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DotHouse Health Residency in Primary Care Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Community Health Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: DotHouse Health
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1353 Dorchester Avenue

Dorchester, Massachusetts 02122
Phone Number: 617-288-3230 x 2214
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: 07/1995
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency's mission is to provide comprehensive training for one graduate optometrist in the delivery of comprehensive primary eye care services in a multi-disciplinary setting to the general population of Boston's Dorchester neighborhood. There is emphasis on increased access to care and community health initiatives that target underserved and at-risk populations.

Program Description:

The program is based in a Boston neighborhood health care facility within a state of the art eye care center. Enhanced primary eye care and health care training and co-management of diseases involve participation in a multidisciplinary team and interdisciplinary interaction. The curriculum is well rounded and includes 4 days/week of direct patient care, rotations through pediatrics and internal medicine, community outreach and research as well as elective external rotations, journal club and scholarly activities determined by mutual agreement.

The Eye Care Service is a busy primary eye care practice housed in a state of the art Eye Care Center. Its providers serve several thousand Dorchester residents each year. The DotHouse Health's long standing affiliations with the New England College of Optometry and Boston Medical Center have helped assure that the providers, residents, students and staff are well trained in all aspects of primary care delivery. This state of the art training is combined with an extraordinarily diverse patient base. A commitment to clinical and educational excellence is a top priority. Patients receive the highest, most comprehensive eye care available, as evidenced by both a steady influx of new patients and regular return of previous patients. Eye Care providers are regularly involved in continuing education and consultation with colleagues in search of better techniques and practical knowledge. Monthly in-service eye seminars and specialty clinics emphasize relevant clinical issues and train providers in oral case presentations.

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


Monday:        AM: Pediatric Outreach Screenings in Fall/Patient care in Spring

                       PM: Patient care

Tuesday:      Patient Care: AM, PM or Ophthalmology (once monthly)

Weds:            Patient Care AM, Precepting PM, Pediatric resident's meeting in PM 

Thursday:     Patient Care: AM and PM

Friday:           Patient Care: AM and PM (external rotation in fall, currently a low vision rotation)

Requirements for Completion:

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

2. To 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. To attend all formal NECO residency conferences and any other designated educational programs that have been selected by mutual agreement.

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

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

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

7. To 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


Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Lindsay Braun O.D., Director of Eye Care Services
Telephone: 617-288-3230 x 2214
Fax: 617-288-3428
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Please apply through ORMatch

Application Materials:

-Current curriculum vitae

-Letter of intent

-Official optometry school transcripts

-Official NBEO scores

-3 letters of recommendation

For more information please contact Lindsay Braun, OD, FAAO Tel. (617) 288-3230 x 2214 or

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

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

  • Successful completion of National Boards Parts I, II and III prior to start of residency

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

  • Applicants must be available for a virtual interview if an in-person interview is not feasible.

  • Candidates must apply through ORMatch:  www.natmatch/ormatch

The DotHouse Health and New England College of Optometry are equal opportunity employers. They do not and will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, national origin, age, disability, handicap, genetics or veteran status.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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