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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: NSUOCO
1001 N Grand Ave
Tahlequah, Oklahoma 74464
Phone Number: (918) 444 - 4020
Fax Number: (918) 458 - 9603
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established:
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:

This program provides the resident with an opportunity to gain clinical experience and expertise in one or more areas of specialization within primary care optometry. A unique aspect of the Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry Family Practice residency is that the resident participates in creating a clinic schedule to satisfy personal needs and interests. Residents typically choose to pursue one primary clinical interest and one or two secondary clinical interests. Clinics include:

  • Ocular Disease Diagnosis and Management , including:

  •      Emergency Ocular Services

  •      Surgical Procedures

  •      Laser Therapy for the Anterior Segment

  • Contact Lenses

  • Pediatrics

  • Vision Therapy/Neuro-optometric rehabilitation

  • Vision Rehabilitation/Geriatrics

  • Primary Vision Care

The residents provide patient care at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital and NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry (NSUOCO) in Tahlequah, and occasionally provide patient care in the NSUOCO Rural Eye Program at clinics in Cherokee Nation outpatient facilities throughout northeast Oklahoma.   Residents also provide evening and weekend emergency room eye care at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital  approximately one week per month and need to be within 15 minutes of the hospital while on call.

In addition to providing direct patient care, residents participate in grand rounds, ophthalmological observation, and hospital rotations. A regularly scheduled residency seminar promotes literature review and study. Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists, and other health care providers.  A publishable quality research paper, literature review, or case report, and paper presentation is required and publication is encouraged.


Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week plus approximately 1 week/ month evening and weekend emergency room eye care at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital. Didactic resident seminars, attendance of continuing education, and research may lengthen the weekly hours of duties.



Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for successful program completion and awarding of the Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competence are: 1. Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report) 2. Patient Encounter Logs with encounter types 3. Residency Activity Logs 4. Completed exit evaluations (Evaluation of Clinical Supervisors, Evaluation of Residency Program Supervisor, Evaluation of NSUOCO Residency Director, and Residency Program Evaluation) 5. Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease, 6. Oklahoma Optometry  license

Program Salary/Stipend: $30,000/ year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Alissa Proctor, OD FAAO
Telephone: (918) 444 - 4020
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Register and Apply on ORMatch (

2. Upload the following documentation to ORMatch:

  • a. Statement of interest/cover letter discussing - Why you are interested in pursuing a residency - What you hope to gain from a residency - What your plans are after you complete a residency

  • b. Curriculum Vitae or Resume - Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average) - List of Honors, Awards - Professional Memberships - Research Projects and Publication - Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience - Employment - Community Service - Other Professional Experiences 

  • c. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Recommendation letters must be signed and be on letterhead.

  • d. An official copy of your optometry school transcripts.

  • e. Please provide an unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies.

3.  Fill out and submit the NSUOCO Application to the ORMatch Supplemental Materials section:   (

4. Arrange an interview, once offered. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. 

If you have any questions about the application process, please contact either Pam Jackson ( or the Director of Residencies, Dr.Carolyn Majcher ( Additional information is available online at or by contacting Dr. Alissa Proctor, Residency Supervisor (

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Residency applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry and must have successfully completed Part I, Part II, and Part III of the NBEO examination by July 1 of the residency year. Grade-point average, NBEO scores, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews are taken into account when considering applications. Persons applying to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry affiliated residency programs must apply to ORMatch at and to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. ORMatch and NSUOCO deadlines are January 31st.   All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st

Additional Comments

MISSION, GOALS and OBJECTIVES Mission The mission of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise. Goal A Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in the areas of primary care optometry selected by the resident. Objectives: Provide you a minimum of 1200 patient encounters Provide you exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within your areas of emphasis Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers Allow you to participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students Goal B Stimulate scholarly development. Objectives: Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc. Stimulate life-long learning by keeping you active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature Allow you to attend continuing education courses Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program Goal C Stimulate a commitment to service. Objective: Enhance your active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations

For more information, please contact Alissa Proctor OD FAAO, Residency Supervisor:

NSUOCO is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status.