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Eye Associates of New Mexico Optometry Resident Program

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Eye Associates of New Mexico
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 8801 Horizon Blvd
Suite 260
Albuquerque, New Mexico 87113
Phone Number: (505) 670-8712
Fax Number: (866) 784-3083
Affiliation: Arizona College of Optometry, Midwestern University
Director of Residency Education:

Laura Addy, OD, FAAO

Director of Residencies

Midwestern University Eye Institute

5865 W Utopia Rd.

Glendale, AZ  85308

(623) 806.7267 

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Eye Associates of New Mexico Optometric Residency Program is to provide qualified post-doctoral optometry graduates with an advanced educational experience focused on primary eye care and ocular disease management in a private practice setting working closely with ophthalmology. Each resident will graduate from this program with a deep understanding of full-scope patient care with the knowledge and skills to care for the current change in demographics of our nation. This program will provide a solid foundation for providing medical eye care that includes retinal conditions, glaucoma and anterior segment disease. Emphasis will be placed on the use of current technology to care for macular degeneration, diabetes, glaucoma and cataracts.

Program Description:

The vision of the program is to foster an attitude of life long learning that will continue to guide residents beyond the completion of the program, promoting patient centered clinicians who are capable of providing high quality and safe optometric services. Residents will receive clinical and didactic training that will insure the development of advanced competencies in eye, vision, and health care. Residents will be exposed to both medical and surgical eye care and have he opportunity to observe various eye surgeries and actively participate in the pre and post-operative care.

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

Eighty regularly scheduled hours every two weeks. The resident will be on a flex schedule with one weekday off during each two week period. The resident will also participate in being on call over at least four weekends during the course of the residency.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate:

* The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program activities, which will be reviewed by the AZCOPT Dean of Academic Affairs, the AZCOPT Director of Residencies and the Residency Coordinators.

* The resident is required to provide patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory to the Residency Coordinators and faculty, in line with the highest levels of current optometric standards of practice.

* The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case or cases suitable for publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal. A topic for the case report or research project must be selected by October 1st; the abstract of the case report or research project is due on December 1st; the 1st and 2nd draft of the paper will be submitted by March 2nd and May 1st respectively; and the final paper is due on July 1st.

* The resident is expected to deliver patient care services in a professional manner and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesy that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing AZCOPT and the EANM.

* Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Residency Completion.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000
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: Timothy Johnson, Dr.
Telephone: (505) 670-8712
Fax: (866) 784-3083
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Jason Koschmeder, Dr.
Fax: (866) 784-3083
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:


* A completed application must be submitted to the Optometric Residency Matching Services, Inc. (ORMS) no later than February 1 of the year during which the applicant is applying for a residency.

* ORMS applications require three letters of recommendation. The following are suggestions of the appropriate individuals to compose the letters of reference:

     1. Clinical Director of the school of college of optometry from which the applicant has graduated or will graduate

     2. Internal and external faculty members who have been responsible of the clinical education of the applicant

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure:

* The Residency Coordinators evaluate all completed applications prior to ORMS match day.

* The Residency Coordinators rank the candidates using a systematic process based on the quality of the applicants' credentials as well as personal and professional characteristics.

* The ranking order will be identified by the Residency Coordinators and provided to the ORMS.

* The name of the matching applicant will be provided to the AZCOPT Residency Advisory Committee by way of the Director of Residencies who will then make a recommendation for appointment of the selected applicant.

* The matched applicant is then offered a written contract from EANM for the residency position.

* Once selected, an applicant is required to apply for the EANM optometry resident position. It is mandatory that the resident complete a pre-employment physical and TB testing.

* EANM maintains the right of refusal of any candidate.

Admissions Eligibility Criteria:

* Applicants must have earned an OD degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) prior to the beginning of the residency program.

* Applicants must furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education.

* Applicant must have taken and passed all applicable parts of the NBEO examinations, including the TMOD, and furnish the EANM Residency Program with official copies of the results.

* Applicants must provide a letter of intent when applying, including a statement of goals they hope to achieve during the residency program.

* Applicants must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in New Mexico and apply for the New Mexico State Optometry Board exam which is administered every August.

* An interview is mandatory either in person or via telephone. A personal interview, although not required, is strongly encouraged.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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