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Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Midwestern University-Arizona College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 5865 W Utopia Rd

Glendale, Arizona 85308
Phone Number:
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Arizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University
Director of Residency Education:

Laura Addy, OD, FAAO

Director of Residencies

Midwestern University Eye Institute

5865 W Utopia Rd.

Glendale, AZ  85308

(623) 806.7267 

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2018
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Primary Care Optometry Residency Program at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry is to help residents develop into confident and independent doctors through guided professional development and advanced training in an inter-disciplinary environment.  This educational experience utilizes state of the art technology to deliver extensive clinical experience, exposure to academic teaching and involvement in research.

Program Description:

A 12-month program focused on primary care optometry with opportunities for diverse clinical experiences in ocular disease, surgical co-management, electrodiagnostics, contact lenses, binocular vision and pediatrics, acquired brain injury and low vision rehabilitation. The resident will also have the opportunity to rotate through an OD/MD setting and a hospital setting.

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

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. These activities include direct patient care at the Midwestern University Eye Institute, Valleywise Health community hospital Optometry Clinic, and Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center. Time will be given for research, reading, presentations, and didactic interactions. The resident is on-call several times throughout the year.

Requirements for Completion:

  • The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities via Meditrek and meet submission deadlines.

  • The resident is required to deliver a COPE-approved continuing education lecture.

  • The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a satisfactory level at all clinical sites as determined by the clinical supervisors/preceptors involved in the resident's training.

  • The resident is required to write a paper or case report of publishable quality.

  • The resident will be expected to act in a professional manner with all patient, student, faculty, and staff interactions.

Program Salary/Stipend: $55,000
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: Christopher Lowe, Associate Professor
Telephone: 623.806.7264
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • Applicants must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at

  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the applicant’s reasons for pursuing a residency at the Arizona College of Optometry, as well as their goals and expectations for the year.

  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or practicing optometrists familiar with the applicant’s clinical and/or didactic abilities are required; at least one letter must be from a faculty member. Letters should be submitted directly by the author through ORMatch.

  • Applicants must include a current curriculum vitae, NBEO board scores, and an unofficial optometry school transcript through ORMatch. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to additionally supply an official transcript from their optometry school's registrar.

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  1. Applicants must have earned the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.

  2. Applicants must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part III.

  3. Applicants must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Arizona.

  4. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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