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Pediatric Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Children's Mercy Hospital
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: Section of Ophthalmology
3101 Broadway
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Phone Number: 816-960-8000
Fax Number: 816-960-8046
Email: ctwardowski@cmh.edu
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.


Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL: https://www.umsl.edu/divisions/optometry/Academic%20Programs/residencies/res_pediatricsKC.html

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2007
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in the diagnosis and management of eye and vision problems encountered in pediatric eye care.


Program Description:

The residency program provides advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular and vision problems encountered in hospital-based pediatric care. Upon graduation from the program, residents will be proficient in multiple facets of pediatric optometry including primary care, binocular vision, contact lenses, and diagnosis and management of ocular pathology. As part of a multi-disciplinary program, the resident will develop working relationships with many of our ophthalmology specialties including Anterior Segment, Glaucoma, Retina, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Ocular Oncology, and Oculo-Genetics.


Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40


Requirements for Completion:

Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements listed below and of the Pediatric Optometry Residency Program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.



I.         Deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the optometric residency supervisor of Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics. The office is open from 9 a.m. until patient care is completed, usually around 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.



II.       Keep a record of patient contacts. Cases will be reviewed periodically by the optometric residency supervisor or the director of residency programs of the University of Missouri-St Louis College of Optometry.



III.     Write a paper based on original research, literature review of a clinical case, or poster for publication in an acceptable professional journal or national optometric meeting.



IV.    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 Children's Mercy Hospital and Clinics.



V.      To assist in the continuing education programs provided at the Department of Ophthalmology at Children's Mercy Hospitals and Clinics.



VI.    Participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.


Program Salary/Stipend: $44,736.49
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Christina Twardowski, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 816-960-8000
Fax: 816-960-8046
E-mail Address: ctwardowski@cmh.edu
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Each candidate must submit all required documents, go through an interview process, and register electronically with the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMatch). The required documentation (submitted to ORMatch and forwarded to the program) from each candidate includes a brief statement on their reason to complete a residency, curriculum vitae, official NBEO scores, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.  



Christina Twardowski, OD, FAAO   Section of Ophthalmology 3101 Broadway Kansas City, MO 64108


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Based on application material and interview, the applicants are ranked with ORMatch and the final selection is based on ORMatch Admission criteria. Upon commencement of the program, applicants must have successfully graduated with an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and passed all parts of the National Board of Optometry (NBEO) examinations. Each candidate must submit all required documents, go through an interview process, and register electronically with the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMS). The required documentation from each candidate includes a brief statement on their reason to complete a residency, curriculum vitae, official NBEO scores, official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.



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Program Application Deadline: February 1

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