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Program Title: Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilation
Program Type: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Wow Vision Therapy
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 2908 Division Street
3152 Peregrine Drive, NE, Suite C205, Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Saint Joseph, Michigan 49085
Phone Number: 269-983-2020
Fax Number: 269-983-0846
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 09/2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The resident will experience a unique opportunity to develop proficiency in developmental vision, binocular vision, and rehabilitative vision therapy. Merging principles in cognitive visual neuroscience with human factors in private practice, the post-graduate clinician will acquire the skills needed to excel in education, research and patient care.

Program Description:

Goal 1:  Enhance the resident's clinical skills in developmental and functional vision disorders

Goal 2:  Develop the resident's expertise in the differential diagnosis and management of functional visual system disturbances.

Goal 3:  Advance the resident's skills in technology-based tests utilized for special procedures.

Goal 4:   Expand the resident's skills in vision therapy procedures.

Goal 5:  Develop the resident's skills in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 6:   The Resident will engage in scholarly activities reflective of post-graduate study.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Normal operational hours are from 9:00 a.m. until 8:15 p.m., Monday through Thursday, 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Friday, Saturday (September-May) 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. with the resident working a five-day week. The resident is expected to be on site during all scheduled working hours 40-45 hours per week, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing approved visitations.



Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Residency Supervisor, the Director of Residency Programs, and the SCO and Dr. Dan L. Fortenbacher as Optometric Director of Wow Vision Therapy, LLC. Normal operational hours are from 9:00 A.M. until 8:15 P.M., Monday through Thursday, 9:00 A.M. until 5:00 P.M. Friday, Saturday (September-May) 9:00 A.M. until 1:00 P.M. with the resident working a five-day week. The resident is expected to be on site during all scheduled working hours 40-45 hours per week, except when attending or delivering lectures or doing approved visitations. The resident will occasionally be required to be on call.  

B.  The resident is required to keep a record of patient contacts.  The Supervisor of the Residency Program, and the Director of Residency Programs will review the resident's activity periodically.

C.  The resident is required to write a publication quality paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case. The paper will be turned in to the supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs at SCO. It may be submitted for publication if the resident decides to do so.

D.  The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend, held on the campus at SCO.

E.   The resident is 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 Wow Vision Therapy, LLC and Southern College of Optometry Residency Programs.

F. The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

G.  Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency Programs will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs.

H.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Wow Vision Therapy, LLC or thos set forth by Southern College of Optometry, for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

A resident rotating through a hospital based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations.  In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date.  A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate.  Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility.  Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.


Program Salary/Stipend: $37,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Dan L. Fortenbacher, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 269-983-2020
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Lerma, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38014, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

 All applicants must complete the SCO application and return by January 30. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Director of Residency Programs of Southern College of Optometry no later than January 30. This program uses Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). Applicants must complete the ORMatch application by the SCO deadline of January 30, to be considered. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, e.g., the College, ORMatch, and the residency site supervisor. 

  1. You must have passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

B.  Applicant must have earned an O.D. 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.

C.  Applicant will furnish an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry.  An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

D.  Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure and furnish official transcripts when available. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a state optometry license.

E.  Three letters of recommendation are required.

The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

Additional Comments

This residency has two locations, St. Joseph and Grand Rapids, MI.

The telephone number for the Grand Rapids site is 616-447-1444 and the fax is 616-447-1445.