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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: Center for Vision Development Optometry Inc.
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 2700 E. Foothill Blvd., Suite 207

Pasadena, California 91107
Phone Number: 626-578-9685
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, O.D. F.A.A.O., Assistant Dean of Residencies

Program Application Deadline: January 30th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: August 2012
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy/Neuro-Optometry Residency Program at the Center for Vision Development Optometry provides qualified graduate optometrists with advanced clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of pediatric eye diseases, binocular vision disorders, visual-perceptual dysfunctions, acquired brain injury, and other functional vision deficits. The learning objectives are achieved through patient care, case studies, and seminars which will facilitate the resident's development into an expert clinician in the areas of pediatric optometry, binocular vision, vision development, neuro-optometry, and vision enhancement. A unique component of this program is equipping the resident with the necessary practice management skills to operate a private practice and successfully market its unique services. The resident will also learn to interact and co-manage patients with other optometrists, child development specialists, educators, and rehabilitation professionals. This residency program is based at the Center for Vision Development Optometry Inc., the private practice of Dr. Derek Tong located in Pasadena, Callifornia. The practice focuses on providing excellent patient care in Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometry. The residency is a full-time, formal, supervised program consisting of direct patient care, didactic education, teaching experience, and scholarly activities.

Program Description:

Program Goals: 1. Enhance the resident's clinical skills in Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometry. 2. Enhance the resident's expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision disorders in Pediatric Optometry, Binocular Vision, Visual-Perceptual and Neuro-Optometry. 3. Expand the resident's clinical expertise in the evaluation and management of infants and children with visual dysfunctions. 4. Expand the resident's knowledge of binocular vision disorders, strabismus, and amblyopia. 5. Expand the resident's knowledge of visual-perceptual dysfunctions. 6. Expand the resident's knowledge in evaluating and managing patients with Autism spectrum disorders or other developmental disabilities. 7. Expand the resident's knowledge in managing patients with acquired brain injury. 8. Develop the resident's communication skills that are required for successful private practice devoted to Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometry. 9. Develop the resident's skill in presenting lecture to optometrists and professionals within the community. 10. Develop the resident's understanding of the business aspects in successful management of a practice devoted to Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, and Neuro-Optometry. 11. Enhance the resident's clinical teaching and preceptorship skills. 12. Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of August
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The Center is open from 9 am to 1 pm and 2 pm to 6 pm on most weekdays and from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm on Saturdays. The schedule is based on 40 hours of work in each week, consisting of four weekdays, one half weekday and Saturday half day. The resident will be scheduled to provide patient care on Saturday half-day and will be given time off on a weekday morning such as Tuesday or Thursday morning. Variations in scheduling will be made to meet patient care demands of the clinics, available personnel, and the program goals of the residency. Typical time allotment for each weekly period: Patient Care............34.5 hours (85%) Didactic Activity...... 2 hours (6%) Meetings.............. 1.5 hours (4%) Scholarly Activity.... 2.0 hours (5%) TOTAL....................40 hours (100%) Workload and Schedule Clinical experience may include, but are not limited to, the diagnosis and/or treatment of the following conditions (estimated patient encounters per residency year): •Total patient encounters (>1000) •Pediatric primary care examinations, including infants (>70) •Binocular disorders, strabismus and amblyopia (>500) •Visual-Perceptual dysfunctions (>200) •Autistic spectrum disorder or other developmental disabilities (>75) •Acquired brain injury (>25) Patient demographics •Ethnicity: Caucasian 50%, Asian 20%, Hispanic 10%, African American 3%, Mixed race: 17% •Age: under 18 years 80%, Adults 20% •Gender: male 50%, female 50%.  •Patient encounters:  Vision Therapy 75%, Examinations/Evaluations 25%.

