Nicole Quinn, OD
Stacey Keppol, OD
Shannon Bligdon, OD
Stacy Lyons, OD
Background: Knowledge regarding the perceived impact of optometric residency training on a future career path is limited. Methods: Fourth-year optometry students, residents and alumni from the New England College of Optometry were surveyed regarding perceived benefits of residency training and career path. Results: Students and residents shared similar reasons for pursuing residency training and preferred similar modes of practice to residency-trained alumni. The mode of practice chosen and degree of participation in professional activities differs between alumni who completed residency training and those who did not. Conclusions: Survey respondents shared similar views regarding the perceived benefits of residency training and its impact on a future career.
Key Words: optometry residency, optometric education, mode of practice