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Program Title: Residency in Private Practice Vision Therapy and Visual Rehabilitation
Program Type: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Site: EyeCare Professionals, P.C.
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1777 Kuser Road

Hamilton Square, New Jersey
Phone Number: 609-581-5755
Fax Number: 609-581-7055
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to prepare optometrists to provide full-scope primary pediatric, vision therapy and neuro-optometric rehabilitative care by providing post-graduate clinical experience beyond that provided in the Doctor of Optometry program, in a setting that promotes excellence in patient care, education and research.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s examination skills in optometric primary care with an emphasis on functional vision disorders.

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of refractive, physiological and pathological conditions of the eye, the adnexa, visual pathways and the central nervous system.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic instrumentation.

Goal 4: Increase the resident’s knowledge of the diagnosis, management, and treatment of systemic and ocular disease.

Goal 5: Develop the resident’s skills in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 6: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.


Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday through Friday Monday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Vision Therapy, Head Trauma & Special Needs Pts., p.m. is VT Tuesday - a.m. - VT evaluations; p.m. - Primary Care Wednesday - Private practice module, didactice, case reviews, p.m. - VT skills/learning related/strabismus Thursday - a.m. Ocular Disease/Special testing; p.m. - off Friday - a.m. VT Evaluations, p.m. re-evaluations and case reviews

Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, the Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO  and EyeCare Professionals, PC. Normal clinic hours are from 9:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, Monday through Friday, with the resident working a five-day week. Teh resident is expected to be present in the clinic during all scheduled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing study or research. The resident will occasionally be required to be on call.

B.  The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Supervisor of the Residency Program, and the Director of Residency Programs will review the resident's activity periodically.

C.  The resident is required to write a publication quality paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case.

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 is 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 EyeCare Professionals, PC and Southern College of Optometry Residency Programs.

F. The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

G.  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.

H.  Any resident accepted for training may be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of EyeCare Professionals, PC or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, or for any action which jeopardizes the safety 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: $37,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
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: Barry Tannen, O.D., Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 609-581-5755
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Nicholas Despotidis, O.D., Residency Co-supervisor
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Lerma, 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:

All applicants must complete the SCO application and return by January 30. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Director of Residency Programs of Southern College of Optometry no later than January 30. This program uses Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). Applicants must complete the ORMatch application by the SCO deadline of January 30, to be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, e.g., the College, ORMatch, and the residency site supervisor. 

  1. You must have 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 an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 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 and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a state optometry license.

E. Three letters of recommendation are required.

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. 

Applicant must be eligible for a New Jersey license.

Program Application Deadline: January 30

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