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Program Title: Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Type: Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Georgia Eye Partners
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 550 Peachtree Street
Suite 1500
Atlanta, Georgia 30308
Phone Number: 404-897-6810
Fax Number: 404-897-4924
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: 06/2012
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency Program in Refractive Surgery and Ocular Disease at Georgia Eye Partners will provide graduate optometrists with advanced competency in eye care in the areas of co-management of cataract surgery, refractive surgery and mastering skills necessary to assess and be competent in treating ocular disease through education and patient care.

Program Description:

Goal 1:  Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the evaluation and management of cataract surgery patients.

Goal 2:  Expand the resident’s knowledge in the evaluation and management of refractive surgery patients.

Goal 3:  Expand the resident’s knowledge in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.

Goal 4:  Expand the resident’s knowledge of systemic diseases and the appropriate treatment plan.

Goal 5:  Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation.

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 activities.

Goal 8:  The residency will provide the resident the opportunity to become an effective clinical educator.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Some on call required.

Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor of GEP, as well as the Director of Residency Programs, and the administration of Southern College of Optometry. 

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Residency Supervisor as well as the Director of the Residency Programs at SCO, will periodically review patient contacts.

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

D.  The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at GEP, and provide an oral presentation on campus at SCO in June of their residency year.

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

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

G.  The Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the resident through the office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry upon successful completion of the Residency Program at GEP.

H.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Georgia Eye Partners, or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, 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: $38,000.00. 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: Josh Johnston, Supervisor
Telephone: 404-897-6810
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:

A. 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 a Georgia license and furnish official transcripts.  If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a Georgia optometry license.

E. Three letters of recommendation are required.

F. A brief essay stating the reasons for applying to this program is required.

G. A personal interview is required.

H. Southern College of Optometry affirms that all residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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