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Program Title: Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: HPD Terry Building
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Phone Number: 954-262-1452
Fax Number: 954-262-2484
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Lori Vollmer, O.D., M.S., FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/25/1995
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency in Primary Eye Care seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates and provide advanced clinical and didactic education in optometry. The program offers a variety of optometric and interdisciplinary care and is designed to foster a life-long commitment to learning. Graduates of this residency program are trained to deliver superlative clinical care in primary care optometry, to serve as optometric educators, and to serve the profession of optometry as leaders within the community and health care delivery system.

Program Description:

This program provides advanced clinical training in Primary Care as well as an emphasis in Ocular Disease. The Eye Institute, with its wide diversity of patients and clinical facilities, provides a large ocular disease patient base. Via the Advanced Care Service and our outlying community-based clinics, The Eye Institute renders care for a wide range of ocular disorders, including glaucoma, retinal disease, and traumatic injuries. The resident will have access to advanced diagnostic equipment including the Spectral Domain OCT, OCTA, GDx VCC, HRT II, and PreView PHP. Digital fundus photography, automated visual fields and ultrasonography are standard at all of our clinical facilities. Residents in Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease enjoy regular rotations through our on-campus Urgent Care Service, Glaucoma Service, and Diabetes & Macular Disease Service. In addition, off-campus specialty rotations may include general ophthalmology, retina, oculoplastics, ocular oncology, cornea and neuro-ophthalmology with fellowship trained ophthalmologists committed to training residents. Residents provide patient care as a student preceptor as well as perform direct primary care throughout the year. External clinical rotations in optometric and/or medical sub-specialists are also available to the resident.The resident spends approximately 50% of their clinical time in primary care and 50% of their clinical time in specialty services related to their chosen area of emphasis.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The Primary Care Residency is a 12.5 month program. The Resident is expected to work up to 5.5 days per week. The clinics are open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. All residents are expected to work for part of the year on Saturday, which is a half day from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Clinical assignments vary and are determined by the Residency Director, with assignments rotating every 4 months. Primary Care Residents are responsible for after-hours emergency coverage on a rotating basis, on average, 6 weeks per year.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Satisfactory evaluations from Residency Director. 2. Complete a manuscript of publishable quality. 3. Attend all assigned conferences. 4. Prepare Grand Round presentations and lectures. 5. Attend all scheduled clinical assignments. 6. Complete all patient, didactic and scholarship logs. 7. Attend the minimum number (3) of local society meetings.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 for the first 12 months plus pro-rated amount for additional 2 weeks.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: 5.5 vacation days, 3 personal days, 10 professional development days, 5 sick days, approximately 12.5 days for holiday closures, lab jackets, business cards
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Lori Vollmer, OD, MS, FAAO, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 954-262-1452
Fax: 954-262-1818
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Joseph Sowka, O.D., FAAO, Diplomate, Ocular Disease Supervisor
Fax: 954-262-1818
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Lori Vollmer O.D., M.S., FAAO

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

3200 S. University Dr. Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33328


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All candidates must have received an OD degree (or expected to receive degree) from and ACOE accredited College of Optometry prior to matriculation. 1. Every candidate will be required to submit the following application materials to the Director of Residency Programs by February 1st preceding the residency year: letter of intent, current curriculum vitae, official transcripts from an ACOE accredited college of optometry demonstating a recommended minimum GPA of 2.8 or an average of 82% and any other post-graduate educational program, NSU Residency Application Form and three (3) letters of recommendation 2. A passing score from Part I of the NBEO is required to be interviewed; Part II and TMOD scores shall be submitted as soon as they are available. Candidates must pass both Part II and TMOD by the ORMatch date in order to be ranked in ORMatch March of the preceding residency year. Candidates that do not pass Part II or TMOD, but have completed their application, will not be ranked but may be considered for any remaining unfilled positions once Part I, II and TMOD have been successfully competed. 3. Every candidate that applies is required to take Part III of NBEO and scores submitted as soon as available. 4. At least three (3) letters of recommendation are required, two of which must be from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's clinical skills. 5. Every candidate who applies must also register with the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), unless the candidate is applying for an UNFILLED position AFTER the official match date for a given year. 6. Every candidate will be required to demonstrate adequate clinical and didactic knowledge through any of the following means: clinical faculty recommendations, demonstrated self-study or research, active involvement in student scholarly groups, outside employment and clinical questions on interview. 7. Every candidate must be personally interviewed by the Director of Residency Programs to be considered for the program. Additional faculty may participate in the interview. Telephone interviews are not granted without extenuating circumstances and are only permissible when travel to the clinical facility is impossible. 8.Every candidate will be evaluated and rated by members of the Interview Committee, based upon the interview and the candidates' submitted materials, in the areas of: didactic and clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills, integrity, adaptability, motivation, maturity and patient management skills 9. Based on ratings of the Interview Committee members, the Director of Residency Programs will select and rank the most qualified applicant(s). The names of those candidates who are found to be acceptable will be submitted to the administrators at the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), according to their policies and deadlines. Candidates who match via ORMatch will be notified of this decision in a timely fashion via e-mail by ORMatch. 10. License eligible in the state of Florida or another state and eligible to receive a Faculty Certificate. 11. Valid social security number and visa if international prior to beginning program.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

Additional Comments

The applicant must submit the ORMatch application by the program deadline of February 1st. NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Nova Southeastern University admits students of any race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school, and does not discriminate in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs. A background search will be conducted on all matched candidates View resident testimonials here: