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Residency in Community Health Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Community Health Optometry
Program Site: Community Health Centers of the Central Coast
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 150 Tejas Place

Nipomo, California 93444
Phone Number: 805-931-2661
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, OD

Program Application Deadline: January 30
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 Residency in Community Health Optometry at CHC (Community Health Centers) is to provide advanced optometric training and experience in the delivery of comprehensive primary care optometry in a multidisciplinary setting. The optometry residency at CHC (Community Health Centers) is dedicated to Eye and Vision Care in the Patient-Centered Medical Home. The Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH) is an approach to providing comprehensive primary care to patients from childhood through adulthood ensuring access to basic and preventive health care services, and to the delivery of appropriate, efficient, continuous and coordinated care between the patient and the healthcare team. The residency's mission is to prepare optometrists to provide full-scope primary care optometry by providing post-graduate clinical experience beyond that provided in the Doctor of Optometry program.

Program Description:

GOAL 1: To provide intense clinical training to strengthen the resident’s expertise and skills in the delivery of primary eye care services and clinical decision making with emphasis on the management of complex cases.

GOAL 2: The optometric resident will enhance his/her skills and competency in all areas of primary care optometry.

GOAL 3:  The optometric resident will enhance his/her skills in ocular disease, management and treatment.

GOAL 4: The optometric resident will learn to function effectively as part of a multidisciplinary health care team.

GOAL 5: The optometric resident will develop clinical instructional and preceptor skills.

GOAL 6: The optometric resident will gain skills and experience in conducting scholarly activities. These include written and oral presentations.



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

8:30 - 5:00, Monday through Friday, 40 hours per week.

Requirements for Completion:

  • The resident is expected to conduct him/herself in a professional manner at all times and is expected to observe standards of behavior and conduct in accordance with guidelines established by Community Health Center (CHC) and Southern College of Optometry (SCO).

  • The resident is required to attend all scheduled clinic sessions as assigned, excluding excused absences.

  • The resident is required to attend all formal residency conferences and other designated educational programs that have been selected by mutual agreement.

  • The resident is to complete a scholarship project and submit the corresponding manuscript to the residency supervisor before the end of the residency year.

  • The resident will maintain an accurate Patient Log of all patients seen during the residency.

  • The resident will complete all quarterly SCO preceptor evaluations, and program evaluations in a timely manner.

  • The resident will deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Frank Giardina, Residency Supervisor
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Franco Castrejon, Assistant Supervisor
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax),

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application online at All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. 

C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.

E. A personal interview will be required. 

F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.

Applicants must submit the following materials in a timely manner:

  • Current curriculum vitae

  • Letter of intent

  • Official optometry school transcripts

  • Official NBEO scores

  • 3 letters of recommendation

Community Health Centers (CHC) and Southern College of Optometry (SCO) are equal opportunity employers. They do not and will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, gender, religion, national origin, age or disability.

Program Application Deadline: January 30

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