MCO Residency in Pediatric Optometry

Infant Eye ExamType: Pediatric Optometry

Number of Positions: 1

Location: Michigan College of Optometry, Big Rapids, MI

Mission: The Pediatric and Binocular Vision Residency at the Michigan College of Optometry will provide post-doctoral clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in primary and secondary pediatric care. Special emphasis will be placed on the evaluation, treatment, and management of infant and preschool patients and binocular vision disorders, with opportunities in the areas of vision therapy, vision information processing, and traumatic brain injury. Residents will be equipped with the necessary tools for life-long learning through clinical, scholarly, and didactic activities, thereby enabling continued advanced level competency throughout his or her professional career.

 Residency Supervisor:

Paula McDowell, OD, FAAO
Michigan College of Optometry 
1124 S. State Street, MCO 250
Big Rapids, MI 49307 
231.591.2182 - telephone 
231.591.2394 - fax 
[email protected]

Program Information

  • Goal 1: To provide an extensive and varied clinical experience in the management of primary pediatric care

    • The resident will become proficient and efficient in the provision of eye care services.
    • The resident will provide care to a sufficient number and diversity of patients to feel competent in the evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, and management of pediatric patients.
    • Under the supervision of attending faculty, the resident will provide care to a sufficient number of patients to feel competent in the treatment and management of binocular vision anomalies.
    • Under supervision of attending staff, the resident will provide care to patients with learning-related vision problems.
    • Under supervision of attending faculty, the resident will provide care to a sufficient number of primary care patients to enhance clinical decision-making skills.

    Goal 2: To gain and develop expertise in advanced technical skills necessary to care for patients with complex problems

    • The resident will become proficient in diagnostic and therapeutic pediatric and binocular vision procedures.
    • The resident will become proficient in amblyopia and strabismus evaluations.
    • The resident will become proficient in administering and interpreting testing for visual information processing assessments.

    Goal 3: To develop critical thinking skills necessary to care for patients with complex problems

    • The resident will develop critical thinking and problem solving skills that will enhance his or her ability to form differential diagnoses and management plans.
    • The resident will improve his/her understanding of the role of optometry in the general medical community.
    • The resident will improve his or her understanding of experimental design and statistical analysis, and will apply this knowledge in critical review of ophthalmic literature.

    Goal 4: To provide the resident with experiences that will facilitate continued contribution to the profession of optometry through a variety of venues including teaching, scholarly activities, and community and professional organizations

    • The resident will develop skills necessary for clinical optometric teaching.
    • The resident will participate in a wide variety of didactic offerings.
    • The resident will prepare a scientific publication and presentation.
    • The resident will be exposed to community and professional organizations and will be given the opportunity to participate.

    Goal 5: To enhance the resident’s ability to communicate verbally and in writing

    • The resident will develop the skills necessary for effective verbal communication with patients and members of the medical community.
    • The resident will develop the skills necessary for effective written communication within the medical community.
    • 40 hours per week
    • On-call every other week
  • Clinical Activities:

    Didactic Activities:

    Scholarly Activities:

  • The University Eye Center (UEC) is a full-service eye care clinic located within the Michigan College of Optometry (MCO) at Ferris State University. The clinic services University employees, students, the Big Rapids community, and Northern/Western Michigan. In addition to providing comprehensive care, the UEC has specialty clinics in the following areas: Ocular Disease, Pre- and Post-Surgical Care, Specialty Contact Lenses, Pediatrics, and Binocular Vision & Vision Therapy. Each specialty clinic is run by dedicated doctors who are leaders in their areas of expertise, and often receive referrals from practitioners all over the state of Michigan.
    • Employment for a 12 months period commencing on July 1 and ending June 30 of the residency year
    • Stipend of $31,000
    • Medical and malpractice insurance
    • Ten leave days for personal/professional activitiesAn appropriate amount of leave for illness. Extended sick leave requires documentation of medical necessity from the resident’s physician
    • To serve as a resident for the entire period specified above
    • To perform to the best of his/her abilities in all assigned duties
    • To maintain and complete supervisor evaluations, patient logs, etc.
    • To complete one publishable quality paper
    • To maintain standards of competence in clinical practice
    • To act in a professional manner at all times
    • To observe all rules and regulations of the Michigan College of Optometry including:
    • Practice within the scope of clinical privileges
    • Practice according to the rules of residency supervision
    • To refrain from participating in any activities (personal or other employment related) that would interfere with the effective performance of all assigned duties and responsibilities
    • To refuse fees or payment in any form from patients, staff physicians or others