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Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy & Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, Texas 78229
Phone Number: 2102836844
Fax Number: 210-283-6890
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Dr. Stephanie Schmiedecke

Director of Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229

(210) 283-6859

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2001
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Pediatric Optometry and Vision Therapy & Vision Rehabilitation at the Rosenberg School of Optometry is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with a primary emphasis in primary pediatric eye care and a secondary emphasis in vision therapy. Residents will acquire advanced training and knowledge related to the evaluation and management of pediatric conditions, binocular vision dysfunction, and childhood development with additional experience managing functional vision and visual perceptual deficits through treatment with vision therapy. The combination of clinical, didactic, and scholarly activities will prepare the resident for professional opportunities in pediatric eye care and binocular vision rehabilitation which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:


The resident will provide optometric care to pediatric patients with a diverse range of conditions in the Eye Institute of the Rosenberg School of Optometry and its affiliated clinics, with an emphasis on developing skill and confidence in the management of pediatric conditions and vision therapy services. In addition, the resident will have the opportunity to to participate in clinical research and a variety of didactic and seminar programs on topics related to clinical and pediatric optometry

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

The resident will typically work at the UIW Eye Institute and its affiliated clnics in the San Antonio area, including the Bowden Eye and Health Care Institute. The resident may also participate in off-site vision screenings at schools located in the San Antonio area or take advantage of RSO’s mission program, which travels to various countries in South America to provide eyecare for those in need. On call is shared between the residents at UIW. Typical weekly hours are ~ 40 hrs.

Requirements for Completion:

A certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements. The completion requirements of the program are: • Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, case report) • Deliver at least one lecture in the pediatric optometry course • Prepare a presentation or poster for submission to a faculty seminar, continuing education lecture, or academic meeting • Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations) • The resident is qualified to see patients independently under the Rosenberg School of Optometry Resident Supervision policy • Successful completion of NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Program Salary/Stipend: $36,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: Time for professional meetings and mission trips if desired
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Aubrey Breithaup
Telephone: 2102836844
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Aubrey Breithaup, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 2102836844
Fax: 210-283-6890
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application Procedure Application is through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch)

1. Visit ORMatch website and submit your application

2. Contact the program coordinator to state your interest in applying

3. Send your curriculum vitae and brief letter of interest regarding your desire to complete this residency program to the program coordinator no later than January 31.

4. Arrange to have the following sent to the program coordinator by January 31: a. Official transcripts from optometry school b. Official NBEO transcript c. Minimum of three letters of recommendation from clinical faculty familiar with the clinical abilities of the applicant

5. On site interviews/video conference will be conducted based upon the quality of the credentials and application information

6. After completing the interview process, complete the ORMatch Applicant’s Ranking Form. Be sure to submit this on or before the ORMatch designated deadline.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

1. Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency.

2. Candidates must have taken or be scheduled to take NBEO Parts 1 and 2. The selected candidate must also have taken or be scheduled to sit for NBEO Part 3.

3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as a therapeutic optometrist in the State of Texas. 4. Candidates must receive full unrestricted clinical privileges at the Eye Institute of the Rosenberg School of Optometry.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

Additional Comments

Your Residency Experience:

Scholarly Activities The resident is required to write at least one paper of publishable quality by the end of the residency. Residents also participate in journal club, grand rounds, and seminar programs. Opportunities to participate in research studies exist for those residents with an interest in clinical research.

Lecturing and Teaching

The resident is required to present at least one lecture in the pediatric optometry course and will assist in select sections of the pediatric and vision therapy lab courses throughout the year. The resident will also prepare a paper or poster presentation to be submitted for presentation at a faculty seminar, continuing education lecture, or academic meeting. The resident will also precept for optometry students in the pediatric and vision therapy clinics at the RSO Eye and Vision Care Clinic and the UIW Bowden Eye Care and Health Institute.

Clinical Privileges

Residents must apply for and be granted clinical privileges by the UIW Eye Institute to be able to participate in the residency program. Residents are required to be supervised as per the Rosenberg School of Optometry Resident Supervision Policy. The Residency Program Supervisor must evaluate and monitor the resident’s level of training, which determines the resident’s privileges.

Continuing Education

Residents are able to attend continuing education sponsored by the Rosenberg School of Optometry at no charge for credit hours. The resident is encouraged to attend at least one major national educational meeting during the year with a preferred emphasis on developmental optometry or vision therapy. A $1000 travel stipend is available to the resident to help defray the cost of attending a national educational conference.