Dear Potential Residency Applicant,

Thank you for visiting our residency web pages.  I hope that the information provided raises your interest in these life-changing educational programs!

A residency is a year of advanced post-optometric degree clinical training that allows the resident to work closely with a mentor to vastly increase the resident’s knowledge and experience. The benefits to the resident’s confidence and skills are immense. This concentrated training serves to propel the resident forward in becoming an expert in his or her chosen area. 

I encourage you to explore our web pages to learn more about each of our seven amazing residency programs which offer a total of 12 residency positions.  Our in-house residency programs include:  Family Practice, Pediatric Optometry, and Cornea & Contact Lenses.  Our affiliated residency programs offer advanced clinical training in the areas of Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry, Hospital-Based/Primary Care Optometry, and Ocular Disease.  All UABSO residency programs are accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education of the American Optometric Association.

I strongly encourage you to consider residency education, and to consider it early in your education.  The earlier you begin researching the various types of programs, the more time you will have to find out the details of the programs that sound good to you, visit those programs, and make yourself a “short list” prior to application time in Fall of your fourth year.   And for those of you who are already practicing ODs  - residency education isn’t just for recent graduates.  A residency is a great way to learn a specialty area of optometry you have always wanted to know more about and take a major step in recreating yourself professionally.

Ready to apply to one of our programs?  Please visit the ORMatch residency matching service website at to find out the application instructions and deadlines. 

I hope that the information on these web pages is helpful and answers most of your questions.  If you still have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me or the Residency Supervisor for the particular program in which you are interested. 

Again, thank you for your interest. We look forward to hearing from you!


Caroline Beesley Pate, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Director of Residency Programs
UAB School of Optometry