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Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
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: 713.743.1987
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: 1981
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program in Pediatric Optometry seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric optometry including: the routine vision care of infants and preschool children; the evaluation, management, and co-management of binocular vision anomalies; the evaluation and management of multiply-challenged children, children with learning difficulties and developmental disorders, as well as patients with acquired brain injuries. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in pediatric optometry.

Program Description:

The program is designed to aid the resident in acquiring the special skills and knowledge required for the comprehensive clinical care of children and the unique problems they present. Additionally, advanced clinical training in the management of binocular vision anomalies in patients of all ages, care of multi-challenged children, and patients with vision problems associated with brain injury 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. 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. When the resident is assigned to on-call they are responsible for additional hours, as needed, to provide emergency/urgent care outside of business hours (evenings, nights, weekends).

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to: 1. Deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident's patient care. 2. Successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum. 3. Complete a paper based on original research or review of the literature, suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. 4. Deliver three rounds style presentations. 5. Participate in required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions 6. Successfully complete all teaching assignments. 7. Maintain a log of patient names and associated information. 8. Complete all required evaluations of clinical attending doctors, rotations, seminars, residency 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, Interim program coordinator
Telephone: 713.743.1987
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 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:

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 University of Houston is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Additionally, the University prohibits discrimination in employment on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, or gender expression. Program Admission Requirements: 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. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program A State of Texas Optometry License prior to the beginning of the program

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

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