Cornea/Contact Lenses

Type: Cornea and Contact Lenses

Number of Positions: 1

Location: Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, MI

Mission: The optometry residency in cornea and contact lenses at the Michigan College of Optometry will provide post doctorate clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of corneal conditions, with an emphasis in specialty Contact Lenses. This residency will equip the resident with the necessary tools for life long learning, thereby enabling continued advanced level competency throughout his/her professional career. The residency will emphasize the trainee’s responsibility for future contributions to the profession of optometry, particularly in the contact lens specialty area by instilling in its residents a professional and scientific attitude. Upon successful completion of this program, the resident will pursue a professional career in contact lens practice, or refractive surgery co-management, or optometric contact lens education and/or clinical research.

 Residency Supervisor:

Bruce Morgan, OD, FAAO
Michigan College of Optometry
1124 South State Street
Big Rapids, MI 49307
231.591.2180 - telephone
231.591.2394 - fax
[email protected]

Program Information


    Goal 1: To provide extensive and varied clinical experience. 

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will assume primary responsibility for the care and follow up of their patients.

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to a sufficient number and diversity of patient encounters to feel competent in the design, fitting, and problem-solving of both relatively easy-to-fit and challenging cases such as presbyopia, keratoconus, high astigmatism, corneal reshaping and post-surgical.

    • Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to corneal reshaping patients and feel competent in the techniques of fitting, troubleshooting and follow-up of these patients.

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to pre- and post-surgical refractive surgery patients by participating in patient care at a refractive surgery site.

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to a sufficient number of primary care patients to enhance clinical decision-making.

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will appropriately refer and/or co-manage patients while providing patient care in a group ophthalmological-optometric practice and in the Primary Care and Contact Lens Clinics at MCO on-campus Clinic.

    • The resident will participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students.

    Goal 2: To develop the resident’s abilities to educate and instruct others.

    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will co-manage both contact lens and primary care patients with third and fourth year optometry students.

    • The resident will attend seminars on writing for publication, medical record documentation and other skill sets needed for oral presentations.

    • The resident will coordinate and conduct a grand rounds seminar to fourth year students rotating through the contact lens service.

    • The resident will develop a new seminar on a contact lens topic and present it for fourth year contact lens students during their rotations through the contact lens service.

    • The resident will participate and assist in weekly seminars to fourth year students. With time the resident will assume more responsibility and will present a minimum of 2 seminars each rotation (one existing seminar and one newly-developed seminar), starting in the fall rotation.

    • The resident will organize and serve as a workshop instructor at workshops throughout the year. These include the annual RGP Lens Institute Workshop, the CooperVision Soft Toric Workshop, and the X-Cel RGP Workshop.

    • The resident may take elective classes on campus or with the school, such as Ocular Photography and Research Methods.

    Goal 3: To improve the resident’s understanding of experimental design (research processes and protocols) and statistical analysis, and to apply this knowledge in critical review of the ophthalmic literature.

    • The resident will conduct and coordinate clinical research studies, primarily pertaining to rigid gas permeable (RGP) contact lenses.

    • The resident will perform a current review of the literature each semester (at minimum 2 per resident year, fall and winter) and provide the reviewed abstracts to all third and fourth year optometry students and contact lens faculty members.

    • The resident will develop critical thinking skills and write a minimum of one manuscript of publishable quality.

    • The resident will attend, at minimum, one scientific professional meeting that may include the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry, American Optometric Association, or equivalent regional congress (ie. SECO, etc.).

    • The resident will be encouraged to present a poster or paper at a national meeting.

    Goal 4: To cultivate a commitment to the profession of optometry.

    • The resident will participate in meetings of the West Michigan Optometric Society and will attend lectures in the contact lens course presented by prominent local practitioners.

    • The resident will be exposed to community and professional organizations and will be given the opportunity to participate.

    Goal 5: To gain expertise in advanced technical skills

    • The resident will become proficient in obtaining and interpretation of topography records.

    • The resident will become proficient in diagnostic and therapeutic anterior segment procedures.

    • The resident will become proficient in problem solving complications of contact lenses.

    Goal 6: Develop skills/tools necessary to care for patients with complex problems.

    • The resident will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enhance their ability to form differential diagnoses and management plans.

    • The resident will improve his/her knowledge of basic and medical sciences and apply this knowledge in the evaluation, diagnosis and management of patients.

  • Approximately four to eight hours per week is allotted for professional self-development. This includes time to work on grants, examine clinical research subjects, review the literature to abstract articles, prepare for the weekly seminars or working on a research paper.



    The resident is expected to be present 10 half days each week. When the clinic is closed, or there are no patients scheduled, the resident should use this time to work on clinical studies, literature reviews for the newsletter, writing projects, new seminars and Contact Lens Service responsibilities.

    The resident is expected to provide coverage and or supervision of fourth year students during school breaks for contact lens and primary care patients. The resident will be notified in advance of any on-call assignments.

  • Scholarly Activities:

    The resident is required to present a poster or paper at a nationally recognized professional meeting, and prepare a manuscript of publishable quality, and participate in an ongoing clinical study at the Michigan College of Optometry in order to fulfill the requirements of residency certification. Residents with the intent to submit a poster/paper for presentation at a refereed meeting (AAO, SECO, ARVO) will be eligible for a $500 travel scholarship from the Michigan College of Optometry and are granted five educational leave days. Additional scholarly activities will include participation in evidence based virtual grand rounds, didactic instruction of third year optometry students at MCO, and lectures/case presentations.

    Didactic Activities:

    At least once yearly, the resident will be required to present a lecture or case presentation to students, staff and/or colleagues at a collaborative venue with the affiliate, Michigan College of Optometry. Resident will also participate in distance learning activities offered by MCO (virtual grand rounds through WebCT).

    The resident is encouraged to attend local continuing educational offerings, as well as courses offered through Michigan College of Optometry and the Michigan Optometric Association. The resident is also encouraged to attend the American Academy of Optometry’s annual meeting and/or East West Conference Annual Meetings.

  • The University Eye Center (UEC) is a full-service eye care clinic located within the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) at Ferris State University. The clinic services University employees, students, the Big Rapids community, and Northern/Western Michigan. In addition to providing comprehensive care, the UEC has specialty clinics in the following areas: Ocular Disease, Pre- and Post-Surgical Care, Specialty Contact Lenses, Pediatrics, and Binocular Vision & Vision Therapy. Each specialty clinic is run by dedicated doctors who are leaders in their areas of expertise, and often receive referrals from practitioners all over the state of Michigan.
    • Employment for a 12 months period commencing on July 1 and ending June 30 of the residency year
    • Stipend of $31,000
    • Medical and malpractice insurance
    • Ten leave days for personal/professional activitiesAn appropriate amount of leave for illness. Extended sick leave requires documentation of medical necessity from the resident’s physician
    • To serve as a resident for the entire period specified above
    • To perform to the best of his/her abilities in all assigned duties
    • To maintain and complete supervisor evaluations, patient logs, etc.
    • To complete one publishable quality paper
    • To maintain standards of competence in clinical practice
    • To act in a professional manner at all times
    • To observe all rules and regulations of the Michigan College of Optometry including:
    • Practice within the scope of clinical privileges
    • Practice according to the rules of residency supervision
    • To refrain from participating in any activities (personal or other employment related) that would interfere with the effective performance of all assigned duties and responsibilities
    • To refuse fees or payment in any form from patients, staff physicians or others