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Clay-Rhynes/RGB Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic/ RGB Eye Associates
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic
1901 University Boulevard
Durant, Oklahoma 74701
Phone Number: (580) 920-2020
Fax Number: (580) 924-5656
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Carolyn Majcher, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometric physicians with emphasis in refractive and ocular surgery, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise. 

Program Description:

The Clay-Rhynes/RGB Ocular Disease Resident will be exposed to a wide variety of ocular and systemic conditions, having daily access to cutting edge instrumentation including Cirrus OCT, Optomap, specular microscopy, VEP, ERG, ORA, anterior segment imaging, wavefront aberrometry, TearLab, Macuscope, AdaptDX, and B scan.  The resident will spend approximately half time with Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic and half time with RGB Eye Associates.

The Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic is a high volume medical/surgical practice in our 8000 square foot state-of-the-art clinic, where the resident will perform YAG capsulotomies, iridotomies, and vitreolysis, along with radiosurgical lesion removals, and foreign body removals. The resident will attend all surgeries and perform all post-op care for every patient the resident refers for cataract and LASIK procedures.  The resident will have the opportunity to observe and manage a large volume of glaucoma, cataract, and macular degeneration patients. Yet, because of our demographics, the resident will also manage a large number of pediatric patients.

The resident’s time at RGB Eye Associates will see them involved in activities that they have fewer opportunities to be exposed to at Clay-Rhynes Eye Clinic.  These would include, but not be limited to:  pre-op work-ups on cataract, lid, and corneal surgeries, observing/attending surgeries (surgery center and in-office), and heavier exposure to ocular disease with many coming on referral from other optometrists, as opposed to seeing on first exposure at Clay-Rhynes. RGB Eye Associates has offices in both Oklahoma and Texas.  A Texas optometry license is therefore required in addition to an Oklahoma optometry license as the resident will see patients at their Texas clinic at some times.

Our surgeons utilize the latest technologies including the Catalys femtosecond laser for capsulorhexis and cataract fragmentation. All LASIK is also performed using femtosecond flap technology. As well, our ophthalmology partners administer anti-VEGF injections for our AMD patients in our clinic. The resident will participate in observation and management with these surgeons. Finally, the resident will benefit from our relationships developed over the last quarter century with some of the best and brightest sub-specialists in retina, cornea, and glaucoma.

Perhaps the most unique aspect of our residency is the opportunity for the resident to observe and participate in the management of a practice. In addition to weekly grand rounds and journal club, the resident will participate in daily morning “huddles” with all doctors and staff, as well as weekly staff meetings and weekly administrative staff meetings.

The resident will also spend time at NSU Oklahoma College of Optometry and the Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah one week during the Fall semester and one week during the Spring semester.

Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists, and other healthcare providers.

At the beginning of the year, you are assigned which holidays you will be on call. If you are not scheduled to be on call, you are not expected to be at work on these holidays and they are not taken from your vacation.

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 on-call responsibilities. Attendance of continuing medical education 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 and Texas Optometry licensure

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 per 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: Gregory B. Clay, OD, FAAO
Telephone: (580) 920-2020
Fax: (580) 924-5656
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Jeffery Harris, OD
Telephone: (580) 745-9191
Fax: 903-893-9579
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. You must be license eligible in the states of Oklahoma and Texas

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 Brittany Mason ( or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Carolyn Majcher ( Additional information is available online at or by contacting Dr. Gregory B. Clay, 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. Applicants must also be eligible for licensure in Oklahoma and Texas. 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 31

Additional Comments

Goal A

Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in the areas of ocular disease and ocular and refractive surgery.


Provide you a minimum of 1600 patient encounters

Provide you exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within ocular disease, ocular and refractive surgery, and primary eye care

Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers

Goal B

Stimulate scholarly development.


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

Stimulate life-long learning by keeping you active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature

Allow you to attend continuing medical 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.


Enhance your active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations

CURRICULUM: Residency Curriculum The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Ocular Disease include: 1. Provision of optometric care to a large and diverse number of patients at the CREC and RGB Eye Associates with an emphasis in primary eye care and ocular disease. 2. Appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers. External site visits may be arranged if likely to enhance expertise. 3. Lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc. 4. Participation in residency seminar activities, including literature review, journal club, and case presentations. 5. Attendance of continuing education courses. 6. Completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality. 7. Active involvement in the optometric community through membership and participation in optometric organizations.

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