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Pediatric Optometry Specialty Care Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Children's Hospital Colorado
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 13123 E. Colfax Avenue
Mailstop B430
Aurora, Colorado 80045
Phone Number: 720-777-6036
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 10/2014
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency in Pediatric Optometry, with Emphasis in Ocular Disease and Primary Care Optometry at Children's Hospital Colorado offers a multi-specialty, high-volume, progressive learning environment involving pediatric eye care. Residents will become proficient in all aspects of pediatric optometry including primary care, contact lens, binocular vision and diagnosis and treatment of ocular pathology. Due to the sub-specialty nature of a pediatric hospital, understanding co-management of multi-system anomalies and peri-operative care is included. In addition to managing their personal clinic schedule, the optometric resident will be expected to consult with in-hospital specialists, as well as communicate and co-manage with local health care providers.

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 resident professionals.

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


Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: August 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Forty-hour work week, with after hours on-call assignments made on an as-needed basis.


The On-Call schedule for optometric residents is limited. This service will only be required if the need arises or specifically requested by the Chief of the Pediatric Ophthalmology service. “On-Call” shall be defined as the period of time for which the resident is responsible for responding to urgent/emergent after-hours calls or those calls which may come during regular business hours that cannot be immediately attended to by faculty.


Individual research is not required of the resident. However, the resident will be encouraged to assist with any on-going laboratory and/or clinical investigation(s) initiated by CHCO faculty members.

Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the CHCO Residency Supervisor and SCO Director of Residency Programs. Approximately 40 hours per week will be assigned. After hours on-call assignments may be made on an as-needed 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 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 specific clinic locations and 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 at Southern College of Optometry.

H.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Children's Hospital Colorado or 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.  Children’s Hospital Colorado requires proof of the COVID-19 vaccine as well as annual influenza 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: $50,000.00 Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage


Other: Benefits associated with this appointment are defined in the policies of the University of Colorado School of Medicine. The resident will be given the opportunity to purchase health insurance through the Payroll and Benefits Service Center. If the resident should choose to decline, proof of health insurance coverage must be provided. LEAVE POLICY Fifteen days of vacation are provided to the resident. These days include those on which the involved clinics are normally closed: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4, Labor Day, Thanksgiving (and the Friday following), and Dec. 24th and 25th. If the clinic is closed, provision of these vacation days is automatic and does not require approval or submission of a leave request form. The additional five vacation days can be used at the resident’s discretion, but they must be requested ninety (90) days in advance so that scheduling changes can be accommodated. Five days of educational leave are provided. These days are intended to allow the resident to attend meetings pertaining to his/her residency training. The resident must submit a request in advance to attend educational/professional meetings. The supervisor will then approve or disapprove the request. Children’s Hospital Colorado does not provide funding for meeting registration, housing or transportation costs for the resident. Therefore, it is encouraged that travel grants/scholarships provided by the specific meeting (AOA, AAO, etc) be applied for in advance.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Melissa Engle, Optometric Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 720-777-2152
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application online at All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of January 30 to be considered for an SCO program.

  1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I in order to apply to our program through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part II, TMOD and Part III in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program.

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 a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average of 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. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.

E. A personal interview will be required. 

F. 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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