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Pediatric Optometry Residency

Program Site:

University of Houston University Eye Institute



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Debra Currie, O.D., MS
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
 Telephone: (713) 743-2304
 FAX: (713) 743-2053
  E-Mail: dcurrie2@central.uh.edu

Mission Statement:

The residency program in Pediatric Optometry seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in all aspects of pediatric optometry including: the vision care of infants and preschool children; the evaluation, management, and co-management of binocular vision anomalies; the evaluation and management of multiply-challenged children, children with learning difficulties and developmental disorders, as well as patients with acquired brain injuries. Residents who complete the program are expected to provide an advanced level of clinical care in pediatric optometry.

Program Description

The program is designed to aid the resident in acquiring the special skills and knowledge required for the comprehensive clinical care of children and the unique problems they present. Additionally, advanced clinical training in the management of binocular vision anomalies in patients of all ages, care of multi-challenged children, and patients with vision problems associated with brain injury is provided. The residency achieves this goal by combining patient care with a series of didactic lectures and research. The resident will interact with an outstanding clinical and graduate faculty. In addition, the resident will participate in the emergency call service.

Length of Program: 53 weeks
Starting date of program: June 22, 2020
Cost of tuition to resident/graduate student: None
Thesis Requirement: Yes
Salary /Stipend: $38,000
Date Program Established: 2005
Hours of attendance at College: The typical week for the resident is 43 hours of attendance including patient care, seminars, and teaching assignments;with up to 47 hours including On-call responsibilities. On-call responsibilities are shared by the residents at the College (typically 7 residents). One week of after-hours on-call is assigned approximately every 7 weeks.
  1. Health benefits
  2. Retirement program
  3. Vacation
  4. Sick leave
  5. Financial support to professional meetings
  6. Institutional malpractice insurance
  7. Access to University courses, and continuing education offered by the College.


Accreditation Status:

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Educational Opportunities:

Direct supervised patient care experiences in the Pediatric and Binocular Vision Service including multiply impaired populations, multidisciplinary care of children with learning problems, and brain injured patients. Patient care opportunities in Family Practice, Contact Lens, and Medical Services are also available. Participation in graduate courses which are related to the field of interest. Attendance and participation in faculty and resident seminars and clinical grand rounds. Interaction with pediatric ophthalmologists who serve as clinic faculty at the University Eye Institute.

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student:

Laboratory teaching in such areas as primary care procedures, medical procedures, and pediatrics. Supervise third year professional students in the Family Practice and Pediatric Services as skills develop.

Research Responsibilities:

The resident, under the guidance of his/her advisor, will select a research project; clinical investigation, laboratory investigation, or extensive library research. A written report suitable for publication in an optometric journal is required.

Completion Requirements

  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level, which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies specific to their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care.
  2. The resident is required to keep a log of patient names and associated information.
  3. The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements specific to their program. This is either original or library research resulting in a paper of publishable quality.
  4. The resident is required to deliver three rounds-style presentations.
  5. The resident is required to successfully complete all clinical rotations included in the Core and Elective curriculum.
  6. The resident is required to successfully complete all teaching assignments.
  7. The resident must attend required seminars, journal clubs and case discussions.
  8. The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, rotations, seminars, their Program Coordinator, and the exit interview.
  9. The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing all requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of the Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident.

Curriculum requirements in hours:

5 day work week between 43 to 47 hours per week; including after hours on-call.

  1. Doctor of optometry degree (OD) from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry
  2. Two letters of reference from clinical faculty members
  3. Copy of all optometry transcripts
  4. Curriculum Vita and a letter of intent
  5. Pass all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the residency
  6. A State of Texas Optometry license (completion of testing prior to beginning of program)

Apply through ORMatch and submit application materials to:

Cristian Loayza
University of Houston
College of Optometry
4901 Calhoun Rd. 
Houston , TX 77204
 (713) 743-1990
  (713) 743-2046