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Program Title: Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: University Eye Center at Ketchum Health
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 5460 E. La Palma Ave.

Anaheim, California 92807
Phone Number: 714.463.7569
Fax Number: 714.870.7846
Email: angelachen@ketchum.edu
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong O.D., F.A.A.O.


Program Application Deadline: January 20
Program URL: https://www.ketchum.edu/residency-profile-povt-university-eye-center-ketchum-health-anaheim-ca

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1978
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy (POVT) residency is to develop the residents’ clinical expertise in providing an advanced level of care through broad, concentrated clinical experiences encompassing diagnosis and management skills in pediatric optometry, binocular vision, and visual perception.


Program Description:

The POVT Residency is based at the University Eye Center at Ketchum Health, a fully-equipped patient care facility owned and operated by the Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) at Marshall B. Ketchum University (MBKU). The residency is a full-time, formal, supervised program combining patient care, didactic education, teaching experience, and scholarly activities. Goal 1: To enhance the residents’ knowledge and clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of children of all ages in a primary care setting. Objectives: 1. The residents will provide a minimum of 50 primary care eye examinations for children of all ages, including infants and toddlers. 2. The residents will examine, diagnose, and develop management plans for children with various visual conditions, including but not limited to significant refractive error, binocular vision anomalies, and pediatric ocular diseases. Goal 2: To enhance the residents’ knowledge and clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of binocular vision and visual information processing disorders. Objectives: 1. The residents will demonstrate enhanced skills in the performance and interpretation of tests to evaluate ocular motility, accommodation, non-strabismic and strabismic binocular vision disorders, amblyopia, and visual information processing disorders. 2. The residents will complete a minimum of 100 patient encounters evaluating and/or managing patients with ocular motility, accommodative, and/or non-strabismic binocular vision disorders. 3. The residents will complete a minimum of 100 patient encounters evaluating and/or managing patients with strabismus and/or amblyopia. 4. The residents will complete a minimum of 75 patient encounters evaluating and/or managing patients who have visual information processing disorders. Goal 3: To enhance the residents’ knowledge and clinical expertise in the evaluation, diagnosis, and management of patients with developmental disabilities or acquired brain injury, children with visual impairment, and children who need specialty contact lens fits. Objectives: 1. The residents will provide comprehensive eye care for patients with neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., Down syndrome, autism, and cerebral palsy). 2. The residents will provide comprehensive services including vision therapy when applicable for patients who have acquired brain injury. 3. The residents will rotate through specialty clinic (e.g., Blind Children’s Learning Center) to develop the knowledge and skills necessary to treat and manage children with visual impairments. 4. The residents will examine and perform contact lens fittings for children who require specialty contact lenses. Goal 4: To enhance the residents’ communication skills with other professionals for well-coordinated patient care. Objectives: 1. The residents will participate in a clinical rotation in which they interact with pediatric ophthalmologists. 2. The residents will participate in a clinical rotation in which they interact with other professionals (e.g., education, occupational therapy) who commonly work with children who have developmental disabilities. 3. The residents will have the opportunity to interact with school district personnel and participate in Individualized Education Plan (IEP) meetings. 4. The residents will develop the ability to communicate effectively in writing with referring optometrists, other health care providers, and professionals outside of the health care field. Goal 5: To promote the concept of life-long learning and interest in optometric education, clinical research, and/or developing further expertise and credentials (American Academy of Optometry’s Diplomate in Binocular Vision, Perception, & Pediatric Optometry and the College of Optometrists in Vision Development’s Fellowship). Objectives: 1. The residents will be provided with 4 hours of development time each week. 2. The residents will attend the weekly Pediatrics and Vision Therapy Department Journal Club and present at a minimum of 8 of the meetings. 3. The residents will give a least 1 oral presentation (e.g., case presentation in a course or present at the annual Residency Forum) to optometry students or optometrists. 4. The residents will be encouraged to attend scientific meetings and submit an abstract for such meetings. 5. The residents will have the opportunity to participate in on-going clinical research projects or conduct their own research project, if desired. 6. The residents will have the opportunity to teach in laboratories that pertain to strabismus, vision therapy, and visual information processing to develop their academic- based teaching skills. 7. The residents will supervise optometry students in the vision therapy and / or pediatric optometry services to develop their clinical teaching skills.


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

The length of the program is 12 month and 1 week. The residents’ assignment will average 5 days per week. The residents will be assigned a Monday through Friday schedule for 3 months of the program and a Tuesday through Saturday schedule for the other 9 months of the program. The residents will start the last full week of June; this gives a one-week overlap between the outgoing and incoming residents to streamline the transfer of patient care. The residency end date is June 30 of the following year. The residents are given a schedule on a quarterly basis, which coincides with the College’s academic calendar. The schedule has various on-site specialty care clinical assignments, lab assignments, course auditing assignments, external rotation assignments, and one-on-one patient care assignments. In addition, the schedule sets aside time for weekly consultation with faculty and time for scholarly activity. The residents are assigned with 1 week per month "on-call" responsibility in the University Eye Center Emergency Service. On-site specialty clinical assignments include: • Acquired Brain Injury: 2 hours per week for 1 year • Special Populations Care: 3 hours per week for 1 year • Pediatric Contact Lenses: 3 hours per week for 6 months External rotation assignments include: • University Eye Center in Los Angeles: 8 hours per week for 3 months • Blind Children Learning Center: 4 hours per week for 6 months • Pediatric Ophthalmology Observation: daily for 2 weeks (PLEASE SEE THE POVT WEBPAGE ON THE SCCO WEBSITE FOR A DETAILED QUARTERLY SCHEDULE)


Requirements for Completion:

• The residents are required to deliver patient care by diagnosing and managing a broad range of eye and vision disorders at a level satisfactory to those responsible for the supervision of the residents, while demonstrating a caring, compassionate and ethical concern for the welfare of their patients. • The residents will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of quality patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the College. • The residents are required to complete mandatory scholarly activities. • The residents are required to keep and submit quarterly and end of year logs including patient encounters and diagnoses, residency faculty evaluations, residency program evaluations, referral log, activity log, reading log and rendered services. • The residents will turn in ID access badges, return all library resources, and settle any accounts with the Campus Store.


Program Salary/Stipend: $45,760
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Dr. Michael Rouse Endowment
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Angela M Chen, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 714.463.7569
Fax:
E-mail Address: angelachen@ketchum.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Angela Chen, O.D., M.S. Residency Coordinator Southern California College of Optometry at the Marshall B. Ketchum University 2575 Yorba Linda Blvd Fullerton, California 92831 T: 714.463.7569 F: 714.870.7846 E: angelachen@ketchum.edu


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

APPLICATION PREREQUISITES & REQUIREMENTS 1. Earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree at the start of the residency, from an accredited school or college of optometry 2. Successful completion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I and II (including the TMOD exam) 3. Successful fulfillment of all requirements to allow for California State optometric licensure; this includes successful completion of NBEO Part III and passing the California State Board of Optometry Law Exam 4. Complete the POVT residency application made through the ORMatch, Inc. (https://natmatch.com/ormatch.html) by January 20 deadline 5. Furnish the following documents to the POVT residency coordinator by January 20: o Curriculum vitae o Letter of intent stating reasons for pursuing residency training, in general, and this program, in particular; expectations from the residency experience; and future professional goals o Official copy of complete transcripts for all optometric education o Official NBEO scores o Three letters of recommendation (2 must be from full-time faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant) 6. Attend an in-person interview with POVT faculty members at SCCO/MBKU 7. Have a valid VISA in order to engage in the residency program, if candidate is a non US citizen SELECTION PROCESS 1. All residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, gender, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. 2. After receiving all the application materials to the program, each applicant is contacted via email or by phone whether he/she will be offered an interview. 3. Complete applications (ORMatch application, transcripts, NBEO and TMOD scores, and letters of recommendation) will be reviewed by the Residency Coordinator and the members in the POVT residency interview committee. 4. The Residency Coordinator and the members in the interview committee will conduct the in-person interview. At the interview, candidates will be asked questions that include, but not limited to, what motivates them pursue residency training, why they are interested in our specific program, what their current level of didactic knowledge and clinical experience in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy is, what their career aspirations are, and how they will enhance our program. 5. When all the applicants have been interviewed, each member of the interviewing team will rank the applicants independently based on a composite of the applicant’s grade point average from optometry school, NBEO scores, letter of intent, letters of recommendation, clinical knowledge and experience in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy, residency & professional goals, interview and interpersonal skills. 6. The residency coordinator tallies all the submitted ranks to derive the final ranking of applicants. This is followed by an open discussion among the interviewers to ensure that the ranking of the applicants is acceptable by all. 7. The residency coordinator then submits the names of the residency candidates to ORMatch before the deadline.


Program Application Deadline: January 20

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