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Dimock Center Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Community Health Optometry
Program Site: The Dimock Center
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Eye Care Service
55 Dimock Street
Roxbury, Massachusetts 02119
Phone Number: (617) 442-8800 x 1232
Fax Number:
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Community Health Optometry at Dimock Center is to provide the resident with advanced clinical training and experience in the delivery of optometric care in an interdisciplinary, primary care setting. Emphasis is placed on community health and the development of the optometrist as a member of a multi-disciplinary health and human service team.

Program Description:

The residency at The Dimock Center is a diverse program which involves contact lenses, pediatrics, low vision, and ocular disease with certain days focusing on ophthalmology and tertiary care. The resident is responsible for clinical instruction/precepting of 2nd, 3rd, and 4th year optometry interns. Weekly case reviews and journal club with the student interns are also held. Independent research and case presentations at Grand Rounds are required as well as publishable quality cases and or independent research. The Dimock Center is one of several community health center residency programs offered nationally, within which it allows for a substantial amount of collaboration between health care providers. Included in the health center is a rehabilitation and youth care center, as well as a large scale primary and pediatric care unit. This residency will not only permit the candidate to develop a diverse set of clinical skills but will also allow the resident to experience health care from a truly multi-disciplinary perspective 

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

The program consists of direct patient care, clinical teaching and supervision, specialty service co-management and observation, and community outreach. In addition the resident will conduct several in-service seminars to Dimock staff and interns, coordinate the intern seminar series, participate in NECO residency conferences and become a team member of the provider staff to help facilitate the clinic. The resident will also be required to complete a journal caliber case report, design and complete a clinical research project and complete a public health project of publishable quality. The residency program is designed to spend approximately 40 hours per week, not including studies and research. The schedule is outlined below. This schedule may change based on the needs of the program or the clinic.

Typical Weekly Schedule: 

Monday: Contact Lens Clinic at Fenway Community Health Center AM and PM(first half of program), Greater Boston Vision Screenings and Research and Professional Development at Dimock (second half of program)

Tuesday: Primary Patient Care AM Ophthalmology Clinic PM

Wednesday: Primary Care Clinic AM; Pediatric specialty clinic PM and Evening 

Thursday: Primary Care Clinic & Time to discuss projects, patients and research (first half of program) Research (second half of program)

Friday: Low Vision Clinic AM and PM (first half of program) Primary and Pediatric Clinic & Research (second half of program)

Requirements for Completion:

A. The resident should demonstrate clinical competency in all areas of the optometric examination, as evaluated by the residency supervisors and should consistently practice in accordance with established clinical standards of care. B. The resident is required to keep a detailed electronic log of all program activities as well as an electronic patient care log. C. The resident is required to complete a paper of publishable quality based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case. D. The resident is required to complete all activities outlined in Section III of the NECO website program description. E. The resident is required to complete program evaluations and the NECO residency exit survey. F. The resident is expected to conduct him/herself in a professional manner and to observe standards of behavior and conduct in accordance with guidelines established by The Dimock Center and NECO. Periodic performance evaluations of the resident will be conducted by the clinical faculty and reviewed with the resident. Upon evidence of satisfactory completion of all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a certificate of completion by NECO and The Dimock Center.

Program Salary/Stipend: $50,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Tuition waiver of NECO CE courses
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Nicole Pogue, O.D., Director of Eye Care Services
Telephone: (617) 442-8800 x 1232
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants should submit the following materials in a timely manner: -Current curriculum vitae -Letter of intent -Official optometry school transcripts -Official NBEO scores -3 letters of recommendation

Application instructions can be obtained from the ORMatch Service (ORMatch). 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application instructions can be obtained from the ORMatch Service (ORMatch). and from Dr. Nicole Pogue, Director of Eye Care Services. The application information will include the following: 1. Letter of intent/career objectives 2. Current Curriculum Vitae 3. Official optometry school transcripts 4. Official copies of NBEO results 5. Three letters of recommendation/evaluation including at least two from fourth year clinical instructors, at least one of which is in a primary care optometric setting. 6. A personal interview is strongly encouraged.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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