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Program Title: Residency in Pediatric and Visual Rehabiliation Optometry
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Site: Southern College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1225 Madison Avenue

Memphis, Tennessee 38104
Phone Number: 901-722-3335
Fax Number: 901-722-3244
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: 07/1980
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Pediatric Optometry Residency Program at Southern College of Optometry provides qualified graduate optometrists with advanced clinical experience in pediatric optometry, management of binocular vision disorders, vision therapy, and developmental and behavioral aspects of vision care that will facilitate their development into exceptional clinicians offering specialized skills in optometric care for for pediatric patients and persons with binocular and developmental vision impairment.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in the provision of pediatric optometric eye and vision care

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in pediatric patients.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular and developmental vision problems.

Goal 4: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.

Goal 5: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Goal 6: Provide the resident with the opportunity to become an effective clinical educator.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday through Friday, 8:30 to 4:30 p.m. On call duties required.

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 administration.  The resident will be given a specific schedule each quarter.  Approximately 40 hours per week assigned.  After hours on-call assignments will be made on a periodic basis.

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Supervisor of the Residency Program, and the Director of Residency Programs, when appropriate.

C.  The resident will be required to write a publication quality paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case.

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 will be expected to  perform in a professional manner while 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 College of Optometry.

F. The resident will be 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 Southern College of Optometry, or 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: $39,584.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
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: Pam Schnell, Residency Co-supervisor
Telephone: 901-722-3335
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Marc Taub, Residency Co-supervisor
Telephone: 901-722-3353
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. 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 of 3.0 or greater 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 Tennessee license and furnish official transcripts when available.  If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain a Tennessee 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

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