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Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 900 NW 17th Street

Miami, Florida 33136
Phone Number: 305-326-6583
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: 01/1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute seeks to attract premier optometrists into an enriched university medical school 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 clinics which is further complemented through didactic education. The residency will provide training in the clinical diagnosis and management of ocular disease, which 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. 

Program Description:

The optometric resident will work in a variety of clinics, including one day in a primary care clinic with the remainder of the week being spent working in the various subspecialty ophthalmology faculty clinics which may include medical and surgical retina, glaucoma, cornea and external disease, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology services. The resident will also spend time in the eye Emergency Department. These different environments will allow the resident to develop excellent diagnostic and treatment skills as well as become proficient in advanced diagnostic techniques including visual fields, OCT, OCT-A, fluorescein angiography, echography, and laboratory testing.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 6
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Residents are required to be at the hospital ready to see patients by 8:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, with the exception being on those days when conferences or lectures are scheduled. Lunch should be taken when the clinic schedule allows. Except on days when meetings are scheduled, clinics finish around 4:30-5:00 pm. Vacation, sick time, etc. are consistent with the University of Miami policies. All vacation or days off must be approved by Dr. Townsend, the Program Coordinator.

Requirements for Completion:

Complete the 12 month program

Completion of paper of publishable quality

Present 4 lectures during the year

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,500.00
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: Alison Bozung, O.D., F.A.A.O., Program Coordinator
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Natalie Townsend, O.D., F.A.A.O., Program Co-Coordinator
Telephone: 305-482-4347
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Alison Bozung, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Residency Program Co-Coordinator


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must have graduated from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). Candidates are expected to have passed all parts of the National Boards prior to starting the program. Those who match for residency at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute are expected to pursue licensure in the state of Florida. Application deadline for the residency is February 1 of the residency year. Information required for application include materials for ORMatch: 1. Curriculum Vitae 2. Transcripts from your college of optometry 3. National board scores 4. Letter of intent 5. Three letters of recommendation. There is a required one-day interview process. Only applicants with a grade point average of 3.0 or greater will be granted an interview; however this is at the discretion of the Program Coordinator. Interviews will begin in early January on a first come basis and will be completed by February 28. Candidates will be notified of the results by ORMatch in March. 

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.