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Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Rosenberg School of Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: University of the Incarnate Word Eye Institute
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Rosenberg School of Optometry
9725 Datapoint Drive
San Antonio, Texas 78229
Phone Number: 210-283-6859
Fax Number: 210-283-6890
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Dipl Low Vision

Director, Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229


Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2016
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Rosenberg School of Optometry is to provide advanced clinical training in a context of faith and service for post-graduate optometrists with a strong emphasis placed on the management of patients with vision impairment as part of an interdisciplinary team, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:

The resident will have opportunities that include training in retina clinics, observing professionals who serve people with low vision in our community, as well as time to rotate through an elective program of their choosing. This we believe, will enable the resident to be well rounded and competitive when applying for jobs post graduation. Our residents also have the opportunity to see patients who work with our partners in the Low Vision Coaltion which include the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind and Vision Impaired, the VA, and OWL Radio just to name a few.

Residents are trained by Diplomates in Low Vision in the American Academy of Optometry. Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke comes from the VA and started the 3rd VICTORS (Visual Impairment Center to Optimize Remaining Sight) program in the country and the 1st in the Southeast. Together, she and the team bring their experience of private practice and VA to provide a very diverse low vision residency experience.

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

Expected weekly hours of duty are 40 hours per week plus some on-call duties at the Rosenberg School of Optometry. Attendance of seminars, continuing education, and research may lengthen the weekly hours of duty.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Completed publishable quality paper to a peer reviewed journal (research paper, literature review, case report) 

  • Submission of a poster or paper presentation at one of the national optometric conferences 

  • Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic 

  • Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations, etc.) 

  • The resident is qualified to see patients independently under the Rosenberg School of Optometry Resident Supervision policy 

  • Successful completion of NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 

Program Salary/Stipend: $36,000
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: Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, Chief, Low Vision Service
Telephone: 210-283-6859
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

This program participates in the ORMatch application service. Application materials and instructions can be obtained from the Low Vision Residency Program Coordinator at the Rosenberg School of Optometry.

Dr Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri

9725 Datapoint Drive San Antonio, TX 78229.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The selection process will include the candidate's personal statement, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from optometry school and all post-graduate schools, test scores from NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and at least 3 letters of reference (two from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's clinical skills). The Program Director will select and rank the most qualified applicants with input from the other interviewers (practicing optometrists) at the facility. The names of the candidates will be submitted to the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) in agreement with their policies and deadlines.

Program Application Deadline: January 30

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