How To Apply

Application Procedures

All Applicants must complete and return application forms and submit supporting documentation to Nathan Cheung, OD, Duke Residency Director by January 31st each year.  

This program uses the Optometry Residency Match. Applicants must complete the ORMatch application

Supporting documentation includes:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Current Transcript
  • A brief essay stating reasons for applying to this program.
  • Three letters of recommendation are required. It is requested that one of the letters come from someone outside the profession of optometry/ophthalmology.

If selected as one of the finalists, the applicant will be invited for a personal interview by the residency selection committee. 

Requirements to be considered include: 

  • Applicant must have earned an OD degree or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometry Education.

  • Applicant will furnish an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

  • Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, all examinations required for North Carolina licensure and furnish official transcripts when available.

  • Participation in the program is contingent on successful completion of the North Carolina Optometric Licensing exam.  Failure to obtain and maintain a license in good standing with the North Carolina Optometry board would be course for immediate termination from the program.

  • Duke School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Southern College of Optometry affirm that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin.