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Northwest Eye Surgeons Dr. Matthew Niemeyer Memorial Residency in Ocular Disease

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Established: 2022

Number of positions: 1

Northwest Eye Surgeons

795 N. 5th Ave.

Sequim, WA 98382

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Residency Coordinator: Davina Kuhnline, OD

Attending Physicians: Kirk Thompson, OD; Maximilian Psolka, MD


The mission of this residency program is to advance the residents’ clinical expertise in diagnosis and management of a broad range of diseases and disorders of the eye, adnexa, and visual system and to promote a commitment to continued professional development.

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The program is located within a medical/surgical referral center in Sequim, Washington. The clinic has 9 exam lanes and is associated with an ambulatory surgery center.

  • Ensure the resident achieves advanced expertise in the diagnosis and management of diseases and disorders of the eye, adnexa, and visual system.
  • Ensure the resident obtains a broad exposure to ophthalmic subspecialties.
  • Ensure the resident obtains experience discussing management of patient care with other care providers.
  • Promote an interest and understanding of the value of continued professional development.
  • The resident will experience no less than 2,000 patient encounters in a secondary care setting, will practice to the full extent of their licensure, and will make referrals when appropriate.
  • The resident will order laboratory tests or imaging studies as needed.
  • The resident will see scheduled patients and emergency add-on patients.
  • The resident will provide after hours on-call coverage no more than 1 week per month.
  • The resident will acquire hands-on experience in techniques such as gonioscopy, epilation, punctal plug placement, foreign body removal, rust ring removal, OCT interpretation, VF interpretation, fundus photography, pachymetry, and cranial nerve testing.
  • The resident will observe ophthalmic subspecialties in clinic and/or surgery approximately one day per month.
  • The resident will prepare and present to colleagues two lectures that are 50 minutes in length.
  • The resident will attend the American Academy of Optometry Meeting.
  • The resident will prepare a publishable quality research paper or case report and will be encouraged to present this at a national optometric meeting.
  • The resident will participate in journal article review once per month on average.
  • The resident will attend case reviews once per month on average.
  • The resident will prepare and deliver at least two 15 minute staff training lectures.
  • The resident will complete one surgical or clinical outcomes analysis.
  • The resident will participate in the Optometric Physicians of Washington.
  • The resident will complete quarterly self-assessments and semi-annual site assessments.

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The residency starts July 1 and terminates June 30.

Clinic hours are Monday through Friday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. The resident will spend 4.5 days per week on direct patient care (other than observational experiences). At least, one half day per week will be spent on other didactic or scholarly activities as outlined in this document.

The majority of the time will be spent at the Sequim office. However, travel to other offices will be necessary for observational experiences (approximately 12 times per year).


Clinical Activities

Direct patient care

Subspecialty observation

Surgical observation


Didactic Activities

Journal review once per month on average

Case review once per month on average

Workshop once per month on average


Scholarly Activities

Publishable quality research paper or case report

50 minute lecture (x2) for colleagues

15 minute lecture (x2) for staff

Attend American Academy of Optometry Meeting

Surgical or Clinical Outcomes Analysis



Stipend: $55,000

Paid leave: 5 days

Paid holidays: 8 days

Paid time off to attend American Academy of Optometry Meeting: 4 days*

(*Additional time off for CE or other activities may be granted by NWES)

Continuing education stipend: $1,000

Healthcare insurance

Malpractice insurance


AOA, OPW, and local society dues ($35 for OD residents)



Note that all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

  • Applicants must have earned an OD degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an accredited school or college of optometry.
  • Applicants must have taken and passed Parts I, II, and III of the NBEO.
  • The applicant must have a valid WA license to practice optometry, or has met the necessary requirements to have a valid WA license, by July 01.
  • Applicants must register with the Optometry Residency Match program.
  • A personal interview is required. The applicant should contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Davina Kuhnline) to schedule an appointment for the interview.
  • Applicants must be citizens of the United States of America.

Required paperwork for residency applicants to be sent to Dr. Davina Kuhnline, Residency Coordinator:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter of intent
  • Three (3) letters of recommendation preferably from instructors who are familiar with your clinical work
  • Official optometry school transcripts up to the time of your application
  • Official NBEO transcripts
  • The Residency Coordinator and attending physicians decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and recommendation letters. Applicants are scored in each category as Unsatisfactory, Satisfactory, Above Satisfactory, and Exceptional. Candidates are ranked according to the following categories and weight:
    GPA 20%
    NBEO Scores 20%
    Letters of Recommendation 20%
    Interview 40%
  • Final candidates’ selections are reviewed by the Assistant Dean of Residencies and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.
  • ORMatch contacts the Residency Coordinator with the results of the match.
  • The Residency Coordinator contacts the matched candidate within 1 week to confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.


  • Patient care must be satisfactory or outstanding with steady improvement throughout the residency, based on attending physician and Residency Coordinator evaluations.
  • The resident is required to write a research paper or case report of publishable quality suitable for submission to a peer-reviewed professional journal.
  • Write and present 2 continuing education lectures that are each 50 minutes in length.
  • Give 2 educational lectures to staff that are each 15 minutes in length.
  • Complete 1 Surgical or Clinical Outcomes Analysis.
  • The resident is required to attend 1 national optometric educational meeting (American Academy of Optometry).
  • The resident is required to submit all paperwork and evaluations in a timely manner.


The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE - - 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd. - St. Louis, MO - 63141) has accredited the program in 2023. The next currently scheduled site visit will take place in June 2031.




Davina Kuhnline, OD

Residency Coordinator

Northwest Eye Surgeons

795 N. 5th Ave.

Sequim, WA 98382

360-683-2010 •• Fax: 360-683-2320 •• email:


Judy W.H. Tong, OD, FAAO

Assistant Dean of Residencies

Southern California College of Optometry at

Marshall B. Ketchum University

2575 Yorba Linda Blvd., Fullerton, CA 92831

714.463.7568 •• Fax: 714.992.7811 •• email:



My Huynh, OD 


Tara Shakeri, OD