OSU College of Optometry Opens Eighth Accredited Residency Program

BuckEye News Spring 2012

Opt IV students have rotated through the Erdey Searcy Eye Group on the far East side of  Columbus for 14 years; but now the College is pleased to announce a new accredited residency program in Ocular Disease at that practice location beginning July 1, 2012.

The practice was founded in 1992 by Richard A. Erdey, MD, as a comprehensive ophthalmology practice. In 1998, Dr. Erdey signed a Memorandum of Affiliation with the college which allowed fourth-year optometry students to rotate through his practice to gain additional knowledge and experience in the area of ocular diseases. Gregory D. Searcy, MD joined the practice in 1999, Daryl D. Kaswinkel, MD in 2008; and over the past 14 years, dozens of OSU optometry graduates have learned how to diagnose and manage patients with ocular diseases under the tutelage of Drs Erdey,  Searcy, Kaswinkel and many staff optometrists there:  Patrick Janson (OD ’95), Kasey Huffman (OD ’00), Matthew Neal (OD ’01), Jonelle Knapp (OD ’04), Douglas Bosner (OD ’02), Philip Arner (OD, MS ‘06),  and Xuan Pham (OD ’10). According the Dr. Huffman, who now serves as the new residency coordinator,

“The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Erdey Searcy Eye Group is to provide a unique post-doctoral experience, both clinical and didactic, in ocular disease diagnosis and treatment to an exceptional optometric graduate. Graduates of this residency are trained to deliver superlative clinical care, to serve as educators in optometric institutions and within the community at large, and are able to pursue professional opportunities requiring a high level of clinical expertise.”

Dr. Robert D. Newcomb (OD ’71, MPH), the college’s Residency Director, said, “Our first resident at the Erdey Searcy Eye Group will likely see over 1,500 patients with cataract, glaucoma, anterior segment disease, retinal disease, neuro-ophthalmic disease, iritis, and many other ocular and systemic conditions.  We look forward to working with the Erdey Searcy Eye Group’s new residency program for many years to come, because residency training is becoming a very popular one-year post-graduate career choice immediately after graduation.”

Like all of the other seven residency programs at the college, this newest one is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric education. For additional information about all of the college’s residency programs, please visit our website at http://optometry.osu.edu/residency 

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