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Program Title: Residency in Primary Eye Care, Vision Therapy and Neuro-rehabilitation
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Brain Injury
Program Site: MVC Eye Care
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 401 Daniel Webster Highway

Merrimack, New Hampshire 03054
Phone Number: 603-424-0404
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: 03/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to provide an opportunity to experience full-scope primary care optometry with a strong emphasis on vision therapy, developmental vision and neuro-rehabilitative optometric care. Our program will provide post-graduate clinical experience beyond that of the Doctor of Optometry program and its clinical externships. It will provide the education and management skills that are needed to excel in a private practice setting.

Program Description:

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

Goal 2: Develop the resident’s expertise in vision therapy and Neuro-rehab to a wide variety of patients.

Goal 3: 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 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 professional correspondence.

Goal 7: Develop the skills necessary to provide inpatient care at several area rehabilitation hospitals.


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

Monday, Wednesday and Friday 8:00 a.m. until final patient. Tuesday, 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Thursdays - external rehabilitation hospital visits, usually 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday hours 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. two times a month. Occasional on-call duties.

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 SCO and MVC Eye Care. Normal clinic hours are 8:00 A.M. until patient care is completed, usually around 5:00 P.M., Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Tuesday hours are from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Thursdays are reserved for external rehab hospital visits. These hours are dictated by the facilities, but usually begin at 8:30 and end by 5 P.M.  In the event that rehab hours are cancelled due to low hospital census, resident will report to clinic from 11:00 A.M. until 8:00 P.M. Saturday hours are required 2 Saturdays per month from 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. The resident is expected to be present in the clinic during all scheduled working hours, except when attending or delivering lectures or attending approved education. The resident may occasionally be required to be on call.  

B.  The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts.  This can easily be done through our EMR system. 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 MVC Eye Care 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 can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of MVC Eye Care or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry 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: $42,500.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Kevin M. Chauvette, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 603-424-0404
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 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. 

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

G. A personal interview is required at MVC Eye Care

H. Southern College of Optometry 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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