|Debra Currie, O.D., MS
University of Houston
College of Optometry
Houston, Texas 77204-2020
Telephone: (713) 743-2304
FAX: (713) 743-2053
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.
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.
Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100
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.
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.
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.
5 to 6 day work week between 43 to 47 hours per week; including after hours on-call and Saturday post-operative care (approximately every 7 weeks)