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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: Specialty Eye Institute
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1116 West Ganson

Jackson, Michigan 49202
Phone Number: 517-782-9436
Fax Number: 517-782-5166
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: 07/2001
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency Program in Ocular Disease at Specilty Eye Institute of Michigan provides a superior optometric graduate with an advanced clinical and didactic experience in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease, as well as the assessment and management of refractive surgery patients. Upon completion of the program, individuals will be qualified to deliver the highest level of patient care, make significant contributions to education and to the profession of optometry.

Program Description:

The residency program at Specilty Eye Institute offers advanced clinical and didactic experience for the optometric graduate. The program focuses on diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease in addition to assessment and management of refractive surgery patients. Specilty Eye Institute is a large private organization comprised of eight offices in Michigan that include facilities for medical/surgical centers and refractive surgery. Opportunities exist for the resident to gain experience in a number of specialty areas while providing care to at least 2,000 patients at Specilty Eye Institute.

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 resident provides care in various specialty clinics, such as cornea, glaucoma, cataracts, retina/vitreous and refractive surgery. Approximately four hours per week are spent on research, development and/or organization of a patient study. In addition, the resident is required to participate in research or write a paper of publishable quality and participate in annual educational programs for SEI staff.

Requirements for Completion:

The residency encourages scholarly activities. Clinical instruction of externs and oral presentations to peer audiences is expected. The resident is also expected to complete a manuscript of publishable quality or present a scientific poster (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year. All program-specific completion requirements must be met, along with attendance requirements, satisfactory clinical and professional achievements, and the completion of all periodic written evaluations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,000
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: Angela Cumming, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 517-782-9436
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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