What is an optometric residency?
Postgraduate residency training is a popular means for ODs to further their optometric education. The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE)--the accrediting body for the schools and colleges of optometry and for their residencies--defines an optometric residency program as a planned program of post-O.D. clinical education that is designed to advance significantly the optometric graduate's preparation as a provider of patient care services beyond entry level practice. A residency must be a minimum of twelve months and must be composed of appropriately supervised clinical eye/vision care provided by the resident. A residency should also include a well-designed mix of self-directed learning, seminar participation, instructional experiences, and scholarship. The Indiana University School of Optometry residencies are typically one year in length and provide stipends and other benefits.
To view the 2013-2014 IUSO Residency Program Brochure, click here.
For additional information about the ACOE, visit its Web site at www.theacoe.org.