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Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1716 University Boulevard

Birmingham, Alabama 35294
Phone Number: 205-934-8964
Fax Number: 205-934-6758
Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Caroline B. Pate, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1986
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Mission The goal of the School of Optometry, University of Alabama at Birmingham, is to provide programs of excellence in optometric education, research and community service. The mission of the residency programs of the University of Alabama at Birmingham is to develop, maintain, advance, and promote post-doctoral clinical training programs of excellence in the major areas of optometric care, including pediatric optometry. The Residency in Pediatric Optometry seeks to provide a specialty post-graduate clinical program of excellence to the highest quality optometric graduates. The program aims to foster exceptional and independent clinicians who will have the opportunity to excel in the areas of patient care, education, and research within pediatric optometry.

Program Description:

Residency in Pediatric Optometry Curriculum The Residency in Pediatric Optometry is a unique program that aims to foster exceptionally well-rounded, independent, and inquisitive clinicians in many diverse areas of pediatric optometry. Emphasis is placed on direct patient care during the standard work week and on-call hours. There are additional opportunities in research and increasing teaching responsibilities as determined by the skill and preferences of the resident as well as the needs of the department. Training is divided between management of primary care pediatrics (including a wide range of conditions that affect children aged birth to 18 years old such as amblyopia, refractive conditions, binocular vision disorders, mild traumatic brain injury, congenital conditions with ocular sequelae, and pediatric ocular disease) as well as vision therapy, learning-related vision disorders, and care of the individual with special needs. The residency is 53 weeks and the resident is permitted 10 days of leave. The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Pediatric Optometry include the following: 1. Provision of care at least two half-days per week in the UAB School of Optometry Pediatric Clinic. 2. Provision of care in specialty clinics outside the UAB School of Optometry Clinics (may include care of developmentally delayed children, children with cerebral palsy, low birth weight children, visually impaired children, and children at high risk for developing disorders of the eye). 3. Visiting off-campus sites that specialize in the care of children's eyes (such as pediatric ophthalmology) will be encouraged. 4. Acquisition of a therapeutic license. 5. Participation in Residency Conference. 6. Scheduling of specialty rotations such as primary care, contact lenses, retina, post-operative, and/or anterior segment will be encouraged. 7. Attendance of Grand Rounds within the Residency Conference series. 8. Attendance of UAB School of Optometry Continuing education (at no charge) will be encouraged. 9. Provision of after-hours emergency care for the UAB School of Optometry Clinics on a rotating basis with the other in-house residents. 10. Provision of at least one 45-minute or longer formal presentation on a topic approved by the Residency Supervisor. 11. Development of at least one clinical case during grand rounds. 12. Provision of independent clinical instruction to 4th year optometry interns at least six 4-hour sessions during the residency year. 13. Each resident will present at least one lecture to the student body on a topic chosen by the resident. 14. Participation in lab instruction as determined by the Supervisor, preferences of the Resident, the coursemaster, and the needs of the department. 15. Submission of a paper of publishable quality. 16. Attendance of Clinical Visiting Scholars presentations will be encouraged. 17. Attendance of journal club at Residency Conference. 18. Participation in research projects with other faculty members will be encouraged when appropriate.

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

Each resident is expected to participate in residency activities 40 hours per week. He/she is also expected to provide emergency coverage for the clinic during day, night, and weekend hours on a rotating basis. Outside employment by the resident during the residency is not allowed.

Requirements for Completion:

When a resident successfully completes the training program, the Director of Residency Programs recommends to the Dean the granting of a certificate. Criteria for residency completion include: * The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the faculty member in charge, the Residency Advisory Committee, and the administration. * The resident is required to keep a record of patient encounters. Cases are reviewed periodically by the Residency Supervisor. * The resident is required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case or case series suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. * 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 the clinics of the School. * The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

Program Salary/Stipend: $43,554
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: Katherine K. Weise, O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O.
Telephone: 205-934-8964
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Katherine K. Weise, O.D., M.B.A., F.A.A.O. UAB School of Optometry 1716 University Boulevard Birmingham, AL 35294-0010 Or for information call 205-934-8964

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application to Residencies All residency programs utilize the ORMatch residency matching service. Admission eligibility criteria include the following: * Applicant must comply with all ORMatch procedures and submit an ORMatch application with all supporting documentation (statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official optometry school transcripts, copy of full NBEO score report, and at least three letters of recommendation) by the January 31 deadline as described at* Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation, from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education accredited school or college of optometry. * Applicant must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. * Applicant must have a valid United States social security number at the time of application. * An interview by the committee with each final applicant may be required. * The University of Alabama at Birmingham affirms that all residency applicants are evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disability. Selection of Residents Prospective residents are encouraged to visit the program before the application deadline. Selection of residents for on-site programs is initially made by each Residency Supervisor. After ranking selections for each program, the selections are presented to the Residency Advisory Committee. The Residency Supervisors, Director of Residency Programs, and other committee members reach a consensus opinion and rank order the choices. The recommendation for resident selection then goes to the Dean, who has final responsibility for approval of the ranked list which is submitted to ORMatch. Once the ORMatch results are announced, the appropriate Residency Supervisor may telephone or e-mail the successful residency applicant to notify him/her of the decision to admit. A contract is then mailed for signature. The contract details the conditions of employment and is signed by the Director of Residency Programs and the Dean. The contract must be signed and returned by the applicant within a specified period of time. All records related to residency application and selection are filed in the office of the Administrative Associate to the Director of Residency Programs.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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