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Residency in Primary Care Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: UH University Eye Institute (1 position) & UH Eye Clinic at Heights (1 position)
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 4901 Calhoun Rd
University of Houston College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Phone Number: 713.743.6481
Fax Number: 713.743.2053
Affiliation: University of Houston, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Beth G. Harper, OD 

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1987
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Primary Care Optometry Residency Program at the University of Houston seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with a one-year post-doctoral, clinical training program designed to provide advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experiences as well as promote scholarly development. Residents who complete the program are expected to attain advanced clinical competencies in a variety of aspects of optometric care including contact lens, low vision, pediatrics and binocular vision, and treatment and management of ocular disease.

Program Description:

This residency provides advanced clinical and specialty training in primary care, low vision rehabilitation, pediatric optometry, specialty contact lenses, and diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The resident will participate in direct patient care and rotate through specialty areas. The program includes supervised primary care clinical experiences and opportunities for participation in research. In addition, teaching experiences in clinical as well as seminar, lecture and laboratory formats will be provided. Participation in the emergency call service is also an integral part of the educational experience. One resident is based at the College and the second resident located at a community-based clinic.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: June 20, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks. When the resident is assigned to on-call they are responsible for additional hours, as needed, to provide emergency/urgent care outside of business hours (evenings, nights, weekends).

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to 1. Deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident's patient care. 2. Successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum. 3. Complete a paper based on original research or review of the literature, suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. 4. Deliver three rounds style presentations. 5. Participate in required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions 6. Successfully complete all teaching assignments. 7. Maintain a log of patient names and associated information. 8. Complete all required evaluations of clinical attending doctors, rotations, seminars, residency coordinator, and the exit interview.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 / year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Continuing education provided by UHCO at no cost.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Janet Garza, Co-program coordinator (UH Eye Center at Heights)
Telephone: 713.743.6481
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Justin Simbulan, Interim co-program coordinator (University Eye Institute)
Telephone: 713.743.1309
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch. In addition to your ORMatch materials, submit directly to the program coordinator an unofficial copy (screen shot, etc.) of NBEO scores that are available at application and additional scores as soon as they are available to the candidate.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to candidates with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher The University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Program Admission Requirements: Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the program. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program, Completion of testing for a State of Texas Optometry License prior to the beginning of the program

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The program may be completed as a Residency/MS over 24 months