Welcome and thank you for expressing interest in the residency programs affiliated with The Ohio State University College of Optometry.

The Ohio State University College of Optometry is affiliated with several postgraduate residency programs. Our programs offer residents a wide variety of optometric experiences and all have been accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association, accredit@theacoe.org.

We offer residency programs in ocular disease, contact lens, and pediatric optometry.

All of our programs are listed with the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch), https://natmatch.com/ormatch/. To build a diverse workforce, we encourage applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. We are an EEO/AA employer.

Frequently Asked Questions

As a 1st year student, you need to concentrate on your studies. You also need to investigate the different focus areas in optometry and think about where your interests lie.

You do not need to make any decisions at this time, but you should start considering life after graduation and what you want your future to look like in optometry.

A year has flown by and now you are starting to enter into your specialization coursework. As you go through this year and start optometric patient care, you need to really start to think about what areas interest you the most, what you find fascinating, or what you are becoming passionate about in optometry.

You need to start investigating residencies and research the different programs available on the ASCO and ORMatch sites. You still do not need to make any decisions yet, but the more you look into the programs, the better idea you will have about the options available to you.

You are now officially seeing patients multiple times a week, 52 weeks of the year, and starting to enter into specialty clinics. While you still have one more year of studies ahead of you, in a blink it will be gone. This is the time when you need to be actively thinking about what programs interest you the most, what area(s) do you want to focus on once you graduate, and where you want to practice optometry.

You need to take a closer look at the residency programs, see if there is anything new, or if your interests have changed with your experiences in clinic. As you look at the programs, you need to think about practical information, such as location, area of focus, types of encounters, etc. Maybe you want to move back home to work in a private practice in northern Kentucky and so a residency near Cincinnati would allow you to start networking for a job. Or if you know that you want to work with under-served populations, perhaps a community health clinic is a better fit for your career goals.

While you are considering and investigating the residency programs, you should look into attending residency networking events such as at the American Optometric Associate or American Academy of Optometry meetings.

This is it, your final year! Now is the time to make a decision on what residency programs you want to apply for. If you have had the chance to investigate the programs, you are ahead of the game and just need to focus on getting everything completed and submitted on time.

If this is your first time looking into the residency programs, don’t panic, your still have time! Think about your future, your goals, your passions within optometry and let that be your launch pad as you investigate the residency programs available to you.

Even if you did this in a previous year, I would encourage you to attend some residency networking at events such as the American Optometric Associate or American Academy of Optometry meetings. Those interactions could be very impactful in the upcoming few months, both in terms of your decision as to which programs to apply for as well as their decision to select you for an interview.

Here are the dates that you need to keep in mind this year:

  • Early October: ORMatch officially opens for the next year
  • End of December: All registrations and applications should be submitted. Many programs have application deadlines into January, but earlier applicants tend to have a better pick of interview dates
  • January and February: Residency interviews take place
  • March: Residency match results are released
  • May/June: Graduation!
  • End of June/Early July: Residency programs starts

**Before June 15, accepted applicants should forward to the Residency Director (Dr. Dawn Goedde) at The Ohio State University College of Optometry:

  1. Evidence of the award of the OD degree from an accredited school or college of optometry.
  2. Transcripts showing successful completion of the NBEO examination, and
  3. Evidence of intent to take the State Board of Optometry licensing examination in the state in which residency program will be completed.

Successful completion of the program requires obtaining a state optometry license.

All applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Additional Questions

If you have specific questions concerning any of our residency programs, please contact Dr. Dawn Goedde by phone at 614-247-7889 or by email at goedde.11@osu.edu.

If you have specific questions concerning any of the graduate clinical programs, please contact Dr. Heather Anderson, Graduate Studies Chair at 614-247-5825, Anderson.3881@osu.edu, or write:

The Ohio State University College of Optometry
338 W. 10th Avenue
Columbus OH 43210