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Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease at the University of Chicago Department of Ophthalmology

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: University of Chicago, Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 5841 S Maryland Ave, MC2114

Chicago, Illinois 60637
Phone Number: 773-834-8238
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: 10/2020
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Offering advanced clinical training in ocular diagnosis and management through patient care, education, and scholarship.

Program Description:

A 53-week hospital-based optometric residency at the University of Chicago providing advanced clinical training in ocular disease diagnosis and management. This residency involves a unique opportunity to train in a collaborative optometry/ophthalmology clinical setting. The resident will learn the intricacies of systemic based eye care and the importance of communication among medical specialties. Clinical experience will include adult and pediatric ocular disease, consult/urgent care, and rotations with ophthalmology sub-specialists. Additional education will be provided through weekly grand rounds, didactic lectures, symposiums, and journal clubs. 

Residents completing the program will gain the necessary experience to:

  • Pursue professional and multi-disciplinary opportunities requiring a high-level of expertise in medical eye care.

  • Serve as educators and researchers in academic settings.

  • Serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the area of ocular disease management.



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

The resident will participate in the following rotations:

  • Adult Ocular Disease (20 hours/week)

  • Pediatric Ocular Disease (8 hours/week)

  • Consult/Urgent Care (4 hours/week)

  • Ophthalmology Sub-Specialty (4-5 hours/week, rotating quarterly)

  • Optometry Seminar (1-2 hours/week)

  • Ophthalmology Grand Rounds (1 hour/week)

  • Personal Development (3-4 hours/week)

The resident will provide outpatient urgent/consult coverage during business hours. The resident will also have the opportunity to work alongside the consult ophthalmology resident during inpatient rounds.

The University of Chicago has a full complement of OMD sub-specialists. The resident will able to customize their sub-specialty rotations, choosing from: Glaucoma, Retina, Cornea, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Pediatrics, and Oculoplastics.

There are no after hour on-call responsibilities.


Education will be provided through weekly grand rounds, didactic, lectures, symposiums, and journal clubs.

  • Weekly Optometry Seminars

  • Weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

  • Quarterly Resident Education Events at ICO


Requirements for Completion:

  • Successful completion of all clinical assignments

  • Attendance and participation at weekly education conferences

  • A written paper of publishable quality, completed by the end of the residency period

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000 per year
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: Pathik Amin, Coordinator
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 (Pathik Amin, OD at declaring your interest in applying.

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 interview will be made.

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

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must graduate from an accredited school or college of optometry prior to matriculation and must be eligible for licensure in Illinois. All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: January 15

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