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Cornea and Contact Lenses

Basic Information

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Pacific University & Associated Clinics
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 2043 College Way

Forest Grove & Portland, Oregon 97116
Phone Number: 503-352-2278
Fax Number: 503-352-2929
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO,

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1993
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Pacific University College of Optometry Cornea and Contact Lens Residency Program is to prepare qualified graduates of optometry for careers in contact lens education, independent practice, clinical research or a combination thereof by providing advanced practical experience and academic teaching exposure with an emphasis in contact lenses and anterior segment conditions.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. Provide opportunities for in-depth clinical experience specializing in contact lenses and anterior segment conditions.

Goal 2. Encourage the resident to develop as a specialist by serving as a consulting/attending doctor for optometry interns.

Goal 3. Offer experience in didactic and laboratory contact lens education.

Goal 4. Encourage the resident's pursuit of scholarly activities.

Goal 5. Stimulate a commitment to service in the resident.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: one
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-60 hours. The resident will have on call responsibilities for approximately 8 sessions over the course of the residency year, for two week intervals, on a rotating basis.

The resident serves as one of the primary physicians for after hours on-call for the Pacific University EyeClincs.  On-call duties consist of approximately eight weeks over the course of a residency year, for a two week period on a rotating basis.  At the start of ear year the Cornea & Contact Lens Residnet, The Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation/Pediatric Optometry Residents, and the full-time, part-time, and adjunct clinical faculty divide the responsibility over the year.  The secondary on-call responsibilities are covered by full-time, part-time, and adjunct clinical facuty who are available for consults with the primary on-call physician and/or to accompany the primary on-call physician to patient care visits after hours.  The on-call physician is compensated for holding the cell phone to answer the after hours calls.

Requirements for Completion:

Once all published requirements for completion have been met, the resident will be presented with a Certificate of Completion.  Preparing a potential publishable manuscript, which may be used towards delivering a required presentation at the annual Northwest Residents Conference. 

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,000 - Salary is not contingent upon productivity of the resident
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: Matthew J Lampa, Residency Program Supervisor
Telephone: 503-352-2278
Fax: 503-352-2929
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

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For additional information about these residency opportunities, please contact: Matthew J. Lampa, O.D., F.A.A.O. Residency Program Supervisor College of Optometry Pacific University 2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 503-352-2278

Application Process

  • Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at

  • Furnish official transcripts of all optometric and undergraduate education.

  • Furnish official NBEO scores.

  • Send CV, letter of intent and three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's clinical and academic performance to the Residency Program Supervisor.

  • Be available for a formal interview with the Residency Committee.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

  • Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.

  • Candidates must pass all portions of the NBEO and attain Oregon state licensure prior to the starting date of the residency. Candidates do not need to be a U.S. Citizen. Non-citizens must either be living in the USA as a "Permanent Resident" or must be eligible for F-1 Optional Practical Training (F-1 OPT) status.

  • Pacific University's policy of non-discrimination based on gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or non-disqualifying physical disabilities will be strictly upheld during the selection process.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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