana.edu
  • Phone: (812) 856-1964 

Length of Program

53 weeks
July 1 start date 

Number of Positions

One 

Salary and Benefits 

  • $40,000 
  • Health Coverage 
  • Professional Liability Insurance 
  • Vacation—20 days of PTO 

Program Description

The Primary Care Residency is a 53-week program designed to provide intensive clinical, teaching, and research experience in Primary Care Optometry. Academic leadership and communication skills will be emphasized through case presentations, scholarly writing, and lectures.  

The Residency begins the week of July 1st. The residency activities will consist of independent patient care, and clinical consulting with fourth year student interns at the Westfield clinic. The Resident will also be required to be on-call for one two week period during the year of their residency. 

The resident will spend four full days in clinic with one of the co-coordinators seeing patients independently in a primary care setting. The focus of these encounters will be to build the resident’s primary care skills, including the diagnosis and treatment of refractive conditions and accommodative conditions, the fitting of specialty contact lenses, the diagnosis and appropriate treatment of ocular pathology and the ability to make proper and prompt referrals to external healthcare providers. One half-day per week will be spent in didactic pursuits, such as preparation of lectures and academic papers or research projects. The last half-day per week will be spent in conference with the residency coordinator. 

When a fourth year optometry intern is present in the clinic, the resident will be expected to assume the role of clinical educator and will supervise the intern’s clinical encounters, help the intern to develop appropriate assessments and plans, and provide feedback regarding patient care.  The resident will also be expected to meet with the intern and Externship coordinator for a case conference once per week

Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities

  • 50+ hours; one two-week period of after hours on call duty
  • Provide optometric care to a large and diverse group of patients at the Westfield clinic with emphasis in Primary Care Optometry.
  • Learn and use state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including the latest digital imaging systems and computer technology.
  • Gain clinical experience in the management of urgent eye care and ocular disease, provision of emergency eye care services at the Westfield clinic, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility.
  • Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat ocular disease.
  • Clinical and didactic instruction fourth year optometry students including clinical supervision at the Westfield clinic and case conference review with the intern.
  • Present lectures to the MyEyeDr. doctor group and to the Central Society of the IOA.
  • Participate in clinical research in contact lens or anterior segment related conditions, including the completion of a research paper or poster, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the program.
  • Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to Primary Care Optometry.
  • Attend continuing education classes and seminars.
  • Participate in optometric community service activities.
  • Actively participate in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations.

Requirements for Completion

An academic project is required, and a paper or poster of publishable quality will be written prior to and as a condition of the completion of the Residency program. This paper can be a report of original clinical research, case report, or a literature review, and will be written with the assistance of the Residency Advisor. It is encouraged that this paper be submitted to a scholarly journal for publication. At least one half day per week will be set aside to complete this task. 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • ORMS Matching system; Interview and selection by committee
  • OD degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)
  • Competitive GPA
  • Indiana optometry license

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Have Questions or to Schedule a Site Visit

Please contact Dr. Natalie Corey Tangen or you may also contact the Director of Residencies, Dr. Don W. Lyon.

Residency Requirements

  • Doctor of Optometry degree and transcripts from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry located within the United States or Puerto Rico
  • Competitive GPA
  • Able to apply and receive an optometry license in the state of the residency site
  • Successful completion of National Board of Examiners in Optometry exam (your scores are obtained using your OE Tracker Number)
  • ORMatch application
  • Cover letter and two or three letters of recommendation (see specific program guidelines)

Interview

All serious applicants are encouraged to arrange a site visit.

Selection and notification

The selection committee will vary between programs. Please contact the program coordinator to discuss the selection process.

Notification of the match will come initially from ORMatch. If successfully matched, the candidate will receive notification within 10 days of the release of the match results, and a contract within 30 days of the match results being released.

For questions about IU School of Optometry residency programs, or about scheduling a site visit, contact Dr. Don W. Lyon, Director of Residencies, at dwlyon@indiana.edu or 812-856-1964.

 

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