Residency Program

Azul Vision, in affiliation with Marshall B. Ketchum University Southern California College of Optometry, offers a one-year optometry residency program (two positions) in the specialty of ocular disease.

The mission of this residency program is to provide optometric practitioners with the experience, skills, training, and knowledge necessary to develop advanced competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases and disorders of the visual system and eye problems.

Program Goals:

  1. To ensure that the resident acquires sufficient experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the ocular and visual systems.
  2. To ensure that the resident develops advanced skills and competence in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the ocular and visual systems.
  3. To ensure that the resident develops advanced knowledge in order to diagnose, treat, and manage diseases of the ocular and visual systems. To reinforce and expand the resident’s knowledge base in ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease.
  4. To ensure that the resident obtains experience working with subspecialty ophthalmic providers in order to develop an understanding of his/her role in the comprehensive eye care of a patient.
  5. To instill in the resident the importance and value of professional development.

Program Objectives:

Testimonials

"After interning for 3 months as a student, I knew that the residency program offered by Azul Vision was going to help advance my critical thinking skills, knowledge and patient care as a new grad."

— Nayiri Abnous, O.D.

(Resident, 2021-22)

“Azul Vision draws a diverse and complex patient population, making it a perfect opportunity to train and gain experience in diagnosing and managing intellectually complex and challenging cases.”

— Talin Khachatoor, O.D.

(Resident, 2020-21)

“This residency helped fuel my love for optometric learning and assisting patients. I experienced a diverse range of exam encounters, patient demographics and ocular findings during my time here.”

— Timothy Hammill, O.D.

(Resident, 2022-23)

“The program provided many opportunities for collaborative care given the diverse range of cases that required consultations with subspecialists.”

— Shabnam Habibi, O.D.
(Resident, 2022-23)

“Azul Vision draws a diverse and complex patient population, making it a perfect opportunity to train and gain experience in diagnosing and managing intellectually complex and challenging cases.”

— Talin Khachatoor, O.D.

(Resident, 2020-21)

“This residency helped fuel my love for optometric learning and assisting patients. I experienced a diverse range of exam encounters, patient demographics and ocular findings during my time here.”

— Timothy Hammill, O.D.
(Resident, 2022-23)

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Program Schedule:

The residency will be one year in length, typically from August 1 - July 31.

Clinic hours are from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday-Friday. A typical week will consist of:

Azul Vision is proud to welcome Dr. Austin Hoy and Dr. Agatha Sleboda
to its Residency Program!

Dr. Austin Hoy was born in Toronto, Canada where he grew up playing ice hockey and discovering his passion for Optometry. He completed his undergraduate studies in Biology at the University of Waterloo, where he was the president of the pre-optometry club. Dr. Hoy is a proud graduate of the Pacific University College of Optometry in Oregon where he was involved in a variety of clubs and intramural sports teams. He strives to provide high quality eye care and effective communication for his patients. Dr. Hoy is excited to become part of the Azul Vision team and serve the Inland Empire community.
Dr. Agatha Sleboda is a New York native who grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She earned her Doctor of Optometry degree from the State University of New York College of Optometry. Dr. Sleboda provides comprehensive eye care to patients of all ages, treats ocular conditions, and co-manages pre- and post-operative surgical care. She is passionate about promoting health literacy within her community by building meaningful connections focused on patient education and preventative care. In her free time, Dr. Sleboda enjoys yoga, traveling, and cooking.

Sub-Specialties:

The resident will have the opportunity to observe and work with the sub-specialists in their various clinics on a weekly basis. The resident will also have the opportunity to observe ocular surgery.

The sub-specialties include:

Congratulations to our recent grads!

To ensure that the resident acquires sufficient experience in the diagnosis, treatment, and management of diseases of the ocular and visual systems.
Dr. Shabnam Habibi was mentored by Dr. Rex Villegas
through our Los Angeles program.
Dr. Timothy Hammill was mentored by Dr. Matthew Diggory through our Inland Empire program.

Teaching Responsibilities:

The resident will have the opportunity to precept 4th-year optometry interns throughout the academic year.
Azul Vision currently supports two optometry interns.

Didactic Activities:

  • Optometry seminars/lectures will be held every Thursday or Friday afternoon.
  • Lectures will be conducted by adjunct clinical faculty from Marshall B. Ketchum University.
  • The seminars are attended by MBKU residents from local residency programs.

Scholarly Activities:

Application Requirements:

All applicants must apply on the Optometry Residency Match website. The application deadline is January 31. 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.

Required Paperwork for Residency Applicants:

For more information about this program, please contact:

Residency Coordinator (Los Angeles)
Email: [email protected]
Residency Coordinator (Inland Empire)
Email: [email protected]
For more information about Marshall B. Ketchum University, please visit their website..
For more information about the Residency Match Service, please visit ORMatch..
For more information about other optometry residency programs, please visit ASCO's website..