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Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: The Eye Institute of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: The Eye Institute
1200 West Godfrey Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
Phone Number: (215) 276-6180
Fax Number: (215) 276-6276
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1977
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care is to recruit qualified graduating or graduate optometrists; to train the entry level graduate optometrist in advanced patient care through clinical management and co-management experiences in a broad range of ophthalmic disorders; to provide an orientation and an ongoing didactic program throughout the year; to promote development of skills as an educator and self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish. The nature of the patient population at The Eye Institute provides the foundation for the resident to hone their entry-level skills to an advanced level and to cultivate new skills and knowledge as well. The resident is able to achieve the objectives of the program through an appropriate level of supervision and support of a highly trained clinical faculty of optometrists and general and subspecialty ophthalmologists leading to clinical autonomy.

Program Description:

The Residency in Ocular Disease /Primary Care is one of the largest residency programs in the country. It is an intensive 52 or 54 week educational program at The Eye Institute, the patient care facility of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University. This residency provides an exceptional clinical experience. The residents have the opportunity to provide primary, secondary, and tertiary eye care to our uniquely established patient base in an urban, inner-city neighborhood. This includes diagnosis, treatment, and management of visual disorders, binocular and accommodative disorders, anterior and posterior segment eye pathology as well as ocular manifestations of systemic disease. Our primary care residents also rotate through the various Specialty Ocular Disease Services, Emergency Service, and Pediatrics/Binocular Vision Service under the guidance of our top-notch faculty to further their knowledge and advance their clinical skills in all aspects of optometric care.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 6
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

On average the resident will work 40-44 hours per week and every other Saturday. In addition, there are a number of didactic lectures and conferences which can vary from week to week. Our residents are on-call 4-5 weeks throughout the program year, but are heavily supported during these sessions.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident must attend all clinical assignments and all assigned lectures and conferences. The resident must also demonstrate an acceptable level of performance in all areas of the program. A paper of publishable quality must be completed by the end of the program, in addition to a Grand Rounds presentation.

Program Salary/Stipend: $48,050
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Bhawan Minhas, O.D.
Telephone: (215) 276-6180
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Beginning in October 2012, all residency applications can be submitted via ORMatch. Candidates must also submit a letter of interest, current resume/curriculum vitae, current optometric transcripts, current NBEO transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to candidate’s clinical abilities. Once all required documents are received, a decision will be made as to whether or not the candidate will be invited for an interview. Candidates are then ranked in ORMatch.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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