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Pediatric Optometry / Vision Therapy & Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy and 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: 1977
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy at The Eye Institute is to recruit qualified graduating or graduate optometrists; to train the entry level graduate optometrist to provide competent and efficient care to the routine pediatric and infant patient through the application and elevation of entry level knowledge and skills; to prepare the resident to competently diagnose and manage accommodative and non-strabismic binocular vision disorders, strabismus and amblyopia, learning-related vision problems, vision problems associated with acquired brain injury, and ocular diseases; 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 autonomy.

Program Description:

The residency in Pediatric Optometry/Vision Therapy is a challenging 52 or 54 week educational program. It is conducted primarily at the Lynch Pediatric/Binocular Vision Service at The Eye Institute of the Pennsylvania College of Optometry. The Lynch Pediatric/Binocular Vision department is composed of three main services in which the residents participate: the Pediatric Service provides comprehensive primary vision care to children ages birth to twelve; the Specialty Infant Vision Service provides advanced care to infants and toddlers (newborn through age four) with special needs; and the Binocular Vision Service provides diagnostic and therapeutic services for individuals with eye movement, binocular vision, accommodative, and learning-related vision problems.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
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: Erin Jenewein, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Telephone: (215) 276-6180
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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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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