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Program Title: Residency in Cornea, Contact Lens and Refractive Surgery
Program Type: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: Southern College of Optometry and Eye Specialty Group
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1225 Madison Avenue

Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Phone Number: 901-722-3319
Fax Number:
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: 09/2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Cornea & Contact Lens - Refractive Surgery Residency is to produce highly trained postdoctoral clinicians, researchers and educators skilled in advanced contact lens procedures and refractive surgery patient management. Resident will divide time between campus-based patient care and referral center experiences, instruction and research. The applicant completes requirements for residency certification with a capstone project.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Develop resident’s fundamental knowledge in the disciplines of corneal function, advanced contact lens care and care of the refractive surgery patient.

Goal 2: Elevate the resident’s clinical skills to an advanced level in the areas of cornea, contact lens and refractive surgery.

Goal 3: Develop the resident’s critical thinking skills, investigative capacity and ability to transmit the knowledge gained through clinical research.

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

Monday through Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Thursday - Development 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday - Eye Specialty Group - 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. On-call requirements

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 administration.  The resident receives a specific schedule each quarter.  Resident schedule includes approximately 40 hours per week assigned in accordance with those outlined in DUTIES.  Resident takes after hours, on-call assignments on a periodic basis.

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Supervisor of the Residency Program, and the Director of Residency Programs, when appropriate, will review cases periodically.

C.  The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research and a thorough literature review, or a clinical case series 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.  Resident must perform in a professional manner while engaged in the delivery of patient care services. Professional conduct, proprieties and courtesies must be consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Southern College of Optometry.

F. The resident will be 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 Southern College of Optometry, for failure to meet the requirements set forth in the Residency Handbook and program description, or for any action, that 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: $39,584.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
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: Daniel G. Fuller, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 901-722-3319
Fax: 901-820-2314
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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 38014, 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 of 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must satisfy all requirements for licensure in Tennessee. If accepted, the resident must obtain full license to practice optometry in Tennessee including injections, orals and glaucoma.

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.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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