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Ocular Disease Residency

Program Site:

University of Houston College of Optometry



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Joe Wheat, O.D., PhD
University of Houston  
College of Optometry  
Houston, Texas 77204-2020  
  Telephone: (713) 743-6534  
  FAX: (713) 743-2053 
 E-Mail: jwheat@central.uh.edu

Mission Statement:

The Ocular Disease Residency Program at the University of Houston College of Optometry (UHCO) is a one-year post-doctoral clinical training program in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The residency provides advanced competency in knowledge and clinical skills through a scholarly, didactic, and clinical curriculum to highly qualified optometry graduates. Residents completing the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in ocular disease.

Program Description

The Ocular Disease Residency is designed to aid the resident in the acquisition of skills and knowledge necessary to provide advanced clinical care in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Extensive experience will be provided in the areas of glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, retina and anterior segment disease and anomalies. The resident will have the opportunity to interact with both optometrists and ophthalmologic sub-specialists. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to seek further training in other areas such as low vision, contact lenses, and on-call service. Didactic training includes resident seminars, journal clubs, and clinical rounds.

Length of Program: 53 weeks
Starting date of program: June 19, 2017
Cost of tuition to resident/graduate student: None
Thesis Requirement: Yes
Salary /Stipend: $38,000
Date Program Established: 2010
Hours of attendance at College: 5 to 6 day work week approximately 43 hours per week of patient care and didactic. When on-call (shared by 7 residents), attendance may exceed 43 hours including up to 4 hours of post-operative care on Saturday morning and possible additional after-hours and weekend emergency /urgent care time.
  1. Health benefits
  2. Retirement program
  3. Vacation
  4. Sick leave
  5. Financial support to professional meetings
  6. Institutional malpractice insurance
  7. Access to University courses, and continuing education offered by the College.

Accreditation Status:

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Educational Opportunities:

Direct supervised patient care experiences in the Ocular Disease and Medical Service. Patient care opportunities in the private offices of ophthalmologic sub-specialists are also available. Participation in faculty and resident seminars, clinical grand rounds, journal clubs, and graduate courses of interest. 

In addition, the resident will participate in the emergency call service. 

Teaching Responsibilities:

Laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care, medical procedures, and laser courses. Supervise professional students as skills develop. 

Research Responsibilities:

The resident, under the guidance of his/her advisor, will select a research project; clinical investigation, laboratory investigation, or extensive library research. A written report suitable for publication in an optometric journal is required.

Completion Requirements

  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care.
  2. The resident is required to keep a log of patient names and associated information.
  3. The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements specific to their program. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality.
  4. The resident is required to deliver three presentations in Clinical Rounds and New Developments course.
  5. The resident is required to successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.
  6. The resident is required to successfully complete all teaching assignments.
  7. The resident must attend required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.
  8. The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, rotations, seminars, their Program Coordinator, and the exit interview.
  9. The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing all requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of the Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident.

Curriculum requirements in hours:

5 to 6 day work week between 43 to 47 hours per week; including after hours on-call and Saturday post-operative care (approximately every 7 weeks)

  1. O.D. degree from an A.C.O.E. accredited school or college of optometry
  2. Two letters of reference from clinical faculty members
  3. Copy of all optometry transcripts
  4. Curriculum Vita and a letter of intent
  5. Pass all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the residency
  6. A State of Texas Optometry license (completion of testing prior to beginning of program)

Apply through ORMatch and submit application materials to:

Cristian Loayza
University of Houston
College of Optometry
4901 Calhoun Rd. 
Houston , TX 77204
 (713) 743-1990
  (713) 743-2046