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Residency in Community Health and Primary Care Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Community Health Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Cherry Health
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Heart of the City Health Center
100 Cherry Street SE
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49503
Phone Number: 616-776-2135x7068
Fax Number: 616-940-5334
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, OD

Program Application Deadline: Feb. 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/2016
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Community Health Optometry and Primary Care at Cherry Health is to provide advanced clinical training and competency by delivering primary comprehensive optometric care within a multi-disciplinary health care setting. There is an emphasis on integration of services and increased access to quality and affordable care for underserved and at- risk individuals in order to improve their health and wellness.

Program Description:

Cherry Health provides comprehensive adult and pediatric vision services at the Heart of the City Health Center, the Montcalm Area Health Center and the Wyoming Health Center. Our school linked vision program, “See to Succeed”, provides traveling comprehensive eye care and glasses for students within over 40 schools throughout Kent County. Adult vision services include dilated eye exams, diabetic eye exams, interpretation of special testing (Cirrus OCT, Humphrey visual field, Anterior and Posterior segment photography, Corneal topography etc.) and diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. Pediatric vision services include infant eye exams, cycloplegic eye exams, and sensory motor evaluations including vision therapy for strabismus, amblyopia, and accommodative, oculomotor, and binocular vision disorders. In addition to clinical responsibilities, this residency also encourages both didactic and scholarly activities. The resident will give oral presentations, present a poster at a nationally recognized meeting and complete two case reports of publishable quality.

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

The resident will be scheduled for 38-40 hours per week, Monday through Friday. The resident will not be required to provide on-call or emergency care outside of clinical hours.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. Successful completion of the majority of the residency’s goals and objectives.

  2. Attend all scheduled clinic sessions as assigned (not including excused absences).

  3. Conduct him/herself at all times with composure, patience, and professionalism.

  4. Maintain an accurate patient log.

  5. Maintain an accurate activities log of all non-clinical activities.

  6. Write two papers of publishable quality.

  7. Submit a poster to a national optometry meeting (If poster is not accepted the resident may submit a third case report or literature review of publishable quality).

  8. Complete all evaluations of program and preceptors in a timely manner.

  9. Obtain agreement from all residency faculty that a residency certificate should be granted.

Program Salary/Stipend: $33,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Other: Short and long term disability insurance
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Meagan Baker, Residency Supervisor, Optometrist in Charge
Telephone: 616-776-2135 x 7068
Fax: 616-940-5334
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application Procedures

1. Register with ORMS

This program participates with the National Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). The application procedure, required supporting documentation and matching algorithm may be found on the organizations website (

2. Provide a curriculum vitae and letter of intent (email is acceptable).

3. Three letters of recommendation from faculty at the applicant’s college, at least one from a fourth year clinical instructor.

4. Official optometry college transcripts.

5. Official NBEO scores are provided by ORMatch.

6. An onsite interview is required.

7. Application deadline: February 1st.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Eligibility Requirements

    1. Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry (OD) degree from a school or college accredited by The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

    2. Applicants are expected to have taken and passed all portions of the National Board of Optometry exams.

    3. The resident will be expected to obtain licensure in the state of Michigan.

    4. The resident should be enthusiastic/have interest in community health.

    5. The resident must be hard working, motivated and capable of independent learning.

    6. Applicants must apply through ORMatch and complete “Applicant’s Ranking of Programs”

    7. The resident will be chosen based on credentials and the interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin or disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: Feb. 1st

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