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Residency in Cornea/Specialty Contact Lenses with an emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
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
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this residency program at Mid-Atlantic Cornea Consultants is to provide the entry level optometrist with specialized training and mentorship which would allow the resident to evaluate, diagnose, treat, and manage complicated anterior segment disease.  The resident will also have exposure to extensive anterior and posterior segment disease including glaucoma, macular degeneration, and retinal tears and detachments. The resident will manage cases that have significant ocular manifestations of systemic diseases such as Lupus, Fabry’s disease, and Trisomy 21. The resident will become proficient at fitting and evaluating specialty contact lenses, as well as troubleshooting complications which arise from these lenses. The program will encourage the resident to become academically and clinically knowledgeable in advanced anterior segment disease and contact lens fitting, and encourage him/her to share this knowledge as an educator of his/her peers. This fifty-four week experience will allow the resident to gain the skills necessary to distinguish him/herself competitively for any optometry health care job in the marketplace upon graduation, especially within the niche of specialty contact lens fitting.  The program will allow for a supportive environment with appropriate supervision, such that the resident can be comfortable and efficient in a challenging clinical setting.

The resident will train in an OD/MD private practice setting specializing in anterior segment.  He/She will evaluate and manage pre and post-operative cases including corneal transplants, complicated cataract surgeries, pterygium removals, and corneal crosslinking.  He/She will become proficient in scleral, hybrid, and RGP contact lens fitting using conventional methods as well as scleral profiling software. He/She will diagnose, treat, and manage acute and chronic ocular diseases including corneal ulcers, iritis, glaucoma, and diabetic eye disease.  He/She will learn proper medical coding for office visits as well as the process for pre-authorizing medical contact lenses through vision carriers.


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

Resident’s Typical Weekly Schedule*:

Monday: Academic Enrichment

Tuesday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 4:30PM Patient Care

Wednesday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 5:00PM Patient Care

Thursday:  York, PA 8:00AM - 5:00PM Patient Care


1st and 3rd week of month in Towson, MD 7:30AM - 3:30PM Patient Care

2nd, 4th, and 5th week of month in York, PA 8:00AM - 4:30PM Patient Care


*Full day of academic enrichment on Monday and full day patient care on Friday started in February due to feedback from resident requesting 1 full day rather than 2 half days.

After-Hours Expectations

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:

The requirements for residency completion include:

• Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions in a professional manner and remain in clinic until all patients are cared for or the clinic preceptor states otherwise

• Maintain patient care log as assigned (with a minimum of 1200 patient encounters)

• Attend and document all other assigned activities, including in-house clinical, didactic, and scholarly activities

• Complete the required manuscript of publishable quality

• Present a clinical case at PCOSU Resident Day

• Achieve satisfactory performance evaluations

• Complete all assigned evaluations of the residency program and faculty


Completion status is discussed at each of the formal evaluations with the resident, as well as periodically throughout the year.  The residency certificate is released only upon completion of all elements.


Program Salary/Stipend: $40,950
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:

Application Materials and Procedures: 

  • Register and apply through ORMatch

  • Submit the following application materials directly through ORMatch website:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of Interest

  • Official Optometry School Transcripts

  • Three Letters of Recommendation from clinical faculty or supervision doctors in externships

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program, or, scheduled to retake any parts of board that were failed - **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. Sarah Bell) to determine application criteria and interview process**

  • Prior to matriculation, applicants must have attained their Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

  • Residency Applicant must be a United States Citizen

  • Optometric State Licensure in both Pennsylvania and Maryland

Selection Procedure:  

  • Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills.

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

  • Resident candidates will be ranked and assigned according to ORMatch regulations

  • All applicants for educational programs, employment, or in services to the public will be considered without regard to race, color, religious creed, ancestry, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, marital status, genetic status, physical or mental disability or any other characteristic protected by law.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The resident receives a certificate of completion at the end of the residency year.