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Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: SouthEast Eye Specialists
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 7268 Jarnigan Road
Suite 200
Chattanooga, Tennessee 37421
Phone Number: 423-508-7337
Fax Number:
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: 02/20/2014
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of SouthEast Eye Specialists' Optometric Residency in Ocular Disease is to offer qualified residents advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases and in the pre-operative and post-operative care of patients undergoing a variety of ocular surgical procedures. The program will prepare the resident to work confidently and efficiently as part of a dynamic team of professionals including optometrists, ophthalmologists, ophthalmic technicians and administrative personnel.

Program Description:

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

Goal 2: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge in the care of corneal and refractive surgery patients.

Goal 4: Expand the resident’s knowledge in the care of cataract patients.

Goal 5: Expand the resident’s knowledge in the care of glaucoma patients.

Goal 6: Increase the resident’s knowledge of retinal diseases and their managements.

Goal 7: Increase the resident’s knowledge of systemic diseases and their treatment.

Goal 8: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 9: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Goal 10: The resident will acquire a practical understanding of patient coding, billing, and practice management in a secondary care clinical setting.



Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 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 SEES, 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 6 months of training. 

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. Logs will be reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor of SEES, 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 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 SEES Clinic.

F. The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided by SEES Clinic. The resident will deliver twelve powerpoint presentations to SEES medical staff.

G. 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 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 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: $42,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Supplemental life and AD&D insurance, long term disability
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Leslie Phillips, Supervisor
Telephone: 423-508-7337
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 38014, 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 3.2 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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