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Pediatrics and Binocular Vision

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: HPD Terry Building
3200 South University Drive
Fort Lauderdale, Florida 33328
Phone Number: 954-262-4227
Fax Number: 954-262-1818
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Pinar Haytac, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 1st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/29/1997
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in Pediatric and Binocular Vision at Nova Southeastern University seeks to attract qualified graduates from schools and colleges of optometry and to provide them with advanced clinical training and didactic knowledge in pediatric optometry and binocular vision. Those who complete the program are expected to have expertise in providing eye care for infants, children and special needs patients as well as patients of all ages with binocular anomalies and/or visually related learning problems. They are expected to have the knowledge and skills to employ the health care team approach to patient care management. They will have the necessary skills to serve as optometric educators and to contribute to the advancement of the profession in the areas of pediatric optometry and binocular vision. 

Program Description:

This residency program provides advanced training in the primary optometric care of pediatric patients, as well as in the specialty areas of infant vision, binocular vision, strabismus, amblyopia, visual perception, vision therapy and pediatric eye disease. The resident participates in direct patient care as well as in clinical supervision of fourth year optometry students. This program offers the resident the opportunity to provide full scope optometric care in a multidisciplinary setting. Residents work with physicians, educators, psychologists, and other professionals in a diverse assortment of clinical and educational settings. This is achieved through rotations through various clinics and service providers. The residency stresses the health care team approach to patient care management. Didactic experience will include seminars, case conferences, laboratory teaching, research, and the completion of a scholarly paper or case presentation for publication. The intent is that the resident will be prepared to apply the knowledge and skills gained from this residency to the varied types of practice now within the health care system.

Program Length: Other (please explain)
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The Residency is a 12.5 month program. The Resident is expected to work up to 5.5 days per week. The clinics are open from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. There is evening clinic on Wednesday until 8:00 pm and residents will be assigned to this clinic for portions of the year. All residents are expected to work on Saturday, which is a half day from 8:00 am to approximately 1:00 pm. Clinical assignments vary and are determined by the Program Coordinator. There is evening clinic on Wednesday in the Pediatric Service until 7:00 pm and the residents will be assigned to this clinic for portions of the year. The residents are responsible for after-hours emergency care on a rotating basis, on average, 6 weeks per year.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Satisfactory evaluations from Program Coordinator and Supervisors. 2. Complete a manuscript of publishable quality. 3. Attend all assigned conferences. 4. Deliver Grand Round presentations and lectures. 5. Attend all scheduled clinical assignments. 6. Complete all patient, didactic and scholarship logs. 7. Attend the minimum number of local society meetings.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000 for the first 12 months plus pro-rated amount for additional 2 weeks.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Other: 5.5 vacation days, 3 personal days, 10 professional development days, 5 sick days, approximately 12.5 days for holiday closures, lab jackets, business cards
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Katherine Green, OD, FAAO, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 954-262-4227
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Katherine Green, OD, FAAO

Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry

3200 S. University Dr.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33328


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All candidates must have received an OD degree from a College of Optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) prior to matriculation. All candidates are expected to submit into ORMatch the required letter of intent, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from an ACOE accredited college of optometry demonstrating a recommended minimum GPA of 2.8 or an average of 82% and three (3) letters of recommendation.

Candidates are expected to pass Part I of the NBEO in order to be offered an interview. Part II and TMOD must be taken prior to interview and successfully passed in order to be ranked in the ORMatch system in March. Candidates that do not pass Part II or TMOD, but have completed their application, will not be ranked but may be considered for any remaining unfilled positions once Part I, II and TMOD have been successfully completed. Every candidate that applies is required to take Part III of NBEO and scores submitted as soon as available. All candidates must be license eligible in the state of Florida or another state and eligible to receive a Faculty Certificate.

Every candidate who applies must register with the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), unless the candidate is applying for an UNFILLED position AFTER the official match date for a given year. Every candidate must be personally interviewed by the Director of Residency Programs and Coordinator to be considered for the program. Additional faculty may participate in the interview. Telephone interviews are not granted without extenuating circumstances and are only permissible when travel to the clinical facility is impossible.

Every candidate will be evaluated and rated based upon the interview and the candidates' submitted materials, in the areas of didactic and clinical knowledge, interpersonal skills, integrity, adaptability, motivation, maturity and patient management skills. Based on ratings of the candidate by the interviewers, the Director of Residency Programs and Program Coordinators will select and rank the most qualified applicant(s). The names of those candidates who are found to be acceptable will be submitted to the administrators at the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch), according to their policies and deadlines.

All candidates must hold a valid social security number and visa if international prior to beginning program.

Program Application Deadline: February 1st

Additional Comments

The applicant must submit the ORMatch application by the program deadline of February 1st. A background search will be conducted on all matched applicants prior to starting the program. View resident testimonials here: