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Primary Care Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: Henry Ford OptimEyes--West Bloomfield
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 7230 Orchard Lake Rd

West Bloomfield, Michigan 48322
Phone Number: 248-661-5100
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This primary care residency program seeks to fulfill its mission by providing clinically focused post-graduate education in a multi-disciplinary environment with emphasis on ocular disease and specialty contact lens fitting. Extensive interaction with attending optometrists and externs facilitates a truly unique learning experience, as well as an opportunity to interact with other members of the health care delivery team. Direct optometric patient care is combined with clinical supervision of fourth professional year Michigan College of Optometry externs to complete the resident's optometric clinical education. The primary goal of this program is to improve the resident's proficiency and clinical competency in diagnosis, treatment and management of patients. This residency's patient population is diverse with a large variety of medical and ocular pathology and specialty contact lens fittings. Upon completion of this program, the resident will be prepared to pursue professional opportunities such as academia or develop and operate a full-scope optometric clinic.

Program Description:

The residency will be for a period of 12 months, commencing July 1st and ending June 30th.  The resident’s schedule will vary according to patient care and training needs.  A minimum of 40 hours per week is required.  Approximately 4 hours per week will be allotted for working on case reports, journal club activities, and posters/presentations.  The remaining hours per week will be spent in direct patient care. The resident participates in patient care via providing professional services at the Henry Ford OptimEyes West Bloomfield Clinic, either directly or via supervising Michigan College of Optometry externs.  The resident examines primary eye care, contact lens, and ocular disease patients under supervision from faculty.  When assigned to direct patient care, the resident will also be responsible for performing specialty diagnostic testing and for examining walk-in emergency patients.  This facility serves a diverse patient population, and the unique environment exposes the resident to a variety of ocular pathologies and specialty contact lens fittings.

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

The resident's schedule will be assigned at the beginning of the program and modified depending on the needs of the clinic and the resident. The schedule may contain irregular numbers of hours for each workday; however, the weekly average will be 40 hours of assigned duties. The schedule consists on average of four 10 hour days. This does not include outside development time necessary for research, lecture preparation, journal reviews, manuscript preparation, etc.

Requirements for Completion:

The residency encourages scholarly activities. Clinical instruction of externs and oral presentations to peer audiences is expected. The resident is also expected to complete a manuscript of publishable quality or present a scientific poster (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year. All program-specific completion requirements must be met, along with attendance requirements, satisfactory clinical and professional achievements, and the completion of all periodic written evaluations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $43,680.00
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: Brian Schmidt, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 248-661-5100
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch by the ORMatch published deadline.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants must have an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education by the start of the residency program.

  • The applicant must apply through ORMatch.

  • After the application materials are received by the Residency Supervisor through ORMatch, the applicant will be contacted for an interview.

  • Residents are chosen by a residency committee based on credentials and the interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin or disabilities.

  • Prior to completion of the residency, it is expected that the applicant will have passed the National Board Exam and will obtain state licensure.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

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