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Residency Programs

An optometric residency is a post-doctoral educational program centered on clinical training that results in the resident’s attainment of advanced competencies in a focused area of optometry.

NECO offers 43 paid-positions in 19 affiliated residencies throughout New England, making it one of the largest networks of residencies. NECO programs include advanced training in community-based centers and VAs as well as other prestigious organizations.

NECO and its affiliates are equal opportunity employers and do not discriminate based on race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

Residency Application Details

Applicants must be graduates of an ACOE accredited optometry program.

Complete your application by January 31, 2024, through ORMatch. The deadline to submit application materials to individual programs varies and can be found in the residency descriptions. Candidates will be notified of placement in March.

Residencies & Fellowship

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Residency Opportunities

An optometric residency is an additional year of post-graduate clinical education that can be pursued by optometrists that desire advanced clinical training in a focused area of optometry.

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Fellowship Opportunity

A research fellowship in optometry allows you to receive specialized training and prepares you for a career in academia, research, or clinical practice.

The Facts

  • 43


    offered to our students throughout New England.

  • 19

    residencies available

    NECO offers residencies in cornea and contact lens, ocular disease, pediatric optometry, primary care optometry, and vision rehabilitation.

  • 27%

    of NECO graduates

    go onto a fifth year of training.

Contact Us

Contact the Program Coordinator of each site for details related to the individual program.

Residency Programs

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO, Director of Residencies
Diane Russo, OD, MPH, MBA, FAAO, Associate Director of Residencies