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Residency in Primary Eye Care

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Ochsner Medical Center
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 1514 Jefferson Highway

New Orleans, Louisiana 70121
Phone Number: 504-842-3952
Fax Number: 504-842-5970
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 09/2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency Program in Primary Eye Care at Ochsner Medical Center provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in the diagnosis and management of eye and vision problems encountered in a primary care practice.

Program Description:

GOAL 1:  Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of visual disorders and ocular disease.

GOAL 2:  Enhance the resident’s basic examination skills.

GOAL 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation.

GOAL 4:  Expand the resident’s knowledge in the care of refractive patients.

GOAL 5:  Increase the resident’s knowledge of systemic disease and their treatment.

GOAL 6:  Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

GOAL 7:  Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.GOAL 7:  Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

GOAL 8:  To provide the resident with the opportunity to become an effective clinical educator.

Goal 9: The resident will acquire a practical understanding of patient coding, billing, and practice management in a primary eye care clinical setting.

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

Monday - Friday - 8:00 a.m. to last patient, usually 5:00 p.m. Monday - Regular patient clinic - Metairie campus Tuesday - Retina clinic - Main campus Wednesday - Orbital/Oncology clinic - Main campus; Grand Rounds 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Thursday - Cornea clinic (1st, 3rd & 5th weeks); Glaucoma Clinic (2nd & 4th weeks) Main campus Friday - Regular patient clinic a.m.; Contact Lens specialty fit clinic - p.m.

Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor of Ochsner Medical Center, the Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO administration.  The office is open from 8:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 5:00 P.M., Monday through Friday. On call services are required after one month of training.

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor or Ochsner Medical Center, and the Director of Residency Programs, when appropriate.

C.  The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case suitable for publication in an acceptable professional journal.

D.  The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.

E.  The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing Ochsner Medical Center.

F.  The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at Ochsner Medical Center.

G.  The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum. 

H.  Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

I.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Southern College of Optometry, or for any action that jeopardizes the safely of patients, personnel, or physical facilities. 

A resident rotating through a hospital based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations.  In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date.  A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate.  Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility.  Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.


Program Salary/Stipend: $39,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jeffrey A. Colegrove, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 504-842-3952
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application online at All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

  1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 

C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.

E. A personal interview will be required. 

F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.



Program Application Deadline: January 30

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