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Program Title: Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation & Pediatric Optometry
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: Arkansas Vision Development Center
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1021 South Waldron Road

Fort Smith, Arkansas 72903
Phone Number: 479-478-8860
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Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Richard Trevino, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2017
Accreditation Status: First Year Program
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the residency is to provide advanced clinical training in pediatric optometry and vision therapy rehabilitation in a private practice setting. The resident will develop as an expert clinician in a family optometric practice and master the diagnostic, management, and treatment of vision disorders in a variety of patient types. Upon completion, the resident will be knowledgeable in practice management and be skilled to efficiently lead and operate a practice with emphasis in providing vision therapy/rehabilitation with success.

Program Description:

This residency program is based at the Arkansas Vision Development Center in Ft Smith, Arkansas. The Arkansas Vision Development Center is a private practice dedicated to pediatric optometry and vision therapy. The residency is a full-time, formal, supervised program consisting of direct patient care, didactic education, practice management development and scholarly activities.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 10
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The residency is a 53 week program. The resident is scheduled to work 40 hours per week. The resident will spend approximately 80% of their time providing direct patient care at the Arkansas Vision Development Center, which is located in Fort Smith, AR. Approximately half of this time will be spent engaged in vision therapy, while the other half will involve general pediatric optometry. There are no after-hours on-call duties.

Requirements for Completion:

Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, case report), Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic, Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations), Successful fulfillment of all the residency program goals and objectives

Program Salary/Stipend: $33,000
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: Wanda Vaughn, Coordinator
Telephone: 479-478-8860
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Wanda Vaughn, OD, FCOVD

Arkansas Vision Development Center

1021 South Waldron Road, Fort Smith, AR 72903


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

  1. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation from a school/college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

  2. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations and furnish official transcripts when available.

  3. Applicant must be eligible for licensure to practice optometry in the State of Arkansas and must have legal right to live and work in the United States.

Selection Procedure

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). An on-site interview is recommended, but not required. The Program Coordinator will select and rank the most qualified applicants. The names of the selected candidates will be submitted to the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) in accordance with their policies and deadlines.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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