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NECO Center for Eye Care and Affiliates Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: New England College of Optometry Center for Eye Care and Affiliates
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: New England College of Optometry Center for Eye Care-Commonwealth
930 Commonwealth Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02215
Phone Number: 617-587-5642
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: 7/1996
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses at the New England College of Optometry is to produce optometrists with extensive clinical expertise in advanced contact lens fitting and management, diagnosis and management of ocular surface abnormalities and disease, and co-management in corneal and refractive surgery. Through advanced clinical education, teaching assignments and opportunities for scholarly activity, residents will be prepared for leadership careers in clinical eye care, optometric education, and clinical research.

Program Description:

The NECO Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses is a diverse program which includes clinical, teaching, and scholarly activities. The main focus of the program is direct patient care conducted at several clinical sites in the Boston area. These sites emphasize specialty contact lenses, refractive surgery, and corneal disease management. Residents also have teaching assignments in the contact lens laboratory course, contact lens clinic, and workshops. Scholarly activity is expected, with a paper and presentation due by the end of the residency year.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

A typical week consists of approximately 40-50 hours of clinical and teaching activities at various sites. Clinic assignments run Monday through Friday. Each resident takes after hour calls for one week intervals every five weeks.

Requirements for Completion:

  • The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities, which will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the Director of Residencies. The log will include patient demographics, services provided, and level of involvement in the care of the patient. The completed log must be submitted to the Program Coordinator every three months and at the end of the residency year.

  • The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a satisfactory level at all clinical sites as determined by the clinical supervisors / preceptors.

  • The resident is required to write a paper suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. The paper should be based upon a suitable clinical case or the resident's original research project. The initial draft of the paper is due April 1 to the Program Coordinator. The final paper is due by June 30.

  • The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those properties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing each clinical facility at which the resident is assigned.

  • The resident will be evaluated periodically by clinical faculty and informed of recommendations or suggestions made to enhance performance. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the College. 

Program Salary/Stipend: $43,894
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Waiver of tuition for NECO CE courses
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Anita Gulmiri, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 617-587-5642
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates apply through ORMatch and should submit the following: letter of intent, curriculum vitae, official optometry school transcripts, and 3 letters of recommendation. Once all materials are received, the selection committee will determine which applicants will be invited for interviews.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must graduate from an ACOE accredited school of optometry and must have passed all parts of the National Board examinations prior to the start of the residency year. Candidates must also be eligible for licensure in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Candidates must be able to complete a full 12-month program.  Applications are reviewed by a selection committee comprised of the residency coordinator and two residency faculty. Desirable candidates are invited for personal interviews. Following the interview process, candidates are ranked by the committee.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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