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Huffman & Huffman Eye Care’s Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Huffman & Huffman Eye Care
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 503 N. Main Street

London, Kentucky 40741
Phone Number: (606) 877-1877
Fax Number: (606) 878-9543
Affiliation: University of Pikeville, Kentucky College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Eilene E. Kinzer, OD, MEd VFL

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2020
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Huffman and Huffman residency program is to provide advanced competency in eye care in the areas of ocular disease and laser procedures while working in a multi-specialty referral center. Upon completion of the program, residents will have developed exceptional skills in the clinical treatment and management of advanced ocular conditions. Residents will also have the opportunity to develop clinical and didactic teaching abilities.

Program Description:

The ocular disease residency program at Huffman and Huffman is a multi-office, co-management based program that provides experience in both anterior and posterior segment ocular disease. The program also offers experience in laser procedures of the anterior segment and specialty contact lenses. Huffman and Huffman provides primary, secondary and tertiary eye care, as the practice often functions as a referral center providing medical and surgical eye care services. Huffman and Huffman has a team of optometrists and ophthalmologists who specialize in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, cornea, glaucoma, and many ocular diseases. The resident will spend time with each of these services, enhancing their clinical abilities in the diagnosis, treatment and management of various ocular conditions, while also learning to perform various optometric laser procedures. Residents will have an opportunity to work with optometry students and be involved in grand rounds. Each resident will be expected to complete a case presentation. Writing a publishable article is not required, but will be encouraged.

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

44 weekly hours and on-call responsibilities


Requirements for Completion:

Grand rounds presentation and poster submission at a regional or national conference

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,000
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: Sarah Huffman Stanifer, Program Co-Coordinator
Telephone: (606) 877-1877
Fax: (606) 878-9543
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Hannah Huffman, Program Co-Coordinator
Telephone: (606) 877-1877
Fax: (606) 878-9543
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Send letter of intent, CV, transcripts, and letters of recommendation directly to ORMatch

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

To be considered for an interview for the HHEC ocular disease residency position, the applicant must have and submit the following: competitive GPA from an accredited college of optometry, college of optometry transcript, 3 letters of recommendation, letter of interest, CV, US citizenship and eligibility for Kentucky state optometric license. To be eligible for admission to the program, it is required that the applicant chosen must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to matriculation.

Once an application is received on ORMatch, it is reviewed by the program’s co-coordinators. One of the program’s residency coordinators extends invitations for in-person interviews to promising candidates. Applicants are asked a series of questions, which will be standard across all interviews in a given year. When interviews are complete, the candidate is ranked on motivation, critical thinking, social skills, teamwork, leadership, self-awareness, and overall fit. The co-coordinators also provide an assessment of the applicant’s clinical case study response, along with any general comments. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, HHEC has decided to first extend an invitation for an online interview, consisting of predetermined questions. The candidates are narrowed down further, and the most desirable candidates are invited to an in-person second interview at HHEC to help assess potential rapport. Finally, the co-coordinators scale candidates considering board scores, optometry school GPA, letters of recommendation, the applicant’s description of the clinical case presented in the interview, the remaining interview, and rapport, which are weighted 15%, 15%, 15%, 10%, 20%, 25%, respectively. The program’s co-coordinators rank the applicants based on their overall score. The resident is selected and notified on ORMatch. It is the policy of Huffman & Huffman Eye Care to ensure equal employment opportunity without discrimination or harassment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, national origin, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law. Huffman & Huffman Eye Care prohibits any such discrimination or harassment.


In summary, candidates must complete these requirements:

  • Application information sent to OR Match website

  • Interview with program director, coordinator, and/or faculty

  • O.D. degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

  • Competitive GPA

  • Eligible for a Kentucky state optometric license

Program Application Deadline: February 1

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