Ten members of the UAB School of Optometry Class of 2017 have accepted residency positions and will receive advanced clinical education in specialty areas of optometry in the 2017-2018 academic year.

The students entering residency represent 28 percent of the Class of 2017, which is higher than the national rate of 20 percent of optometry students who pursue specialty training. Three students in the Class of 2017 will enter programs affiliated with the School.

Here are students of the Class of 2017 entering residencies in accredited programs across the US:

Sarah Berry
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Chillicothe/Columbus VA Medical Center (Columbus, Ohio)

Lashaundra Dangerfield
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Veronica Ferris-Metzger

Pediatric Optometry at Children’s Hospital of Colorado (Aurora, Colorado)

Courtney Hazelwood
Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation/Pediatric Optometry at Neuro-Vision Associates of North Texas (Plano, Texas)

Andrew Ho
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at Gallup Indian Medical Center (Gallup, New Mexico)

Christopher Lee
Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham VA Medical Center (Birmingham, Alabama)

Christina Nguyen-Canter
Primary Eye Care at the Indiana University School of Optometry (Westfield, Indiana)

Nathania Nhouyvanisvong
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at Chinle Hospital (Chinle, Arizona)

Kate Oliver
Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Kansas City VA Medical Center (Kansas City, Missouri)

Ellen Prewitt
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

Part of the School’s mission is to educate optometry students, residents and future scientists, and therefore places significant emphasis on residency education and encourages its students to pursue advanced clinical education through optometric residency programs.

The School offers three in-house residency programs, which include Family Practice Optometry, Cornea and Contact Lenses, and Pediatric Optometry. Four programs affiliated with the School are also offered: Geriatric and Low Vision Rehabilitative Optometry at the Birmingham Affairs Medical Center, Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Ocular Disease at Omni Eye Services of Atlanta. and Ocular Disease at VisionAmerica of Birmingham.