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Residency in Ocular Disease, Refractive and Ocular Surgery

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses, Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: Newsom Eye, Tampa, FL
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 13904 N. Dale Mabry Hwy. Suite 200

Tampa, Florida 33618
Phone Number: 813.908.2020
Fax Number: 813.908.2133
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD, FAAODirector of Off-Campus Residency Programs

PCO at Salus University

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2017
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Designed by an alumni residency trained OD from PCO, this education year is for the resident to be treated as an individual. We invest the time to understand, remember and meet all their needs, wants and personal expectations. Ultimately, our goal is to give our resident the skills to compete for any OD health care job in the marketplace upon graduation.  Each of our team of physicians shows attentive and engaging care in all sub specialties. We are supportive educators and trusted advisors who will strive to identify barriers the resident faces and eliminate them to ensure our resident’s success.

Program Description:

Newsom Eye’s goal is to provide a unique post-doctoral experience in a multidisciplinary setting with the intent of graduating a self-supportive, knowledgeable eye care physician capable of engaging in eye care in any setting.

Multidisciplinary care is provided with a LASIK/Refractive cataract surgery specialist, glaucoma specialist, oculoplastic specialist, two retinal specialists and a cornea specialist. The center has associated AAAHC certified surgery centers on site with excimer (Contoura tomography guided), femtosecond, and Ellex YAG technologies to cross train and expand the understanding of the resident for co management of all surgical care.

FDA and CXL studies are currently underway at Newsom Eye and the resident will also have significant exposure to new technologies in eye care and actively participate in them. Anterior segment disease and specialty contact lenses will be another aspect of the residency program. Specialty lens fittings for regular and irregular corneas includes, but is not limited to: hybrid lenses, scleral lenses, rigid gas permeable lenses, soft specialty designs for diseased corneas, and all soft modalities. Multiple lens companies will be utilized for specialty fittings, as well as a wide variety of diagnostic fitting sets that will be available for the resident’s use in office.

We also make it a goal of ours to provide inciteful business experience in the realm of eye care and eye care business from both an OD and OD/MD concept. This includes training in coding, billing, insurances, marketing and many other important facets of eye care business.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 5, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 hours per week

On call approximately every seven weeks for 1 week interval

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to:

1. Deliver clinical services at a level that demonstrates they have attained the core competencies of the program. This is evaluated and trained if needed early in the program to ensure continuity of care.

2. Successfully complete all clinical rotations.

3. Complete one to two papers suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal.

4. Participate in required seminars, grand rounds, case conferences, and continuing education, including Resident's Day at PCO/Salus.

5. Maintain a log of patient names and associated information.

6. Complete all required evaluations of the program.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000 annual + $3,000 stipend for CE/Travel reimbursement
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Eric Fazio, Attending Optometrist
Telephone: 813.908.2020
Fax: 813.908.2133
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All Candidates will apply through ORMatch

Submit the following application materials directly to the program:

Curriculum Vitae

Statement of Interest

Official Optometry School Transcripts

2 Letters of Recommendation from clinical faculty or supervising doctors in externships

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Once all application materials are submitted and reviewed, eligible candidates will be invited for a formal interview.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills.  All applicants will be evaluated without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disabilities.


Admission Criteria:

Must obtain a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry

Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program - **Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Eric Fazio) to determine application criteria and interview process**

Obtain a Florida Optometry License

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The resident receives a certificate of completion at the end of the residency year.  Salus Univeristy also hosts all residents and program supervisors at their end of the year Residency Graduation Ceremony, which takes place on-campus, typically May of every academic year.