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Program Title: Paediatric, Vision Therapy & Rehabilitation
Program Type: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation
Program Site: Doctors Vision Centres Stonewall
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: Box 907

Stonewall, Manitoba R0C 2Z0
Phone Number: 204-467-8044
Fax Number: 204-467-9611
Email: drdawn@doctorsvision.ca
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO


Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL: https://www.pacificu.edu/colleges/college-optometry/residency-programs/canada-paediatric-vision-therapy-rehabilitation

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2018
Accreditation Status: Not Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Paediatric, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Optometry Residency Program at Doctors Vision Centre Stonewall provides qualified graduate optometrists with advanced clinical experience in the management of vision disorders through both modeling and direct patient contact including cases of unusual genetic anomalies (albinism, congenital X-Linked stationary night blindness), amblyopia/strabismus, acquired brain injury, developmental delays and vision related learning difficulties.  These experiences will facilitate the resident’s development into an exceptional clinician offering specialized skills in optometric care for vision rehabilitation patients and persons with binocular and developmental vision impairment.


Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s examination skills in vision rehabilitation



Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in binocular, perceptual vision and vision rehabilitation.



Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge in managing patients with acquired brain injury and developmental delays.



Goal 4: Expand the resident’s knowledge in managing paediatric cases.



Goal 5: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular and perceptual vision problems.



Goal 6: Develop the resident’s communication skills that are required for successful provision of services in vision rehabilitation. 



Goal 7: Develop the resident’s understanding of the business and accounting aspects of successful management of a practice devoted to children, rehabilitation, and vision therapy.



Goal 8: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to fellow professionals.


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

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours.  Doctors Vision Centre Stonewall hours are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday 8:45-5:30, Wednesday 12 -8pm and every other Saturday 9:00-3:00 pm.


Requirements for Completion:

The resident is expected to author at least one manuscript suitable for publication and to present this work at the annual Northwest Residents Conference at Pacific University.



A certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident upon satisfactory fulfillment of residency requirements as outlined in the Pacific University College of Optometry residency program supplemental policy manual and Doctors Vision Centre Stonewall guidelines for residency program completion.


Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 Canadian – not contingent upon productivity of the resident
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Residents will be provided with furnished housing within walking distance of the clinic (approximate value $12,000). Residents will have access to FREE healthcare as part of the benefits of residing in Canada. Additionally, upon successful completion of licensing in Manitoba we will reimburse 50% of the annual license costs. Doctors Vision Centre will pay $1,000 each towards the cost of attending three optometry conferences over the course of your residency. These would include the annual Northwest Residents Conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon, COVD and another of your choosing.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Dawn A Dunford, OD, FCOVD, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 204-467-8044
Fax: 204-467-9611
E-mail Address: drdawn@doctorsvision.ca
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • Contact the residency program supervisor and be available for a personal interview

  • Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at natmatch.com/ORMatch.

  • Furnish official transcripts of all optometric and graduate education

  • Furnish official NBEO score or Canadian Boards score.

  • Three letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the candidate's clinical and academic performance

  • Candidates must provide a brief essay stating reasons for applying to this program


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • U.S. and Canadian Citizens eligible to apply.  Benefits include FREE housing and healthcare

  • Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education

  • Candidate must pass all three parts of the NBEO and attain a BC License and then transfer said license to Manitoba OR pass the Canadian Boards and attain a Manitoba license prior to the starting date of the residency program.

  • Doctors Vision Centre Stonewall affirms that all candidates will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.


Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

Living in Stonewall, Manitoba Canada



Stonewall is a bedroom community located 20 minutes northwest of Winnipeg. The area offers a rich variety of activities including Folklorama, sightseeing, hiking, beaches and restaurants. The area has cultural and community events throughout the year.



We’re offering a residency program that’s very different from many other programs out there today, including the following:




  • You’ll get to benefit from the training I received at SUNY in 1998/1999, where I had the privilege of training with several giants in the field of Vision Therapy, including Sid Groffman (developer of the Groffman Information Processing software), Irwin Suchoff (founder of SUNY’s TBI clinic) and Israel Greenwald (owner of Dr. Brock’s practice – yes, the originator of the Brock String).

  • You’ll get a speedpass towards your future Fellowship from the College of Optometrists in Vision Development. Since receiving my fellowship, I have mentored several other optometrists through the process and trained two Vision Therapist through their certification. I am currently serving my second year as President of the Canadian Chapter of COVD and have been presenting COPE approved Vision Therapy training across Canada (you’ll get to participate in these beginner to advanced trainings).

  • You’ll be working with an optometrist who loves to teach, because until I owned my own practices, I always saw myself in Academia, and now I can do both to your benefit. Having a residency with me, will allow me the opportunity to cram as much of my twenty years experience into your brain as possible. For my own part, I feel that my residency time allowed me to leap frog ten years of in-the-field experience.

  • You’ll be working with a practicing optometrist with 20 years experience, and while optometrists tend not to recognize specialties (in fact, the Manitoba Association of Optometrists doesn’t allow it), I can tell you that I have seen the children, nephews, nieces and other family members of more than 25 of my fellow optometrists. (It’s fair to say that I’ve received informal recognition of my specialties.)

  • At least 50,000 paediatric patients have passed through my office in the past 20 years – that’s 100,000 eyeballs! Pediatricians refer to our clinic regularly (yes – it is possible). My practices also have access to genetically interesting communities that include anomalies such as albinism, x-linked congenital night blindness and Bardet-Biedl Syndrome.