The mission of EELC’s Ocular Disease residency program: “Providing advanced training and experience in the treatment of ocular disease through patient care, clinical research, education and scholarship in an integrated eye care model.”

Goals and Objectives

Goal 1: Develop advanced clinical competence and patient care abilities of the resident in managing ocular disease.


  1. The resident will provide patient care in approximately 1200 patient encounters.
  2. The resident will experience a variety of patient care experiences.
    1. Comprehensive eye care including complete eye exams and contact lens fitting.
    2. Mentored clinical care of ocular pathologies including but not limited to cornea and anterior segment, vitreous and retinal pathologies, glaucoma, pediatrics, and oculoplastics.
  3. Participate in emergency on-call services.

Goal 2: Promote life-long learning for the resident through scholarly activities.


  1. The resident may participate in clinical research taking place at EELC in the areas of glaucoma, dry eye, ocular allergies, ocular infection and inflammation, as well as surgical procedures and devices.
  2. Require completion of a research project, case report, or poster of publishable quality.
  3. Require resident to present a case reports at EELC grand rounds meetings.
  4. Require participation in quarterly journal review meetings as well as case studies and journal reviews throughout the year as assigned by EELC providers.
  5. Encourage resident to present a paper or poster at educational meetings.

Goal 3: Develop advanced clinical understanding through didactic instruction.


  1. Encourage resident to attend continuing education event(s).
  2. Encourage resident to attend state and national optometric meetings.
  3. Provide resident with academic leave days and a financial stipend to help with associated expenses.
  4. Require attendance to grand rounds and journal reviews at EELC.
  5. Attend the SCCO/MBKU Resident’s Day.