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ABC Children's Eye Specialists Pediatric Optometry Residency

Midwestern University - Arizona College of Optometry

The mission of the Pediatric Optometry program at ABC Children’s Eye Specialists is to provide advanced clinical education in a high volume, tertiary care clinical environment. Residents will learn co-management skills with pediatric ophthalmologists, and other disciplines, to provide them with a comprehensive pediatric clinical approach. This program will prepare residents to diagnose, treat, manage, and co-manage all levels of pediatric eye care. The program will also teach residents the importance of scholarly activity and evidence based practice.


General Information

Duration of Agreement: July 1 - June 30

Number of Positions: One (1) position available each year.

Annual Salary: The annual compensation is $60,000. The resident's compensation is not contingent upon productivity. The resident is also provided a travel allowance for an optometry conference, and a living stipend of $1,500 per month.

Hours:  Typical hours are 7:45 AM – 4:30 PM, with Friday afternoons reserved for didactic and scholarly work. The resident will spend time at clinical sites in Phoenix and Mesa. The resident is on call on a rotating schedule with other providers.

Leave:  15 days PTO.

Professional Liability Protection: Professional liability insurance is provided by ABC Children’s Eye Specialists.


Program Goals

  1. Enhance pediatric optometry technical skills
  2. Increase competency in diagnosis, treatment, and management of primary and advanced pediatric eye conditions and diseases
  3. Develop multidisciplinary communication skills.
  4. Emphasize the importance of didactic and scholarly activity and evidence-based practice.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants 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.
  2. Applicants must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part III.
  3. The applicant must be a U.S. citizen


Application Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at
  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the applicant's reasons for pursuing a pediatric optometry residency, as well as their goals and expectations for the year.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or practicing optometrists familiar with the applicant's clinical and/or didactic abilities are required; at least one letter must be from a faculty member. Letters should be submitted directly by the author through ORMatch.
  • Applicants must include a current curriculum vitae, NBEO board scores, and an unofficial optometry school transcript through ORMatch. Applicants invited to interview will be asked to additionally supply an official transcript from their optometry school's registrar.


Selection Procedure

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview
  • Applicant rankings will be determined by the Residency Coordinator and submitted to ORMatch


Completion Requirements

  • The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case(s) suitable for publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal.
  • The resident is required to present at the Arizona College of Optometry Residents' Day.
  • The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all patients via Meditrek® and meet submission deadlines.
  • The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a satisfactory level at all clinical sites as determined by the clinical supervisors/preceptors involved in the resident's training.
  • The resident will be expected to act in a professional manner with all patient, student, doctor, and staff interactions.
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