Requirements for Completion:

*The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all required program aspects, which will be reviewed periodically by the CVDO Residency Coordinator and the SCCO at MBKU Assistant Dean of Residencies. *The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Coordinator, the Assistant Dean of Residencies, and the Southern California College of Optometry at MBKU administration. *Participation in local multi-disciplinary meetings may be required on a periodic basis. *The resident will be required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case suitable for publication in an acceptable peer-reviewed professional journal. *The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Southern California College of Optometry. *The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum. This may include participation and presentation at the Southern California College of Optometry annual residents conference or a similar local continuing education meeting. *Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Coordinator and the Assistant Dean of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President and Dean of Academic Affairs at the Southern California College of Optometry. *Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of the Center for Vision Development Optometry and/or Southern California College of Optometry, or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

Program Salary/Stipend: $44,000 (effective 2021/2022 residency cycle). Not contingent upon productivity.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Up to $1,000 Reimbursement and up to 10 professional days off to attend approved education meeting such as COVD, NORA, AAO, Wold. The resident will be provided up to 3 days of Paid Time Off starting the beginning of the contract year and these can be used as either Sick Leave and/or Personal Leave. Up to 3 additional days off may be approved by the Residency Coordinator for illness and/or emergency.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Derek Tong, O.D. F.A.A.O. F.C.O.V.D. F.N.O.R.A.
Telephone: 626-578-9685
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • Applications are processed through the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch). All applicants must submit the ORMatch application no later than January 30.  Candidates are encouraged to submit their ORMatch applications by December 31 and their supplemental application by January 10 for highest considerations of this program.  

  • Applicant must have earned an OD degree or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).

  • An applicant should have a cumulative optometry grade point average of at least 2.5 on a 4.0 scale and preferably 3.0 or higher.

  • Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations (including the TMOD examination) required for California therapeutics licensure and furnish official transcripts when available.  If accepted, the resident must be able to pass the California State Board of Optometry Law Examination and obtain a California optometry license.

  • Regarding the letters of recommendation, our program prefers that at least one of the three letters is from a full-time faculty member or administrator from the applicant’s optometry school and at least one of the three letters is from a clinical or adjunct faculty member in the area of Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy, Binocular Vision, or Neuro-Optometry. 

  • All applicants will be evaluated for selection without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

  • The residents will be selected from among candidates of whom if hired, can present evidence of legal right to live and work in the United States.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants are required to submit their applications via the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch).  Applicants are highly encouraged to visit the program site in person and/or to speak with the Program Coordinator and the current resident at professional meetings such as the AAO, COVD, or NORA annual meetings.

  • Complete applications (ORMatch application, transcripts, NBEO and TMOD scores, and letters of recommendation) will be reviewed.  Individual interviews of a selected number of applicants are conducted in person or by video conferencing.

  • At the interview, candidates will be asked questions such as what motivates them to pursue residency training, why they are specifically interested in our program, what their career aspirations are, how they will enhance our program, and what is their current level of didactic and practical knowledge in pediatric optometry, vision therapy, and neuro-optometry. 

  • Following the interviews, the Program Coordinator tabulates an overall score based on grade point average, NBEO scores, and interview scores. Candidates are scored in each category and then the score is multiplied by a weighting factor for each category. The GPA is weighted as 1.0, NBEO score is weighted as 1.0, relevant clinical/work experience is weighted as 1.0, relevant professional meeting/lecture (e.g. COVD, NORA) is weighted as 1.0, residency and professional goals is weighted as 1.0, references is weighted as 1.0, clinical knowledge is weighted as 1.0, and the interview and interpersonal skills is weighted the highest at 3.0. From this, an overall ranking is devised based on the sum of their weighted score in each category. From this overall ranking, a candidate may move up or down by up to 2 positions to account for other factors such as professionalism, attitude, maturity, and letter of intent.

  • The ranking of the candidates is submitted to ORMatch for matching.

  • The names of the matched candidates will be provided to SCCO’s Assistant Dean of Residencies, who will then make a recommendation for appointment of the selected candidate to the Dean of SCCO.

  • The matched candidate is then offered a written contract from SCCO for the residency position.

  • The matched candidate should request the final official transcript and NBEO scores be mailed to the Center for Vision Development Optometry Inc.

Program Application Deadline: January 30th

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