Additional Information


Once the resident is licensed in the state of North Carolina, completes his/her onboarding process with Duke and becomes fully credentialed, he/she will have one day per week or two half days per week in our comprehensive ophthalmology service to maintain and hone their primary care optometry skills.


Additional employment (moonlighting) during the tenure of this residency is not permitted without prior consent of the Duke University optometry residency director.


The residency program is one calendar year in length from August 1st to July 31st. The stipend is

$50,000 and will be paid out on a monthly basis. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. Benefits associated with this appointment are defined in the policies of Duke University. The resident will be given the opportunity to purchase health insurance through the Payroll and Benefits Service Center. If the resident should choose to decline, proof of health insurance coverage must be provided.


Ten days of vacation and ten sick days are provided to the resident. In addition, there will be 8 recognized holidays in which the clinics will be closed: New Year’s Day,  Martin Luther King Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving,  and Christmas Day. Vacation days can be used at the resident’s discretion, but they must be requested sixty (60) days in advance so that scheduling changes can be accommodated. In addition to the aforementioned vacation days, the resident will be expected to see patients if/when the residency director is not in clinic.

Six days of educational leave are provided. These days are intended to allow the resident to attend meetings pertaining to his/her residency training. The resident must submit a request in advance to attend educational/professional meetings. The director will then approve or disapprove the request. If the director approves the request, the leave request is then forwarded to the Director of Residency Programs (DRP), who is responsible for tracking the resident’s leave balance. If the resident has a leave balance sufficient to cover the request, the DRP will approve the request and forward the appropriate copies of the form to the resident and director. The resident and director are responsible for notifying the Director of clinical operations of the days that the resident will not be available to provide clinical services.

Duke University provides a small stipend of $1000 for meeting registration, housing or transportation costs for the resident. Additionally, it is encouraged that travel grants/scholarships provided by the specific meetings (AOA, AAO, etc.) be applied for in advance.


There are no on-call duties for this resident.


The resident will be encouraged to assist or to participate in any on-going laboratory and/or clinical investigation(s) initiated by Duke University faculty members. The resident will also be encouraged to generate their own studies/seminal work, but it will not be required for successful completion of their residency program.


The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Duke Residency Director and SCO Director of Residency Programs. Approximately 40 hours per week will be assigned.

The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts. Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Duke, the Director of Residency Programs (SCO), and the Residency Committee when appropriate.

The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentations at the annual Resident Weekend and held on the campus at SCO. Additionally, the resident is expected to give a presentation at a Duke Community Education Series.

The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those properties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the specific clinic locations and Southern College of Optometry.

The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Director of the Pediatric Residency and the Director of Residency Programs (SCO) will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.

Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Duke University or Southern College of Optometry, or for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.


The Duke Pediatric Optometry Residency has achieved accreditation from the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) following the guidelines of the US Department of Education. 


Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion from the Southern College of Optometry and Duke University.


The resident reports to the Director of the pediatric residency program at Duke University. The Director at Duke reports directly to the SCO Director of Residency Programs who in turn reports directly to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.