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Pediatric Optometry - Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Pacific University & Associated Clinics
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 2043 College Way

Forest Grove & Portland, Oregon 97116
Phone Number: 503-352-3197
Fax Number: 503-352-2929
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2004
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Pacific University College of Optometry Pediatric Optometry, Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation residency program is to prepare optometrists for professional excellence by providing advanced clinical experience and academic teaching exposure in pediatrics, vision therapy/rehabilitation, co-management of strabismus and vision therapy in a primary care setting.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. Provide opportunities for in-depth clinical experience specializing in pediatrics, vision therapy, vision rehabilitation, and co-management of strabismus.

Goal 2. To offer experience in didactic and laboratory education in Vision Therapy and Pediatric Optometry

Goal 3. Encourage the resident's pursuit of scholarly activity.

Goal 4. Stimulate a commitment to service in the resident.

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

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week of activities is 40-50 hours.  On a rotating basis, the resident will be assigned as the primary on-call provider after hours for the clinics of Pacific University College of Optometry.  The on-call duty is shared with College Faculty and the Pacific University Cornea and Contact Lens resident.

Requirements for Completion:

Fulfillment of program participation for the duration of the program year. Preparing and delivering a presentation at the annual Northwest Optometry Residents' Conference. Preparing a potentially publishable manuscript.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,000 - Salary is not contingent upon productivity of the resident
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Graham B. Erickson, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 503-352-3197
Fax: 503-352-2929
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at

Furnish official transcripts of all optometric and graduate education.

Submit an essay describing the career choices, experiences and motivation for applying.

Three letters of reference from individuals familiar with the applicant's clinical and academic performance.

Be available for a formal interview with the Residency Committee.

For additional information about these residency opportunities, please contact: Graham B. Erickson, O.D. Residency Program Supervisor College of Optometry Pacific University 2043 College Way Forest Grove, OR 97116 877-722-8648 ext. 3197 503-352-3197 (Direct)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility Criteria

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 program.

Candidates must pass all portions of the NBEO and attain Oregon state licensure prior to the starting date of the residency. Candidates do not need to be a U.S. Citizen. Non-citizens must either be living in the USA as a "Permanent Resident" or must be eligible for F-1 Optional Practical Training (F-1 OPT) status. 

Pacific University’s policy of non-discrimination based on gender, race, religion, creed, national origin, sexual orientation or non-disqualifying physical disabilities will be strictly upheld during the selection process.

Program Application Deadline: January 31

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