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Community Eye Clinic Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Community Eye Clinic
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 655 Taylor Street

Fort Worth, Texas 76102
Phone Number: (817) 289-6800
Fax Number:
Email: jdeakins@Central.UH.EDU
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: 09/01/2016
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Ocular Disease Residency Program at Community Eye Clinic is a one-year post-doctoral, clinical training program in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease. The residency provides advanced competency in knowledge and clinical skills through a scholarly, didactic, and clinical curriculum to highly qualified optometric graduates. Residents completing the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in ocular disease.

Program Description:

Direct supervised patient care, as well as clinical attending experiences, will be completed at the Community Eye Clinic. The resident will participate in seminars and local optometric society continuing education meetings. Teaching involves supervision of fourth year professional students. The resident will work closely with the Program Coordinator and student externs. The resident, under the guidance of the Program Coordinator, will create a clinical seminar presentation for students and complete four written case reports suitable for publication. The resident will be encouraged to participate in poster and paper sessions at national optometric meetings.

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:

5 day work week between 40 and 45 hours per week.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the faculty, Program Coordinator, and the Director of Residency Programs.

2. Maintain a record of patient names and associated information.

3. Submit an abstract to the American Academy of Optometry Residents Day Program or other national meeting.

4. Deliver one presentation to fourth year optometry externs.

5. Complete 4 case reports for publication in the TOA Enews.

6. Read assigned scientific literature and maintain the Journal Library.

7. Successfully complete all teaching assignments.

8. Attend required seminars and continuing education programs.

9. Complete all required evaluations of faculty, program, Program Coordinator, and the exit evaluation.

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

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: UHCO Continuing Education at no cost
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jennifer Deakins, Program Coordiantor
Telephone: (817) 289-6800
E-mail Address: jdeakins@Central.UH.EDU
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 directly to the program coordinator an unofficial copy (screen shot, etc.) of NBEO scores that are available at the time of application and additional scores as soon as they are available to the candidate.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

An interview is required for qualified candidates, preferably on-site with the Program Coordinator and program faculty. For candidates unable to travel to the site a phone interview may be conducted. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills. Priority is given to applicants with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA. Other requirements include 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, passing all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the residency, and a State of Texas Optometry license (completion of testing prior to beginning of program).

The University of Houston is an equal opportunity/affirmative action institution.  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 Application Deadline: February 1

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