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Providence Community Health Center Residency in Primary Care Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Community Health Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Providence Community Health Center, Inc
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 335R Prairie Avenue

Providence, Rhode Island 02905
Phone Number: 401-444-0400 x3653
Fax Number:
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2019
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program will provide advanced optometry training and experience in the delivery of comprehensive eye care in an interdisciplinary Federal Qualified Health Center. The program will provide quality-based, patient centered and affordable eye care services to the underserved, low income and uninsured patients in the Providence community.  

Program Description:

The residency at Providence Community Health Centers represents a unique opportunity for a resident to be involved in the management of both chronic and acute eye conditions.  Located in a state of the art Eye Care Center, the resident will be responsible for delivering care within a multi-disciplinary health setting. The program allows for a significant amount of collaboration between different health care specialties. The patient demographic covers all ages with a wide socioeconomic background. The resident will be responsible for clinical instruction/precepting 4thyear optometry students. The program is well rounded, offering five days of clinical encounters as well as rotations within the different Health Center locations and external ophthalmological practices.  The residency has a strong didactic program, including grand rounds presentations, journal club and the completion of a community health research project.

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

Monday:            Patient Care   9 am – 5 pm

Tuesday:            Patient Care12 pm – 8 pm

Wednesday:      Patien Care   9 am- 5 pm

Thursday:          Professional development and monthly medical staff meeting  

                   11:30 am – 1:30 p

PatientCare  1:30 pm – 8 pm

Friday:               Patient Care   9 am – 5 pm

Requirements for Completion:

1. To attend all scheduled clinic sessions as assigned (not including excused absences)and demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times.

2. To demonstrate the necessary clinical skills, expertise and progress as well as the appropriate professional attitude commensurate with the program's mission, goals and objectives

3. To attend all formal residency conferences and any other designated educational programs that have been selected by mutual agreement.

4. To complete a scholarship project and submit the corresponding manuscript to the program director by the end of the residency year.

5. To maintain an accurate Patient Log of all patients seen during the residency.

6. To maintain an Activities Log of all non-clinical activities during the residency.

7. To complete all NECO program and preceptor evaluations and questionnaires as required in a timely manner.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,500
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: • Full NECO library privileges • Tuition waiver at NECO-sponsored continuing education courses
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: David Mills, Director of Eye Care
Telephone: 401-444-0400 x3653
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

-Current curriculum vitae

-Letter of intent

-Official optometry school transcripts

-Official NBEO scores

-3 letters of recommendation

Applicants are notified by the program director when all the required application materials have been received.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

•Applicants must be graduates of an ACOE accredited college of optometry.

•Successful completion of National Boards Parts I, II, and III.

•Applicants must be eligible for optometric licensure in the State of Rhode Island at the earliest opportunity.

•Applicants must be available for a personal or virtual interview.

•Candidates apply through the deadline is January 31, 2022.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Additional Comments

Providence Community Health Centers are equal opportunity employers.  They do not and will not discriminate against any person because of race, sex, religion, color, creed, disability, marital or parental status, sexual preference or national origin.