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Pedatric Optometry/ Binocular Vision

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Illinois College of Optometry/ Illinois Eye Institute
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: Illinois College of Optometry
3241 S, Michigan
Chicago, Illinois 60616
Phone Number: 312-949-7336
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Heather McLeod OD (

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1990
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
Comment: ICO accepts applications from Canadian graduates of US optometry schools.
Program Mission Statement:

Providing Advanced Competency Training in Binocular Vision and Pediatric Optometry through Education, Scholarship and Patient Care.

Program Description:

This program provides advanced clinical experience in binocular vision and pediatric optometry. The residency offers a special opportunity to develop expertise in the diagnosis and treatment of the following: strabismus and amblyopia; non-strabismic binocular vision, accommodative, and ocular motility disorders; visually-related learning problems; and vision care for infants, children, head trauma patients, and those with special needs. The program is designed to provide the resident with intensive clinical training and experience through participation in both patient care and didactic activities. The resident has an opportunity to provide vision care to a large number of patients from varied socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Other responsibilities include supervising students in clinic, giving grand rounds presentations, attending the weekly Resident Seminar, completing a research project or case report of publishable quality, and clinical rotations in specialty advanced-care clinics and the Emergency Service at the Illinois Eye Institute. The program is flexible and may be adapted to the resident's particular needs and interests.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

In a typical week, the resident participates in the following activities, direct patient care and precepting 4th years students in the pediatric and developmental disabilities clinics on-site at ICO, teaching of 3rd year students in pediatric related labs, educational rounds, research & development, and 4-5 hours per week in our Urgent Care Clinic. The resident is expected to spend at least 44 hours/week doing residency activities.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Attendance at all clinical assignments 2. Attendance and participation in all scheduled conferences. 3. Submission of a paper of publishable quality. 4. Successful completion of all learning objectives.

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000 per year, not contingent on productivity
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: Christine Allison, OD
Telephone: 312-949-7336
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application is through the ORMatch

1. Visit ORMatch web site and submit your application.

2. Contact the program coordinator (Christine Allison, O.D., F.A.A.O., F.C.O.V.D. 312-949-7336) declaring your interest in applying. If mailing use the ICO address, 3241 S. Michigan Ave., Chicago, Il. 60616.

3..Applicants are encouraged to take part three of NBEO prior to January so results may be available at the interview.

4. Arrangements for an on-site interview will be made.

5. After completing the interview process, complete the ORMatch Applicant's Ranking Form.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The applicant must, prior to matriculation, have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.  All applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, religion or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. Application information and an on-campus interview are used for the selection procedure.

Program Application Deadline: January 15

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