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Program Title: Residency in Cornea/Specialty Contact Lenses with an emphasis in Ocular Disease
Program Type: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Mid-Atlantic Cornea Consultants, York Vision Care
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1600 6th Avenue
Suite 119B
York, Pennsylvania 17043
Phone Number: (717) 855-2604
Fax Number: (717) 855-2653
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD FAAO

Director of Off-Campus Residency Programs at Salus University

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/01/2019 - new program
Accreditation Status: First Year Program
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To provide in depth training which would allow the resident to evaluate, manage, and treat complicated anterior segment disease.

Program Description:

This residency program is intended to provide advanced optometric  training with special emphasis on evaluation and management in the areas of Cornea, External Disease, Post-Operative Surgical Care, and Medical Contact Lens Fitting. Patient care will take place in the office of Sarah Bell, O.D. and Sudeep Pramanik, M.D., M.B.A .  in York, PA and Towson, MD.

The resident will be responsible for examining and completing charts for 10-15 patients per clinic session – including emergent care, post-operative evaluations, comprehensive exams, and corneal disease follow up care.  The resident will be expected to perform at least two new medical contact lens fittings per month, with appropriate follow up.  Observation in the operating room with Dr. Sudeep Pramanik will be arranged as part of the curriculum.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program:
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Typical Weekly Hours:

Monday-Thursday: 8am-5pm, Friday: 8am-3:30pm

Surgical observation days will start at 7:30am and will end when cases are finished (usually around 1-2pm)

After-Hours Expectations:

Triage emergency calls 2 weeks per month and report to program supervisor for plan of care (M.D.  will see emergent patients, non-emergent will be seen during the next business hours)

Requirements for Completion:

Final grand rounds presentation at Resident’s Day (Salus University), Poster or lecture presentation at American Academy of Optometry, Final review in which the resident demonstrates clinical knowledge and skills to manage complicated cornea patients successfully, and clinical knowledge and skills to properly fit a patient in medical contact lenses; all completed patient/didactic logs and evaluations; publishable quality paper

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000 for 54-week program
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: Sarah Bell, Staff Optometrist
Telephone: (717) 855-2604
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All applicants must apply through the ORMatch (

Please submit the following directly to the program supervisor:

  • Letter of interest explaining why you wish to pursue this residency (email is acceptable)

  • Resume / curriculum vitae (email is acceptable)

  • Current optometric transcript (complete official transcript when available, copy is acceptable)

  • Current NBEO transcript (complete transcript when available, copy is acceptable)

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your clinical abilities (an email version of the letter is acceptable)

Once all materials are submitted and the application packet is reviewed, candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.  Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of clinic and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills.  

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure:

Current CV with 2 letters of recommendation

In person working interview – candidate will be observing clinic with the program supervisor and co-coordinator during a typical patient day with a sit-down interview after patient care

Residents will be ranked and assigned according to OR match regulations

Admissions Criteria: 

Completion of Doctorate of Optometry

Certification of passing National Board of Optometry (3 parts)

Application for State Licensure in Maryland AND Pennsylvania

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 late Spring of every academic year.