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Residency In Medical Optometry and Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: California Eye Specialists Medical Group, Inc.
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 2619 E. Colorado Blvd., Suite 150

Pasadena, California 91107
Phone Number: (626) 793-4168
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, O.D., FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2019
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this residency program is to provide optometric practitioners with the experience, skills, training, and knowledge necessary to develop advanced competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the eye and visual system.

Program Description:

This 12-month residency program will provide the resident with advanced clinical experiences in the area of ocular disease and medical optometry. The resident will diagnose, treat, and manage a wide range of ocular diseases, including, but not limited to, dry eyes, cataract, glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, neuro-eye disease, and macular degeneration. The resident will have the opportunity to work alongside optometrists and ophthalmologists with subspecialties in glaucoma, corneal disease, oculoplastic, cataract, and retina. The managed care environment will allow the resident to have contact with primary care providers to coordinate patient care. The residency program will include direct patient care, surgical observation, didactic study, scholarly activity, and precepting of student interns.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: August 01
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday - Friday, 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

On-call duties for one week twice a year.

Requirements for Completion:

Residency Paper: The resident is required to write a research paper or case report of publishable quality suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed professional journal.

Optometric Meeting: The resident is required to attend one national optometric educational meeting. The resident will be encouraged to fulfill this requirement by attending the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry.

Patient Care: Patient care must be satisfactory or outstanding with steady improvement throughout the residency, based on preceptor and Residency Coordinator evaluations.

Timely Submission of Required Paperwork: The resident is required to submit all paperwork including the Residency Paper and quarterly evaluations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $46,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Rex Villegas, Director of Medical Optometry
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application Requirements

Note that all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

  • Applicant must have earned an OD degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry.

  • Applicant must have taken and passed Parts I, II, and III of the NBEO, as well as the California licensing exam.

  • The applicant must have a valid CA license to practice optometry, or has met the necessary requirements to have a valid CA license, by August 01.

  • The applicant must register with the Optometry Residency Match program.

  • A personal interview is required. The applicant should contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Rex Villegas) to schedule an appointment for the interview.

  • Required paperwork for residency applicants to be sent to Dr. Rex Villegas, Residency Coordinator:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Letter of intent

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation preferably from instructors who are familiar with your clinical work.

  • Official optometry school transcripts up to the time of your application

  • Official NBEO transcripts

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Process

  1. The Residency Coordinator and faculty members decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and recommendation letters.  Applicants are scored in each category as Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, Above Satisfactory, and Exceptional. Candidates are ranked according to the following categories and weight:

    GPA 20%

    NBEO Scores 20%

    Letters of Recommendation 20%

    Interview 40%

  2. Final candidates’ selections are reviewed by the Assistant Dean of Residencies and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.

  3. ORMatch contacts the Residency Coordinator with the results of the match

  4. The Program Coordinator contacts the matched candidate within 1 week to confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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