Optometric Residency & Student Externship Program - Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates

Optometric Residency & Student Externship Program

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates is proud to be an accredited teaching facility with an Optometric Residency and Student Externship program.

The residency program is an ACOE certified Optometric program in Ocular disease.

The mission of our Optometric Residency and Student Extern program in ocular disease is to elevate the academic, clinical, and professional skills of the resident and student to enable the individual to be a leader in the profession of optometry.

Residency Program

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates’ ACOE certified optometry residency program in ocular disease is affiliated with Pennsylvania College of Optometry@Salus University. The program is based in Havre de Grace, Maryland.

Program Coordinator

At Program Site

David D. Reed, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Residency Program Coordinator
Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates, P.A.
2023 Pulasky Highway
Havre de Grace, MD 21078


At Optometric Institution

Shital Mani, O.D.
Director of Residency Programs
Pennsylvania College of Optometry@Salus University
8360 Old York Road
Elkins park, PA 19027

Program Mission

The mission of our Optometry Residency program in ocular disease is to elevate the clinical, academic, and professional skills of the resident to enable the individual to be a leader in the profession of optometry. The resident will obtain these skills in an optometric/ophthalmologic setting within the framework of multidisciplinary and comprehensive health care. The resident is afforded the opportunity to deliver the highest quality of eye care to thousands of people with a multitude of medical conditions. Life-long learning resources will be conveyed to the resident to enable the delivery of exceptional care throughout the professional’s career.

Description of Program

Full scope eye care with an emphasis on secondary and tertiary eye care. Direct patient care with an emphasis on treatment and management of ocular disease in a high volume, clinical, pathology practice. The program consists of independent and supervised interaction by optometry and ophthalmology to provide independent thinking in therapeutic management and co-management of a vast variety of ocular disease conditions.

Educational Opportunities


Direct patient care of thousands of clinical cases. They will also provide care with our retinal specialist, glaucoma specialist, pediatric/strabismus specialist, and cataract/refractive specialist. A large variety of procedures will be learned such as; fluorescein angiography, anterior segment photography, posterior segment photography, automated perimetry, OCT, specular microscopy, corneal topography, and surgical procedures. A large variety of surgical procedures will be observed for co-management such as; cataract, refractive, blepharoplasty, entropion, ectropion, chalazia, strabismus, retinal detachment, intravitreal injections, ALT, and trabeculectomy. Finally, the residents will participate in nursing home consults, hospital consults, and emergency call services, which allow for greater autonomy and independent learning.


Lectures and conferences regularly attended include; Seidenberg Protzko weekly lectures, Johns Hopkins Case Conferences, and PCO@Salus University. In addition, residents are expected to attend at least one major eye care conference; AOA, AAO, SECO, etc.

Teaching Responsibilities

Residents will provide orientation to student doctors regarding office equipment, procedures, protocols, and EHR.  They will also aid in the delivery of clinical care with student externs in the second half of the program year, as well as present cases, lectures, and moderate journal club.

Research and Scholarly Responsibilities

Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates is a national research center for glaucoma, dry eye, allergy, ocular infection, and ocular inflammation. The residents will participate in these studies throughout the program year.

The resident will prepare a research project/paper/poster of publishable quality.

Program Business Details


  •     Weekly hours: 40-45 hrs per week
  •     Program length: 53 weeks
  •     Start Date: last week of June through June 30 of the following year
  •     Salary/Stipend: Contact Site for details
  •     Benefits: medical & dental: contact site for details
  •     Benefits: 15 days paid leave: includes vacation, sick and interview time
  •     Benefits: paid holidays recognized by Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates
  •     Completion Acknowledgement: certificate from SP EYE and PCO@Saluus Curriculum Overview and Requirements for Completion
  •     Therapeutics: yes
  •     Ophthalmology Service: yes
  •     Date Program Established: January 1, 1997
  •     Accreditation Status: Accredited with next site visit scheduled for 2020
  •     Number of positions: 4
  •     Prerequisites:
  •     Good academic and clinical standing at the time of application.
  •     Graduate from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry.
  •     Must be a U.S. citizen or have a current working visa.
  •     Passage of all parts of the national board examinations by matriculation.
  •     Maryland license once entering the program.

Program Application

  •     Application Deadline: February 1st of any year
  •     Application must include:
  •     Letter of Intent
  •     Transcripts
  •     NBEO Scores: typically supplied by ORMS
  •     Letters of Recommendation appropriate for ocular disease program

How to Apply

Application materials and procedures for the residency program can be obtained by contacting:

David D. Reed, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Director, Residency Program
Seidenberg Protzko Eye Associates, P.A.
2023 Pulaski Highway
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
(410) 939-6477

Or complete our Online Letter of Interest Form.