The following is an overview of the ocular disease residency at EELC. These are guidelines for the program year and the requirements for completion.


  • Monday through Friday when the offices are open and staffed by doctors. Typically 8am to 5pm. The Resident will be examining approximately 1200 direct patients with various disease aspects.
  • Approximately 75% of the Resident’s clinic time will be spent in direct patient care, observation of ophthalmic surgery, administrative duties in quality management, didactic, and scholarly activities.
  • Resident is required to participate in rotating on-call emergency responsibilities after-hours.
  • Resident must maintain patient log showing level of interaction, diagnosis, testing, and complexity.
  • Supervision Protocol: Residents will see patients with the EELC Eye Doctors. Expectations and autonomy will change and grow as the year and resident abilities progress.
  • The Resident will also be seeing patients at local, non-profit community clinic, ACE (Advanced Center for Eye care), approximately half a day per week. ACE provides medical and surgical eye care for an underserved and underinsured patient population.
  • Surgical observation (live or via live-stream) by a board-certified ophthalmologist and a retina specialist will be included in the program.


  • Program Length: 54 Weeks Starting in July.
  • Stipend: $58,240
  • Empire Eye and Laser Center Benefits available to Resident: Health, Dental, Basic Life, and Flex
  • Paid Leave: PTO/CE: 2 weeks and compensated professional meeting time is granted
  • Holidays: All Standard holidays as recognized by Empire Eye and Laser Center
  • License & Malpractice Insurance: Paid for one year


  • Residents must maintain activity log tracking research, didactic and scholarly activities.
  • The Resident may participate in clinical research taking place at Empire Eye and Laser Center.
  • Observation of surgical procedures: cataract, lid, refractive, glaucoma, retinal/vitreous as permitted with scheduling.
  • In office Lectures/Grand Rounds for providers & residents given by EELC eye doctors.
  • Case reports to EELC eye doctors on a quarterly basis.
  • SSCO Case Report/Lecture.
  • Participate in a state and local society meetings. Various agendas and meetings, organizational and educational duties.
  • EELC Outreach lectures.
  • Minimum of one publishable quality paper or poster per quarter.
  • Attendance at one National CE Conference: typically AAO or AOA.