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Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Duke University Eye Center
Program Location: Medical School
Program Address: 2351 Erwin Road

Durham, North Carolina 27710
Phone Number: 919-684-0585
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Southern College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, OD,

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/2018
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The pediatric optometry residency at the Duke University Eye Center offers a multi-specialty, high volume, progressive learning environment involving pediatric care. Residents will become proficient in all aspects of pediatric optometry including primary care, contact lens, binocular vision and diagnosis and medical treatment of ocular pathology. Due to the nature of the setting of this residency, training includes working with pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric retina specialists and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in the provision of pediatric optometric eye and vision care.

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in pediatric patients.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular, developmental vision problems and contact lens.

Goal 4: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to resident professionals.

Goal 5: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of education.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: August 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident will work 40 hours per week. There are no on-call duties for the resident.

Requirements for Completion:

A.  The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the Duke Residency Director and SCO Director of Residency Programs. Approximately 40 hours per week will be assigned.

B.  The resident will be required to keep a record of patient contacts.  Cases will be reviewed periodically by the Director of the Pediatric Residency Program at Duke, and the Director of Residency Programs (SCO) when appropriate.

C.  The resident will be required to deliver an oral presentation at the annual Resident Weekend and held on the campus at SCO. Additionally, the resident is expected to give a presentation at a Duke Community Education Series.

D.  The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those properties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the specific clinic locations and Southern College of Optometry.

E.   The resident will be required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

F.  Upon successful completion of the Residency Program, the Director of the Pediatric Residency and the Director of Residency Programs (SCO) will recommend the granting of certification to the Vice President of Academic Affairs at Southern College of Optometry.

H.  Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Duke University or Southern College of Optometry, or for any action which jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

A resident rotating through a hospital based (or similar) residency program must adhere to all facility policies and procedures, including but not limited to, receiving all required immunizations or showing appropriate medical documentation that he/she is in full medical compliance with required immunizations.  In addition, if a resident cannot receive a flu or similar immunization due to potential allergic reaction, medical documentation must be made available to the Program Supervisor prior to the program's start date.  A resident should receive the required immunizations provided by the facility when appropriate.  Otherwise, any costs incurred will be the resident's responsibility.  Any grievances should be submitted in writing to SCO's Director for Residency Programs utilizing the procedures found in the Residency Handbook.


Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000.00. Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident. The stipend will be paid out on a monthly basis.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Nathan L Cheung, Residency Director
Telephone: 919-684-0585
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Cheryl E. Mengelt, O.D., Director of Residency Programs, Southern College of Optometry, 1245 Madison Avenue, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-722-3201 901-722-3244 (fax)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

A.  All applicants must complete the SCO application online at All applicants must complete the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch), and provide all required supporting documentation by the deadline of December 31 to be considered for an SCO program.

  1. You must have already passed NBEO Part I, II and TMOD in order to apply to one of our programs through ORMatch.

  2. You must have passed NBEO Part III and ISE (if applicable) in order to begin an SCO affiliated residency program. 

  3. Those applying to a VA hospital or a state that does not require TMOD to obtain licensure are an exception if TMOD is not passed on first attempt.

B. 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. 

C. Applicant will furnish a transcript to ORMatch from his/her school/college of optometry. 

D. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations required for state licensure. If accepted, the resident is expected to obtain the appropriate state license.

E. A personal interview will be required. 

F. The College affirms that no person shall be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity at or affiliated with Southern College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability, or national origin.


Program Application Deadline: January 30

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