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Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Glaucoma

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma
Program Site: Aran Eye Associates
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 951 S. Lejeune Road

Coral Gables, Florida 33134
Phone Number: 305-962-3339
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: 07/11/1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Our practice is committed to delivering the highest caliber ophthalmic care. Since its inception in 1988, Aran Eye Associates has strongly supported optometry and has an extensive optometric referral network. We sponsor and participate in continuing education programs for local optometric associations. We are also involved in training 4th year optometry externs from several U.S. optometry schools. The residency program has been in place for many years and is accredited.

Program Description:

Our 13-month program offers advanced training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease as well as pre- and post-operative care. Residents also participate in emergency care as part of their on-call duties. This program will prepare residents for careers in consultative referral centers as well as private practice. Didactic training is furnished through attendance of Grand Rounds and Fluorescein Conference with ophthalmology residents and community ophthalmologists as well as continuing education seminars at local optometric associations. Residents are also responsible for writing a publishable quality paper and are encouraged to become active in local politics. The resident is provided an annual salary of $34,000 with a continuing education stipend of $500 Health and liability insurance are also provided.Aran Eye Associates is a tertiary care multi-specialty ophthalmic referral center with offices in Sunrise, North Miami, Hialeah, Coral Gables and Kendall. An ambulatory surgical center and a laser vision correction center (The Laser Center of Coral Gables) are also part of our practice. We are comprised of several optometrists and ophthalmologists. Specialty areas include cornea and cataract, glaucoma, vitreo-retinal, oculoplastics and laser vision correction. The offices are equipped with advanced diagnostic equipment including corneal topographers, ocular biometry and ultrasonography units, anterior segment and fundus cameras, video slit-lamp units, Humphrey visual field analyzers, pachymeters, optical coherence tomographers as well as minor surgery suites.

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:

Monday - Friday: 8-5pm. Post op days start at 7:30am

Thursday AM: Grand Rounds

Resident will be responsible for after hours emergencies after January on a rotating basis.


Requirements for Completion:

Attend assigned clinical assignments Completion of a publishable quality paper Attendance at Grand Rounds and continuing education seminars

Program Salary/Stipend: $34000.00
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: Emilio Balius, O.D., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 305-962-3339
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Aran Eye Associates

Emilio Balius, O.D.

951 S LeJeune Road 2nd Floor

Coral Gables, FL 33134

Phone: 305-442-2020

Fax: 954-239-5193

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 Florida.

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 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

The applicant must submit the ORMatch application by the program deadline of February 1st. NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin. A background search may be conducted on matched applicants prior to starting the program.