Pediatric Optometry Residency

We are pleased to offer a residency in pediatric optometry.  We will accept our first resident in August 2019.  The program is proud to be affiliated with Southern College of Optometry in Memphis, TN. 

Program Description and Mission

The pediatric optometry residency at the Duke University Eye Center offers a multi-specialty, high volume, progressive learning environment involving pediatric care. Residents will become proficient in all aspects of pediatric optometry including primary care, contact lens, binocular vision and diagnosis and medical treatment of ocular pathology. Due to the nature of the setting of this residency, training includes working with pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric retina specialists, and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists.

 

Program Goals and Objectives

 

Goal 1: Enhance the resident’s skills in the provision of pediatric optometric eye and vision care.

 
Objective 1: The resident will develop a high degree of competency in the provision of pediatric optometric services.
Outcome: The resident will provide optometric service involving a minimum of 1500 direct patient encounters on patients’ ages 18 years and younger.
Measure: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.
 
Objective 2: The resident will develop advanced competency in providing visual care to a diverse patient population.
Outcome: The resident will perform a minimum of 800 refractive evaluations on patients’ ages 18 years and younger.
Measure: The resident will report the number and age of patient encounters using the activity log.
 
Objective 3: The resident will gain experience in the treatment of ocular disease in pediatric patients.
Outcome: The resident will experience a minimum of 100 ocular disease-related patient encounters involving patients age 18 years and younger.
Measure: The resident will report the number and age of patient encounters using the activity log

Goal 2: Strengthen the resident’s expertise in the diagnosis and management of vision problems in pediatric patients.

 
Objective 1: The resident will perform the appropriate diagnostic procedures.
Outcome: The resident will consistently select and successfully perform the proper diagnostic procedures for each patient.
Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to determine if the desired level of technical and cognitive ability is being exhibited.
 
Objective 2: The resident will determine the correct diagnoses for each patient.
Outcome: The resident will consistently select the correct diagnosis for each patient with increasing independence as the residency program progresses.
Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to assess the appropriateness of the resident’s diagnostic ability.
 
Objective 3: The resident will determine the best management for each patient.
Outcome: The resident will consistently devise an appropriate management plan for each patient in order to best address the patient’s needs.
Measure: The resident will be evaluated quarterly by the supervisor to assess the appropriateness of the resident’s diagnostic ability.

Goal 3: Expand the resident’s knowledge of binocular, developmental vision problems and contact lens.

 
Objective 1: The resident will gain experience in managing patients with strabismus, accommodative, vergence and motility disorders.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 300 patients with strabismus, accommodative, vergence and motility disorders.
Measures: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.
 
Objective 2: The resident will gain experience in managing patients with amblyopia.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 150 patients with amblyopia.
Measure: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.
 
Objective 3: The resident will gain experience in managing pediatric patients in contact lenses.
Outcome: The resident will evaluate and manage a minimum of 150 patients with contact lenses.
Measure: The resident will report the number of patient encounters of this type using the activity log.

Goal 4: Develop the resident’s skill in presenting topics to resident professionals.

 
Objective: The resident will acquire and practice skills needed to effectively present information to other professionals in group settings.
Outcome: The resident will present one lecture during the annual residency conference and one lecture at a Community Education CE dinner. When possible, the resident will present posters or lectures in other settings such as the American Academy of Optometry.
Measure: The resident will report these types of activities using the activity summary.

Goal 5: Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of education.

 
Objective: The resident will attempt to attend all pediatric lectures, grand rounds and symposiums hosted by the Duke Eye Center.
Outcome: The resident will attend all pediatric lectures, grand rounds and symposiums hosted by the Duke Eye Center.
Measure: The resident will report these types of activities using the activity summary.