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Residency in Primary Care with emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Clayton Eye Center
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1000 Corporate Center Drive
Suite 100
Morrow, Georgia 30260
Phone Number: 770-968-8888
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Mariem Abdou, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 03/07/2003
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in primary care seeks to attract the premier optometric graduates into an enriched ophthalmic private practice setting conducive to the advancement of optometric education and clinical expertise. This is accomplished by providing the optometric resident the opportunity to experience a wide diversity of ocular disease through observation and direct patient care in primary, secondary, and tertiary care experiences which is further complimented through self learning, didactic education and formal presentations. The residency will provide advanced training in the clinical diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The program will allow the residency graduate to deliver the highest quality in patient care. The ultimate goal is to prepare the resident for a career in optometric practice which may include co-management/consultative referral clinics, academic education, primary care settings, and to serve the profession as leaders in the optometric community. A commitment to excellence in patient care, the continual pursuit of knowledge, and the maintenance of the highest ethical standards are ideals that will be instilled in each resident enabling them to meet the everyday challenges of their profession and to serve as emulous examples to their peers, colleagues, and the profession.

Program Description:

Clayton Eye Center offers an environment in which each resident will experience a wide diversity in ocular disease through direct patient care in primary and secondary care clinics. The resident examines patients at least 3 days per week in their own primary care clinic where they will assist in the supervision of fourth year optometric externs and will make the final disposition on all their patients. The Resident will practice full-scope optometry and are granted full therapeutic privileges after they have passed the Georgia State board examination, and completed a credentialing process. Each resident will see patients in the ophthalmology subspecialty clinics which may include external disease, retina/vitreous, and glaucoma. The resident will perform complete examinations on patients of all ages. In the specialty clinics this information is provided to the attending physician. The resident will maintain a patient log sheet describing the type and extent to which the resident was involved in seeing the patient. The resident will experience further academic growth by attending lectures and utilizing library facilities, in addition to learning on-the-job from other members of the eye care team. The resident will give formal presentations to the externs in addition to writing a paper worthy of publication in an optometric journal. The resident will be encouraged to submit posters and lectures to educational meetings.

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

Monday through Friday 8-5 and alternating Saturdays: 8:00 - 1:00. The resident will rotate through Glaucoma Clinic, Cataract Clinic, Retina Clinic and General Ophthalmology Clinic throughout the year. The resident will also have time each week in their own Primary Care Clinic. The schedule may change during the year based on the resident’s interests and experience. The resident will also participate in and lead case presentations, grand rounds and journal club meetings with the students.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Receive overall satisfactory evaluations from the Residency Supervisor(s) and Program Coordinator. 2. Complete a paper or manuscript of publishable quality. 3. Attend and actively participate in all assigned resident conferences. 4. Prepare and deliver all Grand Round presentations and student lectures assigned. 5. Attend all scheduled clinical assignments. 6. Complete all patient, didactic and scholarship logs in a timely manner and submit to Program Coordinator when requested.

Program Salary/Stipend: $44,500.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Carey Phlong, O.D., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 770-968-8888
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Carey Phlong, O.D.

Clayton Eye Center

1000 Corporate Center Drive Suite 100

Morrow, GA 30260

(770) 968-8888

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 demonstrating 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 completed. 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 Georgia. 

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 interviewed by the Program 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 hold a valid social security number and visa if international prior to beginning program.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

Additional Comments

A background search may be conducted on matched applicants prior to starting the program. NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.