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Residency in Ocular Disease with an emphasis in Anterior Segment and Retina

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Anterior Segment, Retina
Program Site: Braverman Eye Center
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1050 North Federal Highway

Hollywood, FL 33020, Florida 33020
Phone Number: 954-458-2112
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: 01/1993
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Braverman Eye Center Residency in Ocular Disease will attempt to attract the top academic and clinical optometric graduates. The residency program will then provide the residents with a large, diverse patient base, most with multiple ocular disease conditions; then, through direct patient care, multiple specialty ophthalmology rotations and ongoing didactic education, the Braverman Eye Center will actively seek to prepare a resident fit to practice at the highest level of clinical competency within any mode of future practice, as well as encourage the resident to become an active member of organized optometry and its future role in the evolution of the optometric profession.

Program Description:

The Braverman Eye Center is a multidisciplinary practice comprised of 7 ophthalmologists, 2 optometrist, 1 licensed optician, 5 ophthalmic assistants and technicians, 1 certified ophthalmic technologist, and 8 administrative personnel.

Our facility covers approximately 12000 square feet of space and includes administrative offices, an optical, a pre-testing area, 16 examination lanes including one minor surgical suite, one refractive surgical suite equipped with an excimer laser, and 4 rooms for ancillary diagnostic testing, fluorescein angiography and on-site argon laser treatment.  We also have an autokeratometer, autolensometer, autorefractor, anterior and posterior segment cameras, corneal topographer, wavefront aberrometer, an OCT, an A and B-scan ultrasound, and a corneal endothelial cell analyzer.  We provide comprehensive optometric and ophthalmologic services including emergency eye care, to an average of 1500 to 1800 patients a month. Our patient population is approximately 80% geriatric, primarily English-speaking. 

Center strengths include extensive experience in ocular disease and pathology, pre and postoperative care of refractive surgeries including LASIK and PRK, cataract surgery, corneal procedures, glaucoma surgery, oculoplastic surgery, and vitreoretinal surgery.  Residents will participate to the full extent of therapeutic law in Florida in ocular disease comanagement, foreign body removal, glaucoma treatment and punctal occlusion, as well as provide general primary care optometric services. 

Residents will also be exposed to business and practice management, organized optometry, and cultural, social and political factors involved in providing health care to diversified delivery systems including managed care. 

Teaching responsibilities involve preceptorship and coordination of 3-7 fourth year optometric externs each quarter, on rotation from six different optometry colleges. The Resident will also attend and participate in weekly Grand Rounds presentations.

Research responsibilities require one paper suitable for publication in a refereed journal. Additional research and presentation at local and national conventions is encouraged.

Additional Clinic Responsibilities require that the resident be available for on-call duties Mon 9 AM to Fri 5 PM and infrequently on weekends. The resident can expect to receive 1-2 calls per month.

Observational Opportunities Residents will have the opportunity to follow and observe a number of ophthalmology sub-specialists as they provide tertiary patient care, including surgical care, to a pathology based patient population.


Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: June 15th
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm; Wednesday and Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The resident will be responsible for after hours emergency call Monday - Friday throughout the year. Additional Clinic Responsibilities require that the resident be available for on-call duties Mon 9 AM to Fri 5 PM and infrequently on weekends. The resident will receive a pager and can expect to receive 1-2 calls per month.

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, unless excused by the Coordinator. 4. Attend all scheduled clinical assignments, unless excused by program Coordinator. 5. Complete all patient, didactic and scholarship logs in a timely manner and submit to Program Coordinator when requested.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,000.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Ryan Hargreaves, O.D., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 954-458-2112
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Ryan Hargreaves, O.D.

1050 North Federal Highway

Hollywood, FL 33020

(954) 458-2112

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%.

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 interivewed 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

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 candidates prior to start date.