Residency Programs
at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry

Application Procedure (2015-2016)

Resident Characteristics

The resident should show evidence of superior academic and clinical achievement, demonstrated by academic transcript, National Board scores, letters of recommendation and personal interview.  Aptitude for teaching and personal characteristics, such as ethical standards and maturity, are also taken into consideration. 

All residents must have graduated from an ACOE accredited optometry    program and must have passed all parts of the National Board examinations prior to beginning the program on July 1. 


Application Procedure

Application to the residency programs is in conjunction with the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) which is a program of the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and it is supervised by the ORMatch Committee. ORMatch is administered by National Matching Services Inc.

Please see their web site for details: www.  

The following are required for application to each program. Candidates applying to more than one program should submit separate letters of intent for each program; we will duplicate the other required materials.   Please include information on how to contact you between the time of application and the end of February.  Interviews typically occur during January and February; special arrangements can be made to hold interviews earlier.

The candidate must:

  1. Submit the following materials to the address below:
    1. letter of interest explaining why you wish to pursue this residency - email is acceptable;
    2. current resume/curriculum vitae - email is acceptable;
    3. current optometric transcript - complete transcript when available;
    4. current NBEO transcript - complete transcript when available - copy is acceptable;
    5. three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your clinical abilities – an email version of the letter is acceptable.
  2. Register with ORMatch.
  3. Have an interview with members of the appropriate committee.
  4. Be enrolled in an optometry school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  

    Note:  For non-US citizens selected for residency training, all VISA-related expenses must be borne by the applicant.  At this time, the institution is not actively pursuing candidates who currently have or are only eligible for the H1B VISA. We acknowledge the limitations that this may cause for otherwise well qualified applicants, and we are dedicated to evaluating all viable options for the future.   

All candidates must be licensed or license-eligible in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prior to beginning the program on July 1. 

Additional Information can be obtained by writing or calling:

Michael Rebar, OD
Director, On-Campus Residency Programs
The Eye Institute
1200 W Godfrey Avenue
Philadelphia, PA  19141


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