Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center

A Pediatric Optometry Residency

1 Position Available

Mission Statement: 

The residency program in optometry at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital has the intended mission of training individuals to augment their clinical competence and knowledge base in the area of pediatric eye care. We seek to build upon the resident’s existing skill set and knowledge base in pediatric eye care through an interdisciplinary/hospital-based approach to patient care which includes exposure to clinical research and optometric education.


The resident will be afforded the opportunity to strengthen their skill set and knowledge base in the following areas of training:

  • The diagnosis and management of refractive disorders in toddlers and young children.
  • The non-surgical treatment and management of patients with strabismus and/or motility disorders.
  • The diagnosis and management of amblyopia.
  • The diagnosis and management of non-penetrating eye injury.
  • The evaluation and treatment of ocular manifestations for patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis.
  • The fitting of specialty contact lenses for pediatric patients.
  • The prescription of low vision devices for school-aged children with visual impairment.
  • Ophthalmic knowledge base pertaining to pediatric eye conditions through self-study.
  • Scholarly activity through scientific presentation/publication and lecturing opportunities.
  • Communication skills with families, peers, referring doctors and other subspecialists within the hospital and medical community.

Vision therapy training is not a formal part of the curriculum. 

Surgical observation is not a formal part of the curriculum.


The program starts the first week of July and runs for 52 weeks. The exact date is set by the GME Office.

The resident is assigned 40 hours per week with no on-call duties.

Program Description:

This pediatric optometry residency program is intended for the optometrist interested in developing their skills in the diagnosis and management of children’s eye and vision related disorders. Housed within the Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology, this hospital based program offers the opportunity for the practitioner to establish the necessary skills to become an effective member of a comprehensive pediatric eye care team.

Completion Requirements:

The resident will receive a certificate certifying completion of the program at the end of the residency. Successful program completion requirements are as follows:

  • Complete all clinic duties including patient care and electronic medical record documentation
  • Complete and document all scholarly and didactic activities
  • Complete all faculty and program evaluations.
  • Complete all reports, literature reviews and/or research projects to the satisfaction of the teaching faculty
  • Achieve satisfactory or higher on all resident Core Competency and Resident evaluations


  • Salary: $40,000
  • Health insurance
  • Malpractice insurance
  • Cincinnati Children’s observes nine national holidays, and the resident is permitted to have four weeks of personal/vacation leave and is entitled to sick leave during the program.
  • A $1,000 reimbursable educational stipend.

Application Materials and Procedures:

Deadline: January 31

  • Apply through and participate in ORMatch website
    ORMatch # 30628
  • Upload Curriculum vitae, official optometry transcripts, 3 letter of recommendation, and a personal statement (not to exceed one page) to the ORMatch website
  • Program Application Deadline: January 31: After this date, applicants will no longer be able to submit an application to the program through ORMatch
  • Interview Dates: Thursday, February 16th

After all application materials are collected and reviewed, only selected candidates will be interviewed, and a Rank Order List will be submitted to Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch). See for further details.

To be considered for this residency position, the candidate must be in good academic standing, passed NBEO Boards (Part I, II, III, TMOD) and have attained (or obtain by program start) a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and an Ohio Optometry license.

Dr. Rice

Melissa L. Rice, OD, FAAO
Residency Coordinator

Division of Pediatric Ophthalmology
Abrahamson Pediatric Eye Institute
Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center
3333 Burnet Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45229-3039