Vision Therapy—Rehabilitation and Pediatric Optometry | Residency

Sponsor and Academic Affiliate: Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregon

Mission

The mission of the Pacific University College of Optometry Vision Therapy, Rehabilitation and Pediatric Optometry 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.

Residency Program Coordinators: 

Graham B. Erickson, OD
Richard London, MA, OD
John P. Lowery, OD, MEd.

Length of Program: 54 weeks

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $35,000 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident

Hours: 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.

Leave: The resident earns ten days paid annual leave and ten days paid sick leave per year

Professional Liability Protection: Provided by Pacific University

Health Insurance Benefits: Health and dental insurance is provided through Pacific University

Certificate of Completion: Once all published requirements for completion have been met, the resident will be presented with a Certificate of Completion

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: Offer experience in didactic and laboratory Pediatrics and Vision Therapy education.

Goal 3: Encourage the resident’s pursuit of scholarly activity.

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

Residency Experience

Clinical Activities

The resident will be provided with a large number of patient encounters in a variety of clinical settings with diverse patient populations. These patient encounters will provide exposure to a large variety of pediatric, binocular vision, acquired brain injury and visual information processing conditions and an enhanced experience with co-management of patient care.

Teaching & Lecturing

The resident will serve as an assistant course instructor for second and third year laboratories in the areas of Vision Therapy for Binocular and Ocular Dysfunction, and Assessment and Management of Strabismus and Amblyopia.  In addition to instruction, the resident will be responsible for lab preparation and grading.

Lecture experience is provided at the annual Northwest Residents Conference where the resident presents an original lecture, case report, or summary of research. The resident may present lectures and workshops in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, classroom presentations.

Scholarly Activities

The resident is required to complete a research paper, literature review or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program to present at the annual Northwest Residents Conference. Attendance is encouraged at Pacific University sponsored continuing education programs and the registration fees are waived.  The resident is also encouraged to attend other educational programs.

Administration | Research Time

The resident will be given four hours per week each semester of unscheduled creative time to devote to research, scholarly work and professional development. This time will be appropriately scheduled on days when residency faculty are available to mentor the resident during their scholarly pursuits.

Weekly Optometric Seminar

The resident will meet weekly with the residency faculty to discuss patient care issues. During the weekly resident seminar, time is devoted for literature review, research projects and in-depth discussion of pediatric, binocular vision, neuro-rehabilitation and vision therapy related topics of interest. The resident is expected to use their creative time to review the current literature prior to the weekly seminar and work on research projects. In addition, the resident coordinates a roundtable case conference with the college faculty monthly and a monthly journal club meeting with the COVD student organization.

Library & Research Resources

The resident is provided access to the libraries and computer databases of both Pacific University and Oregon Health and Science University. Access is provided to the College's in-house references including texts, journals, audio-visuals, and computer-based resources. Residents are permitted to use the computer work stations in the Student Computer Room in Jefferson Hall and will receive audio-visual support in generating slides, videos, overheads, etc., for use in presentations or papers being developed as part of the residency experience. Access to the extensive ophthalmic library at Casey Eye Institute is also available.

Computer, Email & Telephone Access

Computers with Internet access are available for use in the school and library at Pacific University. The resident is assigned an email address.

Performance Evaluations

The resident will receive quarterly written evaluations from the residency program coordinator. The resident will evaluate the residency program and the residency program coordinator at mid-year and at the end of the year.

Worksite

Pacific Eye Trends – Portland

This clinic, located in a medical building in downtown Portland, serves the eye care needs of Multnomah County and is a full scope primary care facility.  This is where the resident participates in a full day per week of patient care in the Ocular Motility and Neuro Optometry Center (OMNO) – a co-management clinic directed by an optometric physician, Dr. Richard London, and a pediatric ophthalmologist, Dr. David Wheeler.  Observation of strabismus surgery is an element of this experience.

Pacific Eye Trends – Forest Grove

Located in the newer section of Jefferson Hall on the Forest Grove campus, this clinic serves the eye care needs of Western Washington County and is a full scope primary care facility.  This is a specialty referral service that will provide one half day per week of vision therapy experience in the care of special populations.

Veterans Administration Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS)

The VAPORHCS hospital serves the veterans of Northern Oregon and Southwest Washington in a hospital-based setting. Vision rehabilitation opportunities include post-trauma, acquired brain injury, low vision and other conditions unique to a largely elderly, male population. The resident will assist in providing direct vision rehabilitation care as part of a multidisciplinary team one full day per week. This is an excellent experience for the resident to manage a wide variety of ocular and systemic pathologies that affects binocular vision and vision perception.

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.

Application Process

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

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.

Application Deadline: January 31

Living & Resources

Housing & Cost of Living

One bedroom apartments in the Portland metropolitan area average $600–$700 per month, and two bedroom apartments average $700–$800 per month. 

Month-to-month lease options are commonly available in the Portland area. One bedroom apartments in Forest Grove average $500–$600 per month, and two bedroom apartments average $600–$700 per month.

Recreation

Portland has been described as the "city of books, beer, bikes and blooms," and offers numerous activities involving all of these aspects. Outdoor adventures abound with Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast, forests and several rivers within 60 miles from the city limits. Portland’s events and festivals provide new forms of entertainment throughout the year.

Call or Email Today

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Graham B. Erickson, OD | Residency Coordinator

Pacific University College of Optometry
2043 College Way
Forest Grove, OR  97116

503-352-3197 | graham@pacificu.edu