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Pediatric/Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: UMSL College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: One University Blvd
331 Marillac Hall
St. Louis, Missouri 63121
Phone Number: 314-516-6049
Fax Number: 314-516-6708
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:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2001
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry is to provide high quality, advanced post-graduate education and clinical training in Pediatric Optometry, Binocular Vision and Vision Therapy to qualified optometrists who will contribute to eye care and the profession of optometry. Upon successful completion of this program, the resident will be able to pursue a professional career in a Pediatrics/Binocular Vision patient care, including management of non-strabismic binocular vision anomalies, amblyopia, strabismus and learning related vision problems in private optometric practice or optometric education. The program instills in its residents a professional and scientific attitude, skills for lifelong learning, a commitment to the profession of optometry and a desire to contribute to the social welfare of the community.

Program Description:

This program provides advanced clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric optometry and binocular vision patient care. The resident will have the opportunity for interaction and case co-management with other health care and education professionals. The program is flexible and can be adapted to meet the particular interests of the resident.

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

40 hours Residents share on-call duties

Requirements for Completion:

*Completion of the 54 weeks of residency program *Clinical decision making and patient care are at the appropriate independent level *Completing all assignments *Attending the assigned clinic services *Responding promptly to emergency patient services *Attending all required seminars *Presenting once a semester at the College of Optometry grand rounds & attending at minimum 2 grand rounds each, fall and winter *Conducting case conferences to fourth year professional students *Completing referral letters in a timely fashion *Completing a minimum of one scholarly activity *Develop at least one manuscript of sufficient quality to be published in a refereed journal. *Present a paper at the College's Annual Residency Day *Completing patient logs and monthly activity logs to be turned in at the end of each month to the Program Coordinator and the Director of Residencies *Attend either the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry or the College of Optometrists in Vision Development *Resident performs on evaluation forms at least a 3.0 on a 5.0 scale on all measures *An exit interview will be arranged with the Pediatric/Binocular Vision faculty

Program Salary/Stipend: 36,500.00
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: Aaron Franzel, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 314-516-6049
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Selection Procedure:Participation in the ORMatch Service Must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and official optometry school transcripts through ORMatch. Please contact Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D. at with additional questions.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure:Participation in the ORMatch Service  Applicants must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and official optometry school transcripts through ORMatch. Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to ORMatch which determines the final selection. The University of Missouri-St. Louis is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity. Admission Criteria: O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited program by starting date Preference given to GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale Successful completion of NBEO examinations Obtain Missouri optometry license within 1 month of residency start date Submit required application materials *Must demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S. As per the state requirement for university employees, a criminal background check is required.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

Program Coordinator-Dr. Aaron Franzel