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Cornea and Contact Lenses

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses, Anterior Segment
Program Site: The Eye Institute of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: The Eye Institute
1200 West Godfrey Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
Phone Number: (215) 276-6180
Fax Number: (215) 276-6276
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1990
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Cornea and Contact Lens Residency at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry is to recruit a qualified graduating or graduate optometrist; to train the entry level graduate optometrist to provide advanced contact lens patient care through clinical management and co-management experiences in a broad range of complicated ophthalmic disorders, including the management of the keratorefractive patient; to provide an orientation and didactic program throughout the year; to promote development of skills as an educator and self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish. The nature of the patient population at The Eye Institute and at the office of the cornea/anterior segment disease specialist provides the foundation for the resident to hone entry-level skills to an advanced level and to cultivate new skills and knowledge as well. The resident is able to achieve the objectives of the program through an appropriate level of supervision and support of a highly trained clinical faculty of optometrists and general and subspecialty ophthalmologists leading to clinical autonomy.

Program Description:

The residency is an intensive 52 or 54 week educational program. The resident's training occurs in the Cornea and Specialty Contact Lens Service (CASCLS) and other clinical services at The Eye Institute, as well as in the private office of the corneal/anterior segment disease specialist. In CASCLS, the resident receives training in the fitting of specialized contact lenses for patients with keratoconus, cosmetic disfigurement, presbyopia, high astigmatism, post-operative keratoplasty, and for those patients requesting orthokeratology. Working directly with the corneal/anterior segment disease specialist, the resident receives intense training in pre- and post- operative management of anterior segment surgery. The resident is also involved in patient selection, as well as pre- and post-operative assessment of refractive surgery procedures.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The Cornea and Contact Lens residency program is a very intense program which is unlike our others. The resident typically works 40-44 hours per week and a few hours each Saturday. In addition, there are a number of didactic lectures and conferences which vary from week to week. Our residents are on-call 4-5 weeks throughout the program year, but are heavily supported during these sessions.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident must attend all clinical assignments and all assigned lectures and conferences. The resident must also demonstrate an acceptable level of performance in all areas of the program. A paper of publishable quality must be completed by the end of the program, in addition to a Grand Rounds presentation.

Program Salary/Stipend: $48,050
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Patrick McManamon, O.D.
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Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Beginning in October 2012, all residency applications can be submitted via ORMatch. Candidates must also submit a letter of interest, current resume/curriculum vitae, current optometric transcripts, current NBEO transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to a candidate's clinical ability. Once all required documents are received, a decision will be made as to whether or not the candidate will be invited for an interview. Candidates are then ranked in ORMatch.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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