Mission Statement:

The pediatric optometry residency program at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute provides advanced clinical training in pediatric eye care.  We intend to train competent and compassionate optometrists who provide high-quality, evidence-based pediatric eye care and are prepared for a career in a medical and