New Search

Primary Care/ Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
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:

Heather McLeod OD (

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1987
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Click here for more information about accreditation of optometric residency programs.

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 (8-20 hours/week) 2. Emergency Service (4 hours/week) 3. Retina/Neuro/Advanced Glaucoma (8-20 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: Harneet Randhawa, OD
Telephone: 312-949-7419
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application is through the ORMatch

1. Visit ORMatch web site and submit your application.

2. Contact the program coordinator (Dr. Harneet Randhawa,, 312-949-7419) declaring your interest in applying. If mailing use the ICO address, 3241 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Il. 60616.

3..Applicants are encouraged to take part three of NBEO prior to January so results may be available at the interview.

4. Arrangements for an on-site interview will be made.

5. After completing the interview process, complete the ORMatch Applicant's Ranking Form.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The applicant must, prior to matriculation, have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. Application information and an on-campus interview are used for the selection procedure.


Program Application Deadline: January 15

Additional Comments