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NECO Center for Eye Care and Affiliates Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: NECO Center for Eye Care and Affiliates
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 424 Beacon Street

Boston, Massachusetts 02115
Phone Number: (617) 587-5752
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: 07/1997
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry at the New England College of Optometry is to provide a comprehensive, post-doctoral clinical education program, of the highest quality in Pediatric Optometry. The program will prepare the Residents for lifelong success and future leadership roles in pediatric optometric care, scholarship, teaching, and research within the clinical specialty of Pediatric Optometry.

Program Description:

This greater Boston-based program offers two qualified graduate optometrists advanced clinical training in urban primary care settings with strong emphasis on pediatrics and the management of a wide range of binocular and accommodative problems, strabismus and amblyopia. This intensive clinical program will be supplemented by exposure to relevant clinical teaching and research assignments in conjunction with expert mentors and attendance at regional and national conferences. The residents will participate in curriculum planning in order to meet their goals and objectives. The residents must complete a publishable paper and attend 4 NECO residency conferences.

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

The Resident is assigned 80% to 90% of the time to direct patient care activities. These assignments are based at the NECO Center for Eye Care practices, but include dedicated time at additional sites, including clinics based at schools, hospitals, and community health centers. The Resident's assignments will average 40 hours per week. The hours will be scheduled Monday through Friday and may include Saturdays. One half day per week will be designated as research and personal development time. The residents will be on call approximately one week per month for the NECO Center for Eye Care.

Requirements for Completion:

1. The resident will attend all scheduled clinic sessions as assigned, complete program related assignments and demonstrate professional conduct at all times.

2. The resident will demonstrate the appropriate clinical skills, expertise, and progress commensurate with the program's mission, goals, and objectives.

3. The resident will attend all formal NECO residency conferences and any other designated educational programs during the year.

4. The resident will complete a scholarly project on subjects to be determined by mutual agreement with the Program Director and submit the corresponding manuscript to the Program Director by the end of the residency year.

5. The resident will maintain an accurate patient log and activity log during the residency year.

6. The resident will complete all program and preceptor evaluations and questionnaires as required in a timely manner.

Program Salary/Stipend: $43,894
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: Nicole Quinn, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: (617) 587-5752
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants apply through National Matching Services, Inc. ORMatch (Optometric Residency Match). Please visit the ORMatch website at for application materials and other information.

REQUIRED APPLICATION MATERIALS INCLUDE: * Letter of Intent/Career Objectives * Curriculum Vitae * Three Letters of Recommendation * NBEO Scores * Official optometry School Transcripts. Qualified applicants may be invited to an interview with program faculty which is typically held in February. Interviews may occur virtually this year due to travel restrictions related to COVID-19.   

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must be graduates of an ACOE accredited college of optometry. Applicants apply through ORMatch. Please visit the NMS Website at: for application materials and other information.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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