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Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: University of Houston College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 4901 Calhoun Rd
University of Houston College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Phone Number: 713.743.6534
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: 2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Ocular Disease Residency Program at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) is a one-year post-doctoral clinical training program in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The residency provides advanced competency in knowledge and clinical skills through a scholarly, didactic, and clinical curriculum to highly qualified optometry graduates. Residents completing the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in ocular disease.

Program Description:

The Ocular Disease Residency is designed to aid the resident in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to provide advanced clinical care in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Extensive experience will be provided in the areas of glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, retina and anterior segment disease and anomalies. The resident will have the opportunity to interact with both optometrists and ophthalmologic sub-specialists. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to seek further training in other areas such as low vision, contact lenses, and on-call service. Didactic training includes resident seminars, journal clubs, and clinical rounds.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
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; with up to 47 hours including On-call responsibilities. 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. The resident is responsible for additional hours, as required to provide after-hours urgent and emergency care.

Requirements for Completion:

1.             The resident is required to 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.             The resident is required to keep a log of patients and associated information.

3.             The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements specific to their program. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality

4.             The resident is required to deliver three rounds style presentations

5.             The resident is required to successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.

6.             The resident is required to successfully complete all teaching assignments.

7.             The resident must attend required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.

8.             The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, rotations, seminars, their Program 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: Joe Wheat, program coordinator
Telephone: 713.743.6534
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch Submit the following application materials directly to the program:

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Interest

Official Optometry School Transcripts

2 Letters of Recommendation

Un-Official NBEO Transcripts (e.g., screen shot of scores from NBEO website)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility criteria for the program include:

1) Completion of the 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.

2)  Passing grades on all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program.

3)  Completion of Texas licensing examination prior to the beginning of the program.

4)  Priority is given to applicants with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA.


Application Process and Selection Procedure

The application process includes registering through ORMatch and submitting curriculum vitae, statement of interest, optometry transcripts, unofficial NBEO scores, and two letters of recommendation.  The application materials are reviewed by the Program Coordinator.  Qualified candidates are invited for an interview.   If the candidate is unable to travel, the Program Coordinator may interview the candidate by telephone.  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 Program Coordinator, with input from faculty and the Director of Residency Programs, ranks the candidates.

The policy of the University of Houston (UH) is to ensure equal opportunity in all its educational programs and activities, and all terms and conditions of employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, religion, national origin, veteran's status, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy), except where such a distinction is required by law.  Additionally, UH prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment and educational programs on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

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