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Massachusetts Eye and Ear Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 243 Charles Street

Boston, Massachusetts 20114
Phone Number: (617) 573-4296
Fax Number:
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 7/2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometric Residency Program in Ocular Disease and Cornea/Contact Lenses at the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary is to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, contact lenses, and vision rehabilitation. The residency will provide wide ranging opportunities for complementary didactic activity, interprofessional relationships, and clinical scholarship. Through patient exposure, experience, and mentoring, the resident will be prepared for high level clinical decision making.

Program Description:

The program consists of five rotations through the following subspecialties at MEEI: Contact Lens, Cornea/Refractive Surgery, Oculoplastics, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Vision Rehabilitation; also there will be time spent in the Emergency Room. Additionally, the resident is expected to attend lectures and grand rounds with the ophthalmology residents, as well as optional other lectures, journal clubs, etc.

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

40-50 hours of direct clinical care combined with grand rounds and lectures

Requirements for Completion:

1. Attend all scheduled clinic sessions as assigned (not including excused absences) and demonstrate appropriate professional conduct at all times.

2. Demonstrate the necessary clinical skills, expertise and progress, as well as the appropriate professional attitudes commensurate with the program's mission, goals and objectives.

3. Attend all formal NECO residency conferences and any other designated educational programs that have been selected by mutual agreement.

4. Complete a scholarship project and submit the corresponding manuscript to the program director by the end of the residency year.

5. Maintain an accurate Patient Log of all patients seen during the residency.

6. Maintain an Activities Log of all non-clinical activities during the residency.

7. Complete all NECO program and preceptor evaluations and questionnaires as required in a timely manner.

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Tuition waiver for NECO CE programs
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Amy Watts, O.D., Residency Supervisor
Telephone: (617) 573-4296
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Current curriculum vitae 2. Letter of intent 3. Official optometry school transcripts 4. Official NBEO scores 5. Three letters of recommendation

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1. Applicants must be graduates of an ACOE accredited college of optometry.

2. Successful completion of National Boards Parts I, II and III.

3. Applicants must be eligible for optometric licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts at the earliest opportunity.

4. Applicants must be available for a personal interview.

5. Applicants apply through National Matching Services, Inc. ORMatch (Optometric Residency Match).           

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Additional Comments

The Harvard Medical School Department of Ophthalmology at MEEI is dedicated to excellence in the clinical care of patients, expanding the bounds of research, and the training of future professionals and leaders in the eye care profession. The specialists and sub-specialists at MEEI are high caliber professionals providing leadership, educational training, and high level clinical care. Many doctors simultaneously work in clinical and basic science research while also attending to clinical patients, lecturing, and academic pursuits. The environment at the hospital is educational and encourages current and lifelong learning to all clinicians and researchers.