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Program Title: Primary Care/ Ocular Disease
Program Type: Ocular Disease, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S. Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone Number: 312-949-7283
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA (

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1987
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Providing Advanced Competency Training in Primary Eye Care and Ocular Disease through Education, Scholarship and Patient Care.

Program Description:

This accredited 53-week program provides the framework to achieve advanced competency in primary care and ocular disease through intensive clinical training in both patient care and educational activities. The program emphasizes the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, as well as the co-management of oculo-systemic disease, in an excellent multi-disciplinary setting. Residents provide care in the Illinois Eye Institute's Primary Care, Neuro-ophthalmic, Vitreo-retinal, Glaucoma, Emergency and after hours on-call services. Rotations through Cornea and Contact Lens, Pediatrics, Low Vision and Comprehensive Ophthalmology services may also be arranged. Residents are given the opportunity to expand leadership and communication skills through Grand Rounds case presentations, journal club, resident conferences, vision screenings, classroom instruction and formal lectures. Residents are encouraged to attend national education programs such as the American Academy of Optometry and American Optometric Association meetings. To achieve the goal of providing superior post-doctoral clinical training, the resident's activities are supervised by residency trained clinical faculty as well as consulting ophthalmologists. Supervision of third and fourth year clinicians will further enhance the resident's diagnostic and therapeutic skills. This enables the resident to develop the complex skills necessary to practice optometry at its highest level.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 5
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident participates in the following rotations: 1. Primary Care Service (12-20 hours/week) 2. Emergency Service (4 hours/week) 3. Retina/Neuro/Advanced Glaucoma (8-12 hours/week, rotating quarterly) 4. Faculty Conference (1-2 hours/week) 5. Residents' Conferences (2-3 hours/week) 6. Personal Development (4 hours/week) Rotations through the Cornea/Contact Lens, Binocular Vision/Pediatrics, Low Vision Services or Comprehensive Ophthalmology Services may be arranged at the resident's request (4 hrs/week).

Requirements for Completion:

1. Attendance at all clinical assignments 2. Successful completion of clinical learning objectives 3. Attendance and participation at Faculty Conference/Grand Rounds Series 4. Attendance and participation at regularly scheduled conferences 5. Attendance and participation at course work related to clinical teaching and lecturing 6. A written paper of publishable quality, completed by the end of the residency period

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,670
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: Heather McLeod, OD
Telephone: 312-949-7283
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1.Contact Dr. Heather McLeod,, 312-949-7283 declaring your interest in applying. 2.Assemble a packet that contains your: (a) Curriculum vitae; (b) NBEO scores; (c) Optometry school transcripts and ; (d) Brief statement of interest. Applicants are encouraged to take part three of NBEO prior to January so results may be available at the interview. 3.Submit the above materials to the program coordinator prior to January 15. If mail is used, the address is ICO,3241 S. MIchigan Ave., Chicago, IL 60616 4.Arrange for three (3) letters of recommendation to be forwarded to the program coordinator before January 15. 5.Register with ORMatch 6.Arrangements for on-campus interviews will be made. 7.After completing the interview process, complete the Applicant's Program Ranking List. The list must be submitted on or before the close of business (5 PM CST) on the deadline date to be decided by ORMatch.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must have earned an O.D. degree by the time of matriculation from an accredited school or college of optometry and licensure in the state of Illinois is required. An on-campus interview is an integral part of the application process. All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion, national origin or non-disqualifying disabilities. The application information and on-campus interview aide the selection procedure.

Program Application Deadline: January 15

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