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Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Program Location: Hospital-Based (non-VA)
Program Address: 2311 Pierce Avenue

Nashville, Tennessee 37232
Phone Number: 615-875-6840
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of Alabama at Birmingham, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Caroline B. Pate, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 08/2019
ACOE Accreditation Status: Accredited

Contact the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) at Click here for more information about accreditation of optometric residency programs.

Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Accepts International Applicants: No
Program Mission Statement:

The pediatric optometry residency program at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute provides advanced clinical training in pediatric eye care.  We intend to train competent and compassionate optometrists who provide high-quality, evidence-based pediatric eye care and are prepared for a career in a medical and/or academic setting.

Program Description:

Residents in our 12-month program will strengthen their pediatric exam skills and learn to diagnose and manage pediatric visual and ocular conditions in a hospital-based setting. They will learn to provide eye care to children with disabilities and developmental delay and also have the opportunity to learn about pediatric contact lens fitting and pediatric low vision. Residents will have the opportunity to co-manage patients with pediatric ophthalmologists as well as other subspecialty ophthalmologists. They will also learn to collaborate and consult with other healthcare providers across the academic medical center.

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

The resident is expected to work 40 hours per week.  The resident will not have on-call responsibilities.


Requirements for Completion:

When a resident successfully completes the training program, the Director of Residency Programs recommends to the Dean the granting of a certificate.  Requirements for program completion are as follows: 1) The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the faculty and administration at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute.  2) The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations of the Vanderbilt Eye Institute. 3) The resident is required to participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum. 

Program Salary/Stipend: $70,000
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: Stephanie Jian, OD, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 615-875-6840
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants must submit an Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) application that includes the following supporting documentation:  statement of interest, curriculum vitae,  official optometry school transcript, copy of full NBEO score report, and three letters of recommendation.  Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Residency Selection Committee in February.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must have earned, or will have earned by the start of the program, an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry. Applicants must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exams.  Successful completion of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination and the Injections Skills Exam (ISE) is required for licensure in the State of Tennessee.  The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer.  Selected applicants will be required to interview with the Residency Selection Committee in February.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Residents will be required to obtain a license to practice optometry in the state of Tennessee. Successful completion of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination and the Injections Skills Exam (ISE) is required for licensure in the State of Tennessee.