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Program Title: Residency in Pediatric Optometry
Program Type: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
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. Lerma, OD,

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/2018
Accreditation Status: First Year Program
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: Twelve months
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: $30,000.00. 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. Lerma, 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:

  1. All Applicants must complete and return application forms by December 31st each year. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Pediatric Optometric Residency Director at Duke by December 31st and the Director of Residency Programs of Southern College of Optometry (SCO) no later than January 30. This program uses the Optometry Residency Match. Applicants must complete the ORMatch application at Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, Duke University, ORMatch and the Director of Residency Programs at SCO.

The Supporting Documents include:

  1. Curriculum Vitae

  2. Current Transcript

  3. A brief essay stating reasons for applying to this program.

  4. Three letters of recommendation are required. It is requested that one of the letters come from someone outside the profession of optometry/ophthalmology.

If selected as one of the finalists, the applicant will be invited for a personal interview by the residency selection committee.

Requirements to be considered include:

  • Applicant must have earned an OD 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 Optometry Education.

  • Applicant will furnish an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. An applicant should have a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.00 on a 4.00 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

  • Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, all examinations required for North Carolina licensure and furnish official transcripts when available.

  • Participation in the program is contingent on successful completion of the North Carolina Optometric Licensing exam.  Failure to obtain and maintain a license in good standing with the North Carolina Optometry board would be course for immediate termination from the program.

  • Duke Medical Center Department of Ophthalmology and Southern College of Optometry affirm 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. 


Once the resident is licensed in the state of North Carolina, completes his/her onboarding process with Duke and becomes fully credentialed, he/she will have one day per week or two half days per week in our comprehensive ophthalmology service to maintain and hone their primary care optometry skills.


Additional employment (moonlighting) during the tenure of this residency is not permitted without prior consent of the Duke University optometry residency director.



Program Application Deadline: January 30

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