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Cornea and Contact Lens Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Michigan College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1124 South State Street, Rm 231

Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Phone Number: 231-591-3714
Fax Number: 231-591-2394
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2004
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The optometry residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Michigan College of Optometry will provide post-doctorate clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment, and management of a wide variety of ocular conditions, with special emphasis in specialty contact lenses and diseased and post-surgical corneas.  This residency will equip the resident with the necessary tools for life long learning, thereby enabling continued advanced level competency throughout his/her professional career.  The residency will emphasize the trainee’s responsibility for future contributions to the profession of optometry, particularly in the contact lens specialty area by instilling in its residents a professional and scientific attitude.

Program Description:

The resident acquires advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of corneal conditions, with an emphasis in specialty contact lenses. Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident assumes the responsibility and care of patients requiring contact lenses, to include the design, fitting and problem-solving of both relatively easy-to-fit and challenging cases such as presbyopia, keratoconus, high astigmatism, orthokeratology and post-surgical care. The program allows the resident to develop the ability to educate and instruct others by conducting grand rounds and presenting a contact lens-related seminar to third- and fourth-year students, as well as participating in their clinical supervision.

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

A minimum of 40 hours per week is required. The majority of the resident's time will be spent at MCO participating in specialty contact lens clinics, clinical research and professional development. The remaining time will be spent in Grand Rapids at the office of corneal and refractive surgery subspecialists, as well as at Art Optical participating in specialty lens co-consultations. A paper of manuscript quality is required.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. To serve as a resident for the entire period specified above

  2. To perform to the best of his/her abilities in all assigned duties

  3. To maintain and complete supervisor evaluations, patient logs, etc.

  4. To complete one publishable quality paper

  5. To maintain standards of competence in clinical practice

  6. To act in a professional manner at all times

  7. To observe all rules and regulations of the Michigan College of Optometry including:

    1. Practice within the scope of clinical privileges

    2. Practice according to the rules of residency supervision

  8. To refrain from participating in any activities (personal or other employment related) that would interfere with the effective performance of all assigned duties and responsibilities

  9. To refuse fees or payment in any form from patients, staff physicians or others

Competion is monitored by the supervisor via patient logs, scholarly and didactic activity logs  and communication with faculty and other cinical st

Program Salary/Stipend: $31,000
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: Chad Rosen, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 231-591-3714
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 1

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