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Application deadlines will be altered to remain consistent with those specified on the ORMatch website for all 2021-22 Southern College of Optometry affiliated residency programs. Deadlines can be accessed at https://natmatch.com/ormatch/. Questions can be directed to SCO's Director for Residency Programs, Dr. Cheryl Mengelt, at [email protected].
SCO's Residency Programs give graduate optometrists additional opportunities to expand their clinical knowledge and skills.
The residency programs that we offer include:
Primary Care Optometry
Cornea and Contact Lenses
Areas of emphasis available:
Primary Care Optometry, Pediatric Optometry, Family Practice Optometry, Community Health Optometry, Geriatric Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses, Ocular Disease, Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Retina, Neuro-Optometry, Vision Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Most residencies are one calendar year in length and most programs begin on July 1. See program description for further details.
Residents receive an annual stipend, health insurance at group rates, professional liability insurance, and travel funding.
All of our programs are either accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education or being prepared for accreditation.
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. Candidates should have a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Candidates must have passed NBEO Parts I, II and TMOD in order to take part in the ORMatch match process in February/March, though candidates are welcome to submit an application at any time (before receiving scores). Candidates must have passed NBEO Part III and be eligible for a license in the state where the program resides in order to accept a residency position.
The five main types are
However, many combination programs are offered with areas of emphasis, including: Primary Care Optometry, Pediatric Optometry, Family Practice Optometry, Community Health Optometry, Geriatric Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses, Ocular Disease, Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Retina, Neuro-Optometry, Vision Rehabilitation, Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation, Low Vision Rehabilitation, Brain Injury Rehabilitation
ORMatch will allow candidates to apply to 10 programs for a single fee. The average applicant applies to 5 programs. Things to consider are time off to interview and costs incurred. You will interview at each individual site.
Yes. Anyone can apply as long as they meet the candidate requirements.
Maintain a competitive GPA, join optometric student organizations, reach out and introduce yourself to the Supervisors, advocate for the profession, community service, get involved in research, pick externships with similar disciplines/venues, arrange a visit to the practice if this is practical, research the programs prior to your interview, prepare well thought out questions to ask during your interview, be confident, smile and maintain eye contact during the interview, update your cv, write a strong letter of intent and form positive clinical impressions with your staff doctors so they can write strong, positive and personalized letters of recommendation.
Yes, most likely. There are work without compensation programs but these are rare. You can expect a modest salary with paid benefits which vary from program to program.
Deferment is not an option, however, forbearance is. Meaning, you are not responsible for payments during your residency but interest accrues.
This varies from program to program. In general you will be asked to submit: An application through ORMatch, an application through the affiliate institution, a letter of intent, updated cv, official transcripts, NBEO scores and 3 letters of recommendation.
All items are to be made available to ORMatch during the application process.
Application season opens in October and closes in January. Interviews typically take place in late January-early February. The Match (selection of residents) takes place in early March. Most residency programs begin on July 1.
A residency which is accredited by the ACOE holds an official stamp of approval. Completion will earn points towards a Fellowship in the AAO, NBEO Board Certification and earn you consideration of a Faculty position.
A residency in its initial year will be labeled as Accreditation-Pending. This is NOT a red flag.
If a program has been offered for more than 1 year and is not accredited you must ask why.
A Fellowship does not go through the accreditation process.
You can learn more at the following websites:
Additionally, SCO holds a general Residency Information Night each year.