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Ocular Disease - Refractive and Ocular Surgery

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: ICON Surgical Eye Care
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 10520 El Diente Court, Suite A

Engelwood, Colorado 80112
Phone Number: 720-524-1001
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 09/01/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

ICON’s residency mission is to cultivate knowledge and skill to produce confident, inspired optometrists to serve our patient and professional community.  

At ICON, we are committed to serve the needs of our patients and hold ourselves accountable to the highest standard of eye care.  ICON provides residents with direct and in-depth contact with patients using a multi-specialty, high volume, hands on learning experience in refractive surgery, ocular disease, comprehensive eye care and co-management.  Our goal is to provide advanced clinical knowledge and skills that increase the resident’s diagnostic, disease management, patient care competencies and interprofessional communication for increasingly better clinical outcomes.  

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident's clinical knowledge and understanding of refractive surgery and ocular disease.

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident's expertise in the diagnosis and management of anterior segment ocular disease with emphasis on refractive and ocular surgery.

Goal 3: Expand the resident's knowledge of pre- and post-refractive and ocular surgery complications.

Goal 4: Develop the resident's skill in presenting topics to resident professionals.

Goal 5: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

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

Hours (approximately):

  • Monday (8:00-5:00):       Medical/General Clinic

  • Tuesday (8:00-5:00):      Medical/General Clinic

  • Wednesday (7:30-5:00): Professional Development AM / General clinic PM

  • Thursday (8:00-5:00):     General Clinic

  • Friday (8:00-5:00):          General Clinic

*The resident will have the opportunity to observe surgery as the schedule allows Monday-Friday. 

  • Thursday, Friday, or Saturday - refractive and cataract surgery. 

  • Tuesday - cataract and glaucoma surgery.

  • Wednesday - cataract and corneal surgery.

Approximately 40 hours per week will be assigned. After hours on-call assignments may be made on an as-needed basis.

“On-Call” is the period of time for which the resident is responsible for responding to urgent/emergent after-hours calls or those calls which may come during regular business hours that cannot be immediately attended to by ICON physicians. On the rare occasion that the resident would be required to come to clinic after hours the residency coordinator will accompany the resident.

Requirements for Completion:


  •  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the ICON Residency Coordinator and Pacific University College of Optometry Director of Residency Programs.

  • Complete a residency project, meet all intern deadlines, and present the project at the Northwest Optometric Residents Conference.

  • Achieve "expected" or above ratings in the Clinical Performance and Case Management Skills, Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills, and Teaching and Supervisory Skills sections on all resident evaluations.  For "Below Average" evaulations in other areas, improve performance to the satisfaction of the Residency Program Coordinator and the Associate Dean.

  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

  • The resident will be required to complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

  • Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificat\ion of completion, for infraction of the rules and regulations of ICON or Pacific University College of Optometry, or for any action which jeapordizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

Upon completion of requirements and residency term, the resident will be issued a certificate of completion.



Program Salary/Stipend: $43,000.00 - 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: Benjamin D. Sturdy, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 720-524-1001
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:


A.  This program uses Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). Applicants must complete the ORMatch application by the PUCO deadline of January 30, to be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, e.g., the College, ORMatch, and the residency site supervisor.

B. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

C. Applicant will furnish an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for Colorado licensure and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident must be able to obtain a Colorado optometry license prior to the July 1 starting date of the residency program.

E. Three letters of recommendation are required.

F. A brief essay stating the reasons for applying to this program is required.

G. A personal interview is required.

H. PUCO affirms that all residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin or disabilities.

The above application criteria are specified within the program description and include the attainment of the Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited institution.  H pertains to the non-discrimination policy.  This policy is updated as needed.

Residents are selected following submission of all required documentation and an interview with the supervisor.  After the interview process is completed, the supervisor ranks the applicants and submits this ranking to ORMatch, which performs the matching process.

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Benjamin D. Sturdy, OD

Diplomate, American Board of Optometry

Residency Program Coordinator

10520 El Diente Court, Suite A

Englewood, CO 80112


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1) Candidates must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from an ACOE accredited school/college of optometry.

2) Candidates must pass all portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and all examinations required for Colorado licensure.

3) Colorado licensure must be attained prior to the residency starting date.

4) The resident will be selected from among candidates of whom if hired, can present evidence of legal right to live and work in the United States.

5) ICON affirms that all residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin or disabilities.

Program Application Deadline: January 30

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