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Pediatric Optometry Residency at the Akron Children’s Hospital

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Pediatric Optometry
Program Site: Akron Children’s Hospital
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: One Perkins Square

Akron, Ohio 44308
Phone Number: 3305435290
Fax Number:
Email:
Affiliation: The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:
Program Application Deadline: January 10, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established:
Accreditation Status:

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION/MISSION:



The pediatric optometry residency at the Akron Children’s Hospital will offer a multi-specialty, high volume, progressive learning environment involving pediatric eye care. Residents will become proficient in all aspects of pediatric optometry including primary care, contact lenses, disorders of binocular vision and diagnosis and medical treatment of common visual system diseases in infants and children.



Due to the nature of the setting of this residency, training includes working with pediatric optometrists, pediatric ophthalmologists, vision center students, residents, fellows and vision science staff. 



CURRICULUM AND GOALS:



Akron Children’s Hospital is a pediatric tertiary health care provider servicing a large portion of Northeast Ohio including the Akron and surrounding area as well as Mahoning Valley to the east.  The hospital serves many children not only with eye and visual system diseases, but also numerous multi-system anomalies that require ocular attention as part of the comprehensive care provided to these patients. Residents will have the opportunity to interact with professionals and patients from urban, suburban, and rural settings in a high-volume, fast-paced setting during their time at Akron Children’s Hospital.


Program Description:

Clinical Care



The resident will refine, enhance and have new skills introduced to them related to the provision of eye and vision care in the pediatric population.  Daily clinical experience will help to strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in pediatric patients as well as expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular and neuro-developmental vision problems. As an active contact lens practice the resident will have the opportunity to participate in contact lens fittings and follow up care for a variety of different contact lens care needs.



Education



Educational activities occur regularly and include, but are not limited to, pediatric optometry and ophthalmology lectures, grand rounds and journal clubs. The resident will prepare a case report of publishable quality during their time at Akron Children’s Hospital. In addition, the resident will prepare and present one poster at the annual EastWest Eye Conference. 



Research



Our vision center has an active clinical and basic science service. The resident will be encouraged to assist or to participate in any on-going laboratory and/or clinical investigation(s) initiated by Akron Children’s Hospital faculty members. The resident will also be encouraged to generate their own studies/seminal work, but it will not be required for successful completion of their residency program.



Goals




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

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

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

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

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



BENEFITS:



The yearly stipend is $59,727 (current salary subject to annual increase) and will be paid out on a biweekly basis. The resident will be provided with 3 weeks of vacation (15 customary working days). Compensation is not contingent upon productivity of the resident.



Benefits associated with this appointment are defined in the policies of Akron Children’s Hospital. The resident will be given the opportunity to purchase health, vision and dental insurance through the Payroll and Benefits Service Center. If the resident should choose to decline, proof of health insurance coverage must be provided.  In addition, parking will be provided, on campus, free of charge to the resident. Professional liability insurance is provided by the hospital. The resident may participate in the Hospital’s 403(b) Plan from their date of hire. Match dollars are not available to the resident.



The resident is entitled to 5 days of conference time each year for medical conventions and courses outside the hospital. The resident will be provided $1,200 annually for use toward medical-related journals or books, conferences, and license renewals.



Fellows are required to obtain an Ohio State Optometry License prior to beginning training.



Smoke, Electronic Cigarette and Tobacco-Free Campus: Akron Children’s is a tobacco-free healthcare system. Prospective employees who test positive for nicotine will have their offer of employment rescinded and will not be permitted to start work.


Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: One
Program Starting Date: July 1 through June 30
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The residency program is one calendar year in length from July 1 through June 30. The resident is assigned 40 hours per week with no on-call duties


Requirements for Completion:
Program Salary/Stipend: The yearly stipend is $60,623 (current salary subject to annual increase) and will be paid out on a biweekly basis.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Vacation

Other:
Completion Certificate:
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Casandra Solis, Pediatric Optometry Residency Director
Telephone: 3305435290
Fax:
E-mail Address: csolis@akronchildrens.org
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

APPLICATION MATERIALS AND PROCEDURES:




  1. All Applicants must complete and return application forms by January 15. Supporting documents should be submitted to the Director of Residency Programs of the Ohio State University College of Optometry no later than January 15. This program uses the Optometry Residency Match. Applicants must complete the ORMatch application at https://natmatch.com/ormatch. Applicants are responsible for ensuring that all supporting documentation is submitted to each entity involved, Akron Children’s Hospital, ORMatch and the Director of Residency Programs at the Ohio State University College of Optometry.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. Applicant must pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry; all examinations required for Ohio licensure and furnish official transcripts when available.

  5. Participation in the program is contingent on successful completion of the Ohio Optometric Licensing exam.  Failure to obtain and maintain a license in good standing with the Ohio Vision Professionals Board would be course for immediate termination from the program.

  6. Three letters of recommendation are required.

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

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

  9. Akron Children’s Hospital Vision Center and the Ohio State University 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 the Ohio State University College of Optometry on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, gender, age, disability or national origin.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:
Program Application Deadline: January 10, 2022

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