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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Indiana University School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 744 East 3rd Street

Bloomington, Indiana 47405
Phone Number: 812-855-4387
Fax Number: 812-856-0934
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Anna K. Bedwell, OD and Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2007
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program 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 Description:

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.  2. 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 AECC, and after-hours emergency on-call responsibility.  3. Acquire proficiency in the use and interpretation of state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment.  4. Acquire proficiency in the use of therapeutic agents used to manage and treat ocular disease.  5. Clinical and didactic instruction of optometry students including clinical supervision in the Primary Eye Care Service and the IU Health Center Eye Clinic.  6. Present lectures in the Grand Rounds Course and Case Conference Seminar and co-facilitate weekly Case Conference Seminar for IUSO Fourth Year OD students.  7. Completion of one paper of publishable quality by the end of the program.  8. Attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to Primary Care Optometry.  9. Participate in optometric community service activities, with the option of participating in a humanitarian mission trip.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: June 25
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40-45 hours per week with Saturday clinic responsibilities and on-call assignments.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. 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.

  2. The resident is required to submit an abstract for a poster or paper to a national optometry meeting of their choosing.

  3. The resident will give lectures (2 minimum) to either:

    1. fourth year interns in the form of seminar discussions, and/or

    2. lecture in didactic courses within the optometry program at IUSO

  4. The resident must receive at minimum satisfactory evaluations by residency supervisors at the final quarterly review.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Patricia Henderson, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 812-855-4387
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application materials sent through OR Match and to the program coordinator Dr. Henderson Dr. Patricia Henderson, Primary Care Residency Coordinator

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Application information sent to OR Match Website

  • Interview by Program Coordinator OD

  • Degree from an accredited school or college of optometry within the United States

  • Competitive GPA

  • Eligible for an Indiana Optometry License

Program Application Deadline: February 1

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