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Low Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: The Eye Institute of Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: The Eye Institute
1200 West Godfrey Ave.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19141
Phone Number: (215) 276-6180
Fax Number: (215) 276-6276
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1978
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency at The Eye Institute is to recruit a qualified graduating or graduate optometrist; to train the entry level graduate optometrist to provide patient care, including advanced low vision rehabilitative care, to patients with a broad range of ophthalmic disorders and ocular diseases; to train the resident to evaluate and manage patients with visual impairment, multiple impairments, and developmental disabilities; to provide an orientation and didactic program throughout the year; to promote development of skills as an educator and self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish. The nature of the patient population at The Eye Institute provides the foundation for the resident to hone entry-level skills to an advanced level and to cultivate new skills and knowledge as well. The resident is able to achieve the objectives of the program through an appropriate level of supervision and support of a highly trained clinical faculty of optometrists and general and subspecialty ophthalmologists leading to clinical independence.

Program Description:

The residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation is an intensive 52 or 54 week educational program at The Eye Institute. The William Feinbloom Vision Rehabilitation Center provides low vision rehabilitation services to individuals with visual impairments at the Center and through its community outreach program. Through an interdisciplinary team, the Center provides comprehensive low vision evaluation and management services. These services may include the prescription of specialized optical devices and adaptive technology systems, as well as rehabilitative services to facilitate more efficient use of residual vision in vocational, educational, and home environments. The Center, with its hospital-based satellite clinics, also provides Low Vision evaluation services to individuals with multiple impairments as a result of head trauma, stroke, or developmental disabilities. The Center also provides low vision services to visually-impaired students through programs established with neighboring school districts. Counseling and support services are also available for patients and their families through the Center's social service department. Additional services include: evaluation of multiply-impaired individuals; pediatric low vision service; adaptive technology service; and neurovisual rehabilitation service.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

On average the resident will work 40-44 hours per week and every other Saturday. In addition, there are a number of didactic lectures and conferences which can vary from week to week. Our residents are on-call 4-5 weeks throughout the program year, but are heavily supported during these sessions.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident must attend all clinical assignments and all assigned lectures and conferences. The resident must also demonstrate an acceptable level of performance in all areas of the program. A paper of publishable quality must be completed by the end of the program, in addition to a Grand Rounds presentation.

Program Salary/Stipend: $48,050
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Christin N. DeMoss, O.D.
Telephone: (215) 276-6180
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Bhawan K Minhas, O.D., F.A.A.O. Director of On-Campus Residency Programs The Eye Institute of Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University 1200 W Godfrey Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19141 215-276-6180

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Beginning in October 2012, all residency applications can be submitted via ORMatch. Candidates must also submit a letter of interest, current resume/curriculum vitae, current optometric transcripts, current NBEO transcripts, and three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to a candidate's clinical ability. Once all required documents are received, a decision will be made as to whether or not the candidate will be invited for an interview. Candidates are then ranked in ORMatch.

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

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