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Residency in Ocular Disease at Gainesville Eye Associates

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Gainesville Eye Associates
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 2061 Beverly Road

Gainesville, Georgia 30501
Phone Number: 7705324444
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.

Director, Residency Programs

Southern College of Optometry

1245 Madison Avenue

Memphis, TN  38104

(901) 722-3201

Email :

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2020
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency in Ocular Disease at Gainesville Eye Associates will provide additional, extensive training in the area of ocular disease in a multi-specialty practice for eyecare. 

Program Description:

Goal 1: To acquire advanced competency in caring for patients who need cataract surgery

Goal 2: To become competent in the diagnosis and management of age-related macular degeneration

Goal 3: To become competent in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease 

Goal 4: To become competent in the diagnosis and management of dry eye disease 

Goal 5: To become competent in the diagnosis and management of glaucoma

Goal 6:  Expand the resident’s knowledge of systemic diseases and the appropriate treatment plan

Goal 7: Expand the resident’s knowledge of specialized diagnostic procedures and instrumentation


Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: June 27, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Most office hours are 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.  Doctors are generally expected to arrive at the time a patient is scheduled and expected to remain on premises until the last patient leaves.  Most days will include a 30-60 minute break from patient care for lunch.  Saturday hours will not be routinely required. Being ‘on call’, which is rotated among the staff ODs and MDs, may create Saturday hours. The resident will be expected to rotate with the ODs and MDs approximately every 3 months. Within this framework, most weeks will include 40 hours, but occasionally as many as 50 hours.

Residents at Gainesville Eye Associates are expected to rotate with other doctors in the practice in taking call for patients.   

The on-call resident will provide the appropriate level of service indicated for the urgent or emergency patient.  Many calls will be handled simply via phone; some may require an after-hours office visit; some may require that the resident obtain assistance from one of the surgeons in the group, e.g. in case in hospital privileges are required.

The resident’s independent responsibilities for “on call” status will begin 30 days after initially beginning the program, but only if he/she is licensed in the state of Georgia at that time.  Prior to obtaining a license and/or during the first 30 days of the residency, the resident may be asked to take call as a staff member whose responsibilities include patient triage via phone as a preliminary step to obtaining assistance for the patient via on-call doctor.

The resident should also be prepared to be the back-up doctor on-call, as well as provide substitute coverage for doctors who are on vacation or otherwise unavailable.

Requirements for Completion:

A. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor of GEA, as well as the Director of Residency Programs, and the administration of Southern College of Optometry. 

B. The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Residency Supervisor and the Director of the Residency Programs at SCO will periodically review patient contacts.

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

D. The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at GEA, and provide an oral presentation on campus at SCO in June of their residency year.

E. The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of professional care services and to observe the proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing GEA.

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

G. The Residency Supervisor and the Director of the Residency Program will recommend the granting of certification to the resident through the office of the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry upon successful completion of the Residency Program at GEA.

H. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed by GEA, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infraction of the rules and regulations of Gainesville Eye Associates, or those set forth by Southern College of Optometry, or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel or physical facilities.

A resident rotating through a hospital-based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations.  In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date.  A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate.  Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility.  Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.

Program Salary/Stipend: A residency stipend of $40,000 will be provided for the 53 weeks of training.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Travel Allowance

Other: Travel and continuing education expenses of $1,000 will be given to attend meetings if the resident decides to attend an accredited eye care educational event. LEAVE BENEFITS Leave benefits include time off for major holidays plus ten days (80 hours) over the 53 week period of the residency program. All leave is subject to approval of the program supervisor.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Elizabeth Ellison, Supervisor
Telephone: 7705324444
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.

Director, Residency Programs

Southern College of Optometry

1245 Madison Avenue

Memphis, TN  38104

(901) 722-3201

Email :

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.

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

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.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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