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Primary Care with emphasis in Pediatrics and Binocular Vision

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: HPD Terry Building
3200 S. University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Phone Number: 954-262-1452
Fax Number: 954-262-1818
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Pinar Haytac, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/25/1995
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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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 residency program provides advanced clinical training in primary care optometry, as well focused exposure to pediatric care, binocular vision anomalies and vision therapy. Emphasis is placed on appropriate diagnosis and management, including refractive disorders, anomalies of accommodation and convergence, strabismus, amblyopia, learning disorders and special populations. Experience is gained through a combination of direct patient care and supervision of students. The resident also learns to design and employ proper vision therapy techniques. External clinical rotations in optometric and/or medical sub-specialties 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: Other (please explain)
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
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. There is evening clinic on Wednesday until 8:00 pm and residents will be assigned to this clinic for portions of the year. All residents are expected to work for part of the year on Saturday, which is a half day from 8:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm. Clinical assignments vary and are determined by the Residency Director, with assignments rotating every 3-4 months. Residents are responsible for after-hours emergency care on a rotating basis, on average, 6 weeks per year.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Satisfactory evaluations from Program Coordinators and Supervisors. 2. Complete a manuscript of publishable quality. 3. Attend all assigned conferences. 4. Deliver 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: Pinar Haytac, OD, FAAO, Primary Program Coordinator
Telephone: 954-262-1452
Fax: 954-262-1818
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Katherine Green, Pediatrics Coordinator
Telephone: 954-262-4227
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Pinar Haytac, OD, FAAO

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

3200 S. University Dr. Suite 1402

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All candidates must have received an OD degree from a College of Optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)  prior to matriculation. All candidates are expected to submit into ORMatch the required letter of intent, 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 three (3) letters of recommendation.

Candidates are expected to pass Part I of the NBEO in order to be offered an interview. Part II and TMOD must be taken prior to interview and successfully passed in order to be ranked in the ORMatch system in March. 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. Every candidate that applies is required to take Part III of NBEO and scores submitted as soon as available. All candidates must be license eligible in the state of Florida or another state and eligible to receive a Faculty Certificate.

Every candidate who applies must 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.

Every candidate must be personally interviewed by the Director of Residency Programs and Coordinator 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.

Every candidate will be evaluated and rated  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. Based on ratings of the candidate by the interviewers, the Director of Residency Programs and Program Coordinators 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.

All candidates must be hold a 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 applicants prior to starting the program. View resident testimonials here: