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Program Title: Pediatric Residency
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: Michigan College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 1124 South State Street

Big Rapids, Michigan 49307
Phone Number: 231-591-2182
Fax Number: 231-591-2394
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Pediatric and Binocular Vision Residency at the Michigan College of Optometry will provide post-doctoral clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in primary and secondary pediatric care. Special emphasis will be placed on the evaluation, treatment, and management of infant and preschool patients and binocular vision disorders, with opportunities in the areas of vision therapy, vision information processing, and traumatic brain injury.  Residents will be equipped with the necessary tools for life-long learning through clinical, scholarly, and didactic activities, thereby enabling continued advanced level competency throughout his or her professional career.

Program Description:

The pediatrics resident will acquire advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of pediatric patients with emphases in binocular vision anomalies, vision therapy and learning-related vision problems. Under the supervision of attending staff, the resident will assume the responsibility and care of pediatric patients in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Service including InfantSEE, primary care/well-child, strabismus/amblyopia, learning-related vision problems, multiply handicapped, brain-injury patients, and other unique referrals. The resident gains experience through both direct care, and overseeing students in clinic. In addition, there is opportunity for clinical research, didactic presentations, and teaching in a lab setting.

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

The tour of duty for the resident will be assigned at the beginning of the program and modified depending on the needs of the clinic and the resident. The schedule is likely to contain irregular number of hours for each workday; however, the weekly average will be 40-45 hours of assigned duties. This does not include outside development time necessary for research, lecture preparation, journal reviews, manuscript preparation, and independent study. However, approximately four to eight hours per week is allotted in the schedule for professional development. This includes time to work on grants, examine clinical research subjects, review the literature, prepare for seminars, or work on research papers. The resident will also be assigned on an “as needed” basis for evening and weekend emergency coverage.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident must complete a manuscript of publishable quality and present a scientific paper or poster at a nationally recognized professional meeting. The resident with the intent to submit a poster/paper for presentation at a refereed meeting (AAO, AOA, SECO, ARVO, COVD, APHA) will be eligible for a travel grant from MCO and will be given educational leave days. All program-specific completion requirements must be met, along with attendance requirements, satisfactory clinical and professional achievements, the completion of all periodic written evaluations, and completion of patient and activity logs.

Program Salary/Stipend: $31,000
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: Paula McDowell, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 231-591-2182
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Paula McDowell. O.D., F.A.A.O. Pediatric Residency Supervisor Michigan College of Optometry 1124 South State Street, Rm. 231 Big Rapids, MI 49307 231-591-2182

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1. Applicants must have an O.D. degree from an accredited college of optometry by the start of the residency program. 2. The applicant must apply through ORMatch by January 30th. 3. The applicant must have the following on file with the Residency Supervisor by the date indicated in ORMatch for the specific residency program: * Application (available from Michigan College of Optometry website) * Curriculum vitae (CV) * The applicant's ORMatch application form * Transcripts of National Board of Examiners in Optometry scores * Transcripts of optometric education * Three letters of recommendation from faculty closely associated with the applicant's clinical experience * Letter of intent to include applicant's reasons for wanting to complete this specific residency program 4. After the application materials are received by the Residency Supervisor, the applicant will be contacted for an interview to be conducted no later than the third week of February. 5. Submit the "Applicant's Ranking of Programs" to ORMatch on or before the deadline posted on the ORMatch website. 6. Residents are chosen by a residency committee based on credentials and the interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin or disabilities. 7. By March 15, the applicants and the Director of Residencies will be notified of binding matches by ORMatch. 8. Prior to completion of the residency, it is expected that the applicant will have passed the National Board Exam and will obtain state licensure.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

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