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Pediatric Optometry Residency at the Children's Wisconsin / Medical College of Wisconsin

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Children's Wisconsin
Program Location: Hospital-Based (non-VA)
Program Address: 9000 W Wisconsin Ave
Eye Clinic/Suite 130
milwaukee, Wisconsin 53226
Phone Number: 414-266-2021
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 10/2019
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: Yes
Comment: Requires any resident to be able to obtain a Wisconsin License.
Program Mission Statement:

The pediatric optometry residency program at the Children's Wisconsin provides advanced clinical education in various pediatric ocular and vision problems, focusing on patient management and treatment. The residency program aims to provide a comprehensive experience in a collaborative optometry/ophthalmology academic hospital setting.

Program Description:

This focus of this residency is primary care pediatric optometry. The resident will practice alongside three pediatric optometrists and four pediatric ophthalmologists in the outpatient Eye Clinic at the Children's Wisconsin. The resident will visit three site locations: Wauwatosa, Mequon, and New Berlin. The resident will be exposed to patients from birth to age 18 years, and will learn to manage refractive error, strabismus, amblyopia, and various ocular disease conditions.

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

The expected hours are Mon,Tue,Th,Fri 7:45am-5pm and Wed 7am-5pm. There is one half day per week of administrative/scholarly time. The administrative day, may also be scheduled as one full day every other week. The resident will not be required to participate in any on-call activities.

Requirements for Completion:

1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the program supervisor.

2. The resident is required to maintain a patient log, including information about patient age, diagnoses, and treatment plan.

3. The resident is required to maintain a log of their academic and scholarly activities.

4. The resident is required to create three scholarly works, which may include a combination of poster(s) (presented at approved meeting that meets requirements for AAO Fellowship) and case report(s) (at least 1 case report required). Examples of acceptable scholarly work completion: 1 case report and

2 posters; 2 case reports and 1 poster; or 3 case reports.

5. The resident is required to present at the annual Residency Day event at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry.

6. The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services.

7. The resident is expected to attend academic lectures and case conferences as directed by the program supervisor.

8. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Children’s Wisconsin or Medical College of Wisconsin, or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.

9. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.

Program Salary/Stipend: 49,000
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: Tracey Strombeck, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 414-266-2021
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Participation in the ORMatch; Must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and official optometry school transcripts.

Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to ORMatch which determines the final selection.

All residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.



Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility criteria include a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry, cumulative grade point average 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale, a license to practice optometry in Wisconsin upon matriculation, and successful completion of all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), including the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) portion.  Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to ORMatch which determines the final selection.

All residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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