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Residency Programs

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An optometric residency is an additional year of post-graduate clinical education that can be pursued by optometrists who desire to advance their patient care abilities beyond entry level practice. Residency training typically includes supervised clinical care, and learning opportunities such as grand rounds, teaching experiences, scholarship and self-directed learning.

There are 11 types of optometric residencies as determined by the program curriculum. Learn more about optometric residencies from ASCO.

New England College of Optometry Residency Programs

There’s a lot of value in post-graduate training. It provides you with more expertise and more job opportunities. It’s a credential that is recognized when you’re competing for a good job. Your patients get better care if you’re more competent and have more advanced skills. And you’re going to enjoy your career more if you have the ability to do more.

Douglas Hoffman ‘80, OD, FAAO, Director of Residencies

The New England College of Optometry offers 15 specific one year residency programs throughout New England that include 39 total positions. These programs include primary care, as well as ocular disease, cornea/contact lens, pediatric optometry, and community health optometry.

Each residency program is unique and consists of a specific clinical, didactic, and and educational curriculum. NECO’s residencies are designed to provide cutting edge experiences that prepare the residents for challenging and rewarding careers in unique clinical venues.

All programs are structured in accordance with the accreditation guidelines of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). NECO residents have gone on to a variety of careers including hospital-based optometry, specialty optometric practices, and optometric education.

Residency Directory and Rosters

Learn more about our current residency opportunities by exploring viewing the specific Residency Program descriptions or viewing the current Residency Directory.

For a full list of residents, view the residents rosters: 

Residency Eligibility

Residency candidates must be graduates of an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry.

Residency Application Process

Interested candidates should obtain information and application instructions from the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) or by contacting the program supervisors at each site. All residents will be placed through ORMatch. The application deadline for all programs is January 31. Candidates will be notified of placement in early March.

Information about NECO’s residency programs can also be obtained from the Director of Residencies, Dr. Doug Hoffman or from the Assistant Director of Residencies, Dr. Nicole Quinn.

Non-Discrimination Policy

NECO and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers. They do not and will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age or handicap.

Additional information about optometric residencies is available at The Association for Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) and the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch).