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Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Omni Eye Services of Atlanta
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Omni Eye Services of Atlanta
5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 300
Atlanta, Georgia 30342
Phone Number: 404-257-0814
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Caroline B. Pate, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1983
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Mission Statement The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services is to seek to attract and select the best-qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with concentrated clinical experience and advanced didactic knowledge in secondary care optometry. Training will be provided at a level to allow individuals who complete the program to deliver a high level of secondary eye care, serve as teachers in optometric or other professional environments, and serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in secondary eye care.

Program Description:

The Resident in Ocular Disease has the opportunity to provide advanced clinical care to a diverse and challenging population of adult (over 16) patients in one of the nation's leading co-management centers. The Omni Atlanta faculty includes board certified doctors of optometry and ophthalmology who specialize in anterior and posterior segment disease of the eye. The resident will provide pre- and post-operative care in addition to daily management of ocular disease conditions. The program primarily involves direct patient care by the resident, but exposure to teaching through clinical supervision of staff and students is also incorporated. In order to better develop the residents' scholarship, a paper suitable for publication is required. Participation in emergency call sharpens the residents' independent diagnostic and management skills. Curriculum The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Ocular Disease include the following: 1. Training in pre- and post-operative care of the cataract patient, anterior segment disease, corneal conditions, glaucoma, and retina by the Residency Supervisor and the other Omni Eye Services Doctors and Staff. 2. Provision of patient care at all three Omni offices (North Atlanta main office, West office, South office). 3. Presentation of a lecture to other residents and faculty of UABSO during the latter part of the program. 4. Regular formal presentations at the weekly resident/extern conferences. 5. Completion of a paper suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. 6. Poster presentation at a continuing education or scientific meeting is encouraged. 7. Membership in local, state, and national optometric organizations which promote scholarly and political activity is encouraged. 8. Supervision of a group of externs each quarter, with responsibility in orienting, monitoring progress, and presenting their own lecture series to the externs. 9. Attendance at monthly lectures given by the Center Director and weekly lectures given by the MDs in the practice, and retinal rounds on Friday. 10. Attendance of continuing education lectures at local, state, and regional meetings such as GOA and SECO is encouraged. 11. Attendance at all Greater Atlanta Optometric Society meetings. 12. Trip to the State Capitol on at least one full day to allow exposure to law making and testimony and lobbying for a bill from inception to committee hearings to full house and senate votes.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Each resident is expected to participate in residency activities 40 hours per week. He/she is also expected to provide emergency coverage for the clinic during day, night, and weekend hours on a rotating basis .

Requirements for Completion:

Criteria for Residency Completion 1. The resident is required to deliver a presentation at least 30 minutes in length during the Spring Conference at UABSO. 2. Multiple one-hour presentations are to be delivered to Omni Externs throughout the year. 3. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor. 4. The resident is required to keep a record of patient encounters. Cases are reviewed periodically by the residency supervisor. 5. The resident is required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. 6. 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 the operation of Omni Eye Services. 7. The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum. When a resident successfully completes the training program, the Director of Residency Programs recommends to the Dean the granting of a certificate.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000
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: Paul C. Ajamian, O.D., Center Director of Omni Eye Services of Atlanta, Board Certified, American Board of Optometry
Telephone: 404-257-0814
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Paul C. Ajamian, O.D. Center Director, Omni Eye Services of Atlanta 5505 Peachtree Dunwoody Road, Suite 300 Atlanta, Georgia 30342 Or for information call 404-257-0814 or email

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Requirements: The Residency in Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta utilizes the ORMatch residency matching service. Admission eligibility criteria include the following: 1. Applicant must comply with all ORMatch procedures and submit an ORMatch application with all supporting documentation (statement of interest, curriculum vitae, optometry school transcripts, copy of full NBEO score report, and at least three letters of recommendation) by the January 31 deadline as described at 2. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation, from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education accredited school or college of optometry. 3. Applicant should show evidence of a strong academic and clinical record. Applicant must furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education. 4. Applicant must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and furnish results of these examinations when they become available. 5. Applicant must take and pass the Georgia Jurisprudence Exam to become eligible for a Georgia State License 6. An interview by the committee with each applicant may be required.  The University of Alabama at Birmingham and Omni Eye Services of Atlanta affirms that all residency applicants are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disability. Selection Procedure: Interested candidates for the residency position are asked to visit the prospective resident's section of the Omni Eye Services Website (, which contains the program description, mission statement, goals, objectives, and curriculum statement, admission eligibility requirements, and instructions on applying through ORMatch. Links to the UAB School of Optometry ( and ORMatch ( websites are provided. Applicants may contact the Residency Director from the UABSO website ( or the Residency Supervisor from the Omni Eye Services website ( to obtain more information about the program. The application process begins with the resident applying to ORMatch. First, the resident applicant will need to register with ORMatch by submitting a completed application form. The application, supporting documentation, and ORMatch processing fee are due by January 31.  Each ocular disease applicant is strongly encouraged to visit Omni Eye Services, but a personal interview is not mandatory. Telephone interviews may be arranged if a visit cannot be scheduled.  Finally, the resident applicant should submit his or her ranking of residency program preferences to ORMatch by the deadline date published on the ORMatch website. Dr. Ajamian is responsible for ranking candidates based upon their applications, references, and interviews and then submits this ranking order on the ORMatch website. Official notification of matches will be sent to all parties by ORMatch approximately one week after the matching deadline date. Dr. Ajamian contacts the candidate within 10 business days of the announced match. Dr. Ajamian sends each of the matched candidates a letter of appointment. Resident applicants who do not match will be informed of such by ORMatch. The names of residency programs which also did not match and the name of unmatched applicants will be available on the ORMatch website at the earliest possible date after the match. After official notification of non-matched status by ORMatch, interested parties can proceed with independent negotiation in filling residency programs.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Resident required to take and pass the Georgia State Board.