UH Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital

A Pediatric Residency with an emphasis in Pediatrics, Ocular Disease, and Primary Care

1 Position Available

Mission Statement:

The mission of University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s is: To Heal, To Teach, To Discover. Our pediatric resident will join a multidisciplinary eye care team to advance their skill and knowledge in the treatment and management of ocular conditions affecting infants, toddlers, and adolescents. The goal is to foster exemplary clinical competency, independence and confidence in treating this vulnerable population. The resident will strive to provide high-quality, high-volume medical and routine eye care within the academic medical center. Additionally, there will be opportunities to participate in ongoing clinic research projects to help advance the understanding of both systemic and ocular conditions affecting children.


Program: 52 weeks, starting July 1st

Typical Weekly Hours: 40 hours, no on-call assignments

Program Discription:

Our pediatric optometry resident will join the Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, a multidisciplinary eye care team, to provide routine and medical eye care to the most vulnerable of population in an academic medical center. Our providers have advanced skill and technology. We are leading and influencing the way future providers practice the specialty. The resident will work directly with pediatric optometrists, pediatric ophthalmologists, pediatric ophthalmology fellows, medical residents, optometry externs, technicians, and staff to provide high-quality, efficient, and high-volume care for patients of all ages, focusing on infants through adolescents. There will be interaction with adult patients with strabismic and non-strabismic binocular vision disorders for which the resident will be provided the opportunity to co-manage with our strabismus surgeons and neuro-ophthalmologist to provide spectacle correction with prism. The primary focus for clinical education will be gaining exemplary knowledge and skill in all areas of pediatric optometry including routine vision exams, conventional and specialty pediatric contact lens fittings, myopia management, acute medical ocular conditions, non-penetrating ocular trauma, medical examinations for systemic conditions and medications, amblyopia, strabismic and non-strabismic binocular vision disorders, acquired and congenital visual pathway disorders, and co-management of post-surgical correction of strabismus, cataracts, glaucoma, etc. Our providers work closely with other pediatric sub-specialties to provide vision care for children suspected of having vision-related issues in isolation or in combination with their systemic status, particularly children with behavioral or special needs, genetic syndromes, dermatologic conditions, neurological disorders, and rheumatologic conditions. 


  • Combination of faculty-directed clinical care, independent clinical care with faculty support, independent clinical care with technical support, and self-study with mentorship.
  • The resident will work toward clinical independence in a progressive, per-quarter increase in own clinic time with the opportunity to consult with faculty as needed.
  • The resident will be given the opportunity for surgical observation and NICU ROP rounds on an as desired and space/time allowable basis
  • The resident will participate in two large community vision screenings held annually in conjunction with UH Sport Medicine for sports physical clearance
  • The resident will participate in weekly ophthalmology Grand Rounds for 1 hour once per week and will be expected to present on a topic of their own choosing
  • The resident will prepare a publication quality care report or case series during their residency which will be co-authored and submitted for publication consideration
  • The resident will be expected to make a poster submission to the American Academy of Optometry and/or East West Eye Conference
  • The resident will be expected to follow the requirements and participate in programs as directed by the OSU Residency Director.

Requirements for Completion:

The resident will be awarded a residency certificate specific to pediatric optometry upon the successful completion of the following:

  • All clinical, didactic, and academic assignments
  • Medical documentation and communication
  • Faculty and program reviews
  • Satisfactory or greater remarks on performance evaluations


  • Salary: $50,000.00 annually 
  • Paid leave of 3 weeks (15 business days) of personal and 1 week (5 business days) of professional
  • Medical/Dental/Vision/Prescription Plan with FSA/HSA
  • 403b/401k Retirement
  • Life and Disability Insurance
  • Malpractice/Liability Insurance group coverage
  • Professional expense reimbursement up to $1000.00

Application Materials and Procedures:

Deadline: January 31st 

By January 31st, applicants should have the following on file with the residency coordinator: 

  • Completed application through ORMatch website 
    OR Match #44147
  • Current curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Statement of Intent
  • Official optometry transcripts
  • NBEO scores
  • Letters of recommendation from three faculty closely acquainted with the applicant’s clinical proficiency

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants will be evaluated based on their submission through OR Match
  • Provide all required materials to the Residency Director by the indicated deadline
  • The Selection Committee will review all applications and offer an in-person interview to candidates meeting the desired qualifications for our program
  • Preferred candidates will have:
    • Graduated or anticipated graduation with the degree of Doctor of Optometry from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry with a 3.0 (out of 4.0) GPA or higher at the time of application
    • Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO
    • Ability to obtain State of Ohio Optometry License prior to start of program
Dr. Peiffer

Adam J. Peiffer, OD, MS, FAAO
Residency Coordinator
Assistant Professor
Case Western Reserve University SOM Optometrist
440-684-1742 Ext 2

University Hospitals Rainbow Babies & Children’s Hospital
Department of Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus
2101 Adelbert Rd.
Cleveland, OH 44106