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Cornea and Contact Lens Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: One University Blvd.
331 Marillac Hall
St. Louis, Missouri 63121
Phone Number: 314-516-6534
Fax Number: 314-516-6708
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1985
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry Residency Program in Cornea and Contact Lenses is to provide high quality, advanced post-graduate education and clinical training in cornea and contact lenses to qualified optometrists who will contribute to eye care and the profession of optometry, particularly in this specialty area. Upon successful completion of this program, the resident will be able to pursue a professional career in a contact lens practice, refractive surgery co-management, optometric contact lens education and/or clinical research. The program instills in its residents a professional and scientific attitude, skills for lifelong learning, a commitment to the profession of optometry and a desire to contribute to the social welfare of the community.

Program Description:

This program provides extensive experience in the theory and clinical application of contact lenses. Participation in advanced contact lenses and corneal physiology, instruction, research and rotation through ophthalmology and refractive surgery clinics will be included in this program. The resident will assist with direct patient care and the teaching of student interns. Other responsibilities include being on-call, participating in journal club and seminars.

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

40 hours per week, Residents share on-call duties

Requirements for Completion:

Completion of the 54 weeks of residency Attending the assigned clinic services Working with the Coordinator of Emergency Services Attending the advanced contact lens seminars & lectures Participation in the college's grand rounds Organizing assigned workshops A minimum of one manuscript of publishable quality Participate in a clinical research study Presentation of a new seminar topic to students Coordinate a journal club for students Attend the AAO, HOACLS or other national meeting Performance-via evaluations-at minimum, a 3.0 of a 5.0 An exit interview will be arranged with the Contact Lens faculty

Program Salary/Stipend: $36,500.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jessica Tu, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 314-516-5116
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Participation in the ORMatch Service Must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and official optometry school transcripts via OR Match.  Please contact Julie DeKinder, O.D. at for questions. 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure: Participation in the ORMatch Service Must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and optometry school transcripts via ORMatch.  An official optometry school transcript must be submitted to the program after the match. Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to ORMatch which determines the final selection. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Admission Criteria: O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited program by starting date Preference given to GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale Successful completion of NBEO examinations Obtain Missouri optometry license within 1 month of residency start date Submit required application materials *Must demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S. As per the state requirement for university employees, a criminal background check is required.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

Program Coordinator: Jessica Tu, O.D.