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Residency in Primary Eye Care

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: The Vision Center of West Phoenix
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 9515 W. Camelback Rd., Suite 110

Phoenix, Arizona 85037
Phone Number: 623-937-1655
Fax Number: 623-930-1396
Affiliation: University of Houston, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Beth G. Harper, OD 

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Primary Care Optometry Residency Program at The Vision Center of West Phoenix (TVC) seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates to receive advanced clinical training in primary care (comprehensive vision exams) and medical eye exams (ocular disease diagnosis and management). The residency program incorporates patient care of a minority community with didactic education, scholarly activity, direct interaction with other health care providers, and community service. These residency components promote advanced skills and knowledge in primary eye care. Residents completing the program will gain the necessary experience to pursue primary care professional opportunities requiring an advanced level of training.

Program Description:

Description of Program: The Residency consists of approximately 25% medical eye exams, 5% specialty services and 70% comprehensive vision exams. Our patients range from children to geriatric with a large percentage of minority patients. We are looking for Residents interested in advancing their level of care, looking for a leadership role in a minority community and possibly looking to make Arizona a future home. Educational Opportunities: Direct patient care, clinic attending, case review conferences, self-study time, and research activities. The resident may lead clinical peer reviewed discussions with optometric interns.

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

40-45 hours including Saturday and on call responsibilities

Requirements for Completion:

The requirements for program completion, as outlined in the resident's manual, are listed below.

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 patient encounters and associated information.

3. The resident must attend required seminars, journal reviews and case discussions.  Furthermore, the resident is required to lead monthly journal discussions.

4.  The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality and or present (poster or paper) at a local, regional, or national meeting.

5.  The resident is required to keep a log of community service projects or activities and associated information.

6. The resident is required to keep copies of written communications, notes and or orders for referrals or consultations with other doctors.

7.  The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical and the exit interview.

The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing all requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of the Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident. The residency certificate is only awarded if the resident completes all requirements.

Program Salary/Stipend: $52,000/yr and $3000 professional stipend
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Roger Juarez, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 623-937-1655
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch. In addition to your ORMatch materials, submit 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. Send unofficial NBEO scores to Roger A. Juarez, O.D. The Vision Center of West Phoenix 9515 W. Camelback Rd., Suite 110 Phoenix, AZ 85037 623-937-1655

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 Arizona 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, NBEO scores (unofficial provided by candidate in addition to official scores from ORMS), and two letters of recommendation from clinical faculty, and one letter of recommendation from service/volunteer related program. Qualified candidates are invited to the clinic for an interview. If the candidate is unable to travel to the site, the Residency 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, degree of match between the program's mission and goals and the candidate's personal residency goals, and interpersonal skills. The Vision Center of West Phoenix is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All decisions involving resident selection are made without regard to age, sex, race, religion, or national origin.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Program length is 56 weeks.