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How does RESIDENCY work?

Discussion in 'Optometry' started by Clovers, Apr 15, 2007.

  1. Clovers

    Clovers Member 5+ Year Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    Do you get pay during residency? Do you have to do some kind of research in order to finish residency? Do you have to be at the top 10% of your class?
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  3. IndianaOD

    IndianaOD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007

    Most residencies pay around 30k with benefits. It may be different, but at IU you are required to do some research and write-up of publishable quality. You don't have to be at a certain class rank, but they do take GPA and boards scores into account.
  4. rpames

    rpames Optometrist 10+ Year Member

    Apr 30, 2000
    Oshkosh, WI
    Some positions are more competitive to get than others, but if you really want one, you can get one somewhere. There are places all over that don't match for a year. If you are willing to go anywhere, you can get one regardless of rank, GPA, etc....well with in reason of course.
  5. optisforme

    optisforme 5+ Year Member

    Nov 7, 2006
    which residencies are more competitive? for ex. is getting a residency in pediatrics harder than getting a residency for low vision? thanks!
  6. IndianaOD

    IndianaOD 2+ Year Member

    Feb 14, 2007
    This is very dependent unpon the year. There are several residencies that are always in high demand due to their reputation. For example, the Huntington WV VA hospital had 25 applicants for their 3 slots last year. Some other residencies didn't match at all or only had a few applicants.

    If you are serious about a residency just do your best to keep your GPA and boards scores high.

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