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Residency in Vision Rehabilitation, with Emphasis in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Paul Vision Institute
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1613 Military Cutoff Road, Suite 230

Wilmington, North Carolina 28403
Phone Number: 9102566364
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38014, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 05/2020
Accreditation Status: Candidacy Pending

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this residency is to provide advanced training and education in Low Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease through direct patient care, education and research. The Resident will see patients at Paul Vision Institute’s main campus in Wilmington, North Carolina for ocular disease and low vision experience and education. The applicant completes requirements for residency certification with a capstone project.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s examination skills in low vision rehabilitation and ocular disease.G

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of low vision patients.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized low vision assistive devices and non-optical low vision assistive techniques.

Goal 4:  Expand the resident’s knowledge of ocular disease management.

Goal 5:  Develop the resident’s skills in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 6: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Goal 7: Expand the resident's health care knowledge base in the field of rehabilitative vision care.


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

The resident performs direct care in specific areas of low vision rehabilitation and ocular disease management and treatment.

Approximately 15 hours a week direct patient care of Low Vision Rehabilitation.

Approximately 15 hours a week direct patient care of ocular disease treatment and management.

Approximately 10 hours a week in primary care, emergency/urgent eye care or pediatrics as dictated by the semester.

The resident must make one or more didactic presentations to a professional group that may consist of OD, MD and or Residents on a subject approved by their supervisor.

Resident maintains an online Activity Log on each encounter detailing the nature of the patient encounter or educational activity, which is reviewed by the Director of Residencies and Program Supervisor. A statement summarizing the knowledge gained from each encounter is required at the supervisor level.

Residency expectations include participation in an after hour “on-call” rotation to handle emergencies in the related services in consultation with other licensed providers and independent but subject to review by a Supervisor.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor. The resident receives a specific schedule each quarter. Resident's schedule includes approximately 40 hours per week assigned in accordance with those outlined in duties.

  2. The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. The Supervisor, when appropriate, will review cases periodically.

  3. The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research and a thorough literature review, or a clinical case series for publication in an acceptable professional journal.

  4. The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Residents' Weekend, held on campus at SCO.

  5. Resident must perform in a professional manner while engaged in the delivery of patient care services. Professional conduct, proprieties and courtesies must be consistent with the rules and regulations in the PVI handbook.

  6. The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

  7. Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisors and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

  8. Any resident accepted for training may be dismissed without receiving a certificate of completion for infractions of the rules and regulations of Paul Vision Institute and Southern College of Optometry, for failure to meet the requirements set forth in the Residency Handbook and program description or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

Program Salary/Stipend: The stipend is $40,000 which will be paid on a bi-monthly basis. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Dental and vision insurance; FICA; clinic coats; 5 days of academic/professional leave, 10 days of personal leave, and 8 days of holiday leave.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Edward L. Paul
Telephone: 9102566364
Fax: 910-256-6617
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38014, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application. All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

  1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program.

B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.

E. A personal interview will be required.

F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.

All applicants selected for admission must sign a standard residency contract.

Program Application Deadline: January 30

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