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Residency in Vision Rehabilitation with emphasis in Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Program Site: University of Houston College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 4901 Calhoun Rd
University of Houston College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Phone Number: 713.743.2005
Fax Number: 713.743.2053
Affiliation: University of Houston, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Beth G. Harper, OD 

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program in Vision Rehabilitation with emphasis in Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of brain injury rehabilitation including: the vision care of patients with neuro-degenerative disease, patients recovering from traumatic or other acquired brain injury, and patients with other special needs; the evaluation, management, and co-management of binocular vision anomalies; the evaluation and management of multiply-challenged patients of all ages; and the evaluation and management of patients in need of low vision rehabilitation. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in brain injury vision rehabilitation.

Program Description:

The program is designed to aid the resident in acquiring the advanced clinical skills and knowledge required for the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of vision deficits in patients with brain injury. The resident will provide comprehensive clinical care of patients with neuro-degenerative disease, patients recovering from traumatic or other acquired brain injury, and patients with other special needs. The resident will be an integral part of the interdisciplinary management of these patients and will interact with physicians, therapists, and other healthcare professionals. Additionally, advanced clinical training in the management of binocular vision anomalies in patients of all ages, care of multi-challenged children and adults, and low vision rehabilitation is provided. The residency achieves this goal by combining patient care with a series of didactic lectures and research. The resident will interact with an outstanding clinical and graduate faculty. In addition, the resident will participate in the emergency call service.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: June 20, 2022
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments; with up to 47 hours including On-call responsibilities. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to:

1.             The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment is determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care.

2.             The resident is required to keep a log of patients and associated information.

3.             The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements specific to their program. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality

4.             The resident is required to deliver three rounds style presentations.

5.             The resident is required to successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.

6.             The resident is required to successfully complete all teaching assignments.

7.             The resident must attend required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.

8.             The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, rotations, seminars, their Program Coordinator, and the exit interview.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 / year
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Continuing education provided by UHCO at no cost.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Kassaundra Johnston
Telephone: 713.743.2005
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch. In addition to your ORMatch materials, submit directly to the program coordinator an unofficial copy (screen shot, etc.) of NBEO scores that are available at application and additional scores as soon as they are available to the candidate.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility criteria for the program include:

1) Completion of the Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the program.

2)  Passing grades on all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program.

3)  Completion of Texas licensing examination prior to the beginning of the program.

4)  Priority is given to applicants with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA.


Application Process and Selection Procedure

The application process includes registering through ORMatch and submitting curriculum vitae, statement of interest, optometry transcripts, unofficial NBEO scores, and two letters of recommendation.  The application materials are reviewed by the Program Coordinator.  Qualified candidates are invited for an interview.  The Program Coordinator and faculty regularly involved in residency teaching activities participate in the interview process. If the candidate is unable to travel, the Program Coordinator may interview the candidate by telephone.  Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills. Preference is given to candidates with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher. The Program Coordinator, with input from faculty and the Director of Residency Programs, ranks the candidates.

The policy of the University of Houston (UH) is to ensure equal opportunity in all its educational programs and activities, and all terms and conditions of employment without regard to age, race, color, disability, religion, national origin, veteran's status, genetic information, or sex (including pregnancy), except where such a distinction is required by law.  Additionally, UH prohibits discrimination in all aspects of employment and educational programs on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The program may be completed as a Residency/MS program over 24 months.