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Cornea & Contact Lens Residency at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry (Glendale, AZ)


The mission of the Cornea and Contact Lens  Optometric Residency Program at Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry is to provide qualified Doctors of Optometry with a unique opportunity for advanced training in specialty contact lens fitting and cornea and anterior segment disease treatment and management.  This educational experience utilizes state of the art technology to deliver extensive clinical experience, exposure to academic teaching and scholarship.

General Information

Duration of Agreement: July 1 - June 30 
Number of Positions: 
One (1) position available each year. 

Annual Salary: $55,000 
Hours: Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours. These activities include direct patient care at the Midwestern University Eye Institute, Maricopa Integrated Health System (MIHS) Optometry Clinic, and Barnet Dulaney Perkins Eye Center. Time will be given for research, reading, presentations, and didactic interactions. 
Leave: 10 vacations days per year, 10 days flex time, holidays. Paid holidays include: New Year's Day, MLK, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, MWU President's Choice. 
Professional Liability Protection: Provided by Midwestern University 
Patient Population:  Midwestern University Eye Institute and its affiliated sites offer a diverse patient population ranging from geriatrics to pediatrics. 
On-Call Duty : On-call duties will be assigned with supervision and support.

Program Goals

  1. Enhance the resident's clinical experience in cornea and contact lens patient care by providing a diverse clinical patient population, fitting specialty contact lenses, managing ocular prosthetics, and managing corneal disease while also maintaining their primary care knowledge
  2. Develop the resident's knowledge base and develop skills for lifelong learning and evidence-based patient care
  3. Offer academic opportunities in both didactic and clinical teaching and promote the development of effective teaching strategies
  4. Develop the resident's communication skills with the healthcare community for effective co-management and promote an interdisciplinary educational experience
  5. Provide opportunities for scholarship
  6. Promote resident involvement in community and college service
  7. Guide residents in professional development and job placement

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program.
  2. Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part lll.
  3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Arizona.
  4. Midwestern University is a drug-free environment and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Application Requirements

Completion Requirements


For additional information about this residency program, please contact:Brianne Hobbs, OD, FAAO
Director of Residencies
Midwestern University Eye Institute
5865 W Utopia Rd.
Glendale, AZ  85308
bhobbs@midwestern.edu
(623) 806.7216