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Residency & Fellowship Information

The College offers several different one-year post-doctoral residency programs. These programs are for the graduate optometrist who desires more advanced training in clinical care.

Residency programs are offered in accordance with the accreditation guidelines of the American Optometric Association (AOA) Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. Areas of emphasis include: 

  • Ocular Disease
  • Primary Eye Care
  • Primary Eye Care/Geriatrics
  • Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
  • Primary Eye Care/Low Vision
  • Community Health Optometry
  • Cornea and Contact Lenses
  • Pediatric Optometry



A total of thirty six (36) residency positions are in place in 2014-15.

Applicants for residency positions should be graduates of an accredited school or college of optometry, have excellent scholastic records, strong clinical performance and an interest in clinical education, research, or advanced patient care.

Mission Statement:  The mission of The New England College of Optometry (NECO) is to serve the optometric needs of the public by educating optometrists to the highest level of proficiency, integrity and professionalism. In keeping with this mission, the College offers several different one year post-graduate residency programs to qualified optometrists who desire more advanced training in clinical care. Each residency is based in Boston or at one of several facilities around the New England area, and involves direct patient care supplemented by clinical instruction and scholarly activities including clinical research. All programs are structured in accordance with the accreditation guidelines of the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).

Eligibility Statement:  In order to be eligible to enter a NECO optometric residency program, residency candidates must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Application Process:  Interested candidates should obtain information and application materials from the optometric residency matching service ORMatch website at: or contact the program supervisors at each site. All 2014-15 residents will be placed through ORMatch. The application deadline for all programs is January 31, 2014. Candidates will be notified of placement in early March.

Information about NECO Residency Programs can also be obtained from the this website at:, from the College's Director of Residencies, Dr. Hoffman via email at:,

Non-Discrimination Policy:  The New England College of Optometry and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers.  They do not and will not discriminate against any person because of race, color, creed, sex, religion, national origin, age or handicap.

2013-2014 Residency Roster
2013-2014 Residency Directory


Ocular Disease Residencies

Residency in Manchester, NH

Positions (2014-2015): [2]
Director: Nadia Zalatimo, OD
Optometry Section
Manchester VA Medical Center
Manchester, NH

Residency at Massachusetts Eye and Ear

Positions (2014-2015): [1]
Director: Amy Watts, OD
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
Boston, MA

Residency at White River Junction, VT

Positions (2014-2015): [3]
Director: Dorothy Hitchmoth, OD
Optometry section, VA Medical Center, White River Junction, VT

Primary Eye Care Residencies

Residency in Newington, CT

Positions (2014-2015): [3]
Director: Sharon Bisighini, OD
Optometry Service
VA Connecticut - Newington Campus
555 Willard Avenue
Newington, CT 06111

Residency at Togus, ME

Positions (2014-2015): [2]
Director: James Patrick Smith, OD
Optometry section, VA Medical Center, Togus, ME

Primary Eye Care/Geriatric Disease Residencies

Residency in Bedford, MA: Primary Eye Care/Geriatrics

Position (2014-2015): [2]
Director: Anna DeNardo, OD
Optometry Section
Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial VA Hospital
Bedford, MA


Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Residencies


Ocular Disease / Low Vision Rehbilitation in West Haven, CT

Positions (2014-2015): [4]
Director: Charles Haskes, OD and Nancy Shenouda-Awad, OD
V.A. Connecticut - West Haven Campus
West Spring Street
West Haven, CT 06516


Primary Care / Low Vision Rehbilitation in Jamaica Plain

Positions (2014-2015): [1]
Director: Nyssa Connell, OD
V.A. Jamaica Plain
South Huntington Street
Jamaica Plain, MA


Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Residencies

Residency in Brockton / West Roxbury / Jamaica Plain / Worcester  VAMC, MA

Positions (2014-2015): [9]
Director: Various
See description for address

Residency at VA New England Healthcare System, Providence Division, Providence, RI

Positions (2014-2015):  [1] 

Director: Claire T. Messina, OD, and Thomas P. Cesaro, OD

See description for address

Community Health Optometry

Residency in Roxbury, MA

Positions (2014-2015): [1]
Director: Angela Abraham, OD
The Dimock Center
Roxbury, MA

Residency in Dorchester, MA

Positions (2014-2015): [1]
Director: Douglas J. Hoffman, OD
Eye Care Service
Dorchester House Multi-Service Center
Dorchester, MA

Cornea & Contact Lens Residencies

Residency in Boston, MA

Positions (2014-2015): [2]
Director: Ronald Watanabe, OD
New England Eye Commonwealth
Boston, MA

Pediatric Residencies

Residency in Boston, MA

Positions (2014-2015): [2]
Director: Nicole Quinn, OD
424 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02215



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