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Residency in Refractive and Ocular Surgery/Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Anterior Segment
Program Site: Oklahoma Medical Eye Group (OMEG)
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Oklahoma Medical Eye Group (OMEG)
244 South Gateway Place #401
Jenks, Oklahoma 74037
Phone Number: (918) 747-2020
Fax Number: (918) 747-2056
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Carolyn Majcher, OD

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2005
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the OMEG Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Refractive and Ocular Surgery is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with a strong emphasis placed on pre- and post-operative care and the appropriate use of topical and systemic medications as well as other modalities in the treatment of ocular disease, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:


The OMEG Resident’s patient care activities typically involve ocular disease consults from referring optometrists and primary care physicians as well as periā€operative surgical care and refractive surgery consults. Residents perform laser therapies and minor surgical procedures regularly.


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

Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week plus some on-call duties. Call is shared between the resident, staff optometrists and ophthalmologists. The resident covers calls about every third week at OMEG with a back-up physician available for consultation. 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: Jason Ellen OD, Director OMEG
Telephone: (918) 747-2020
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. 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 Brittany Mason ( or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Carolyn Majcher ( Additional information is available online at or by contacting Dr. Jason Ellen, 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, Part III and TMOD 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. Additional information is available at Director of Residencies Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry 1001 North Grand AvenueTahlequah, OK 74464-7017   All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Mission: The mission of the OMEG Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Refractive and Ocular Surgery is to provide post-graduate optometrists advanced clinical training and scholarly activities with emphasis in ocular disease and refractive surgery. Upon completion of the program, residents will have advanced clinical competence enabling them to be successful in professional opportunities requiring a high level of clinical and scholarly expertise.

Goal A: Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in ocular disease and refractive surgery.


  1. Provide the resident a large number of patient encounters (2,000 minimum).

  2. Provide the resident exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within ocular disease with emphasis on secondary and tertiary care of the patient including consultations from referring optometrists and primary health care providers, as well as advanced treatment including the use of ocular laser therapy and minor surgical procedures.

  3. Provide the resident an increasing responsibility to evaluate, educate, consult and co-manage refractive surgery patients beyond that of an entry-level practitioner including performing PRK and PTK if desired.

  4. Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers for systemic disease evaluation and treatment. 

  5. Allow the resident to participate in the clinical supervision and education of optometry students, externs and first year primary care medical residents.

Goal B: Stimulate scholarly development in the resident..


  1. Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, community lectures, etc.

  2. Stimulate life-long learning by keeping the resident active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature.

  3. Allow and encourage the resident to attend continuing education courses.

  4. 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 of the community and the profession of optometry in the resident.


  1. Enhance the resident's active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations.

  2. Encourage political involvement and interactions with local politicians.

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. 

Please note that the completion certificate awarded will state "Residency in Ocular Disease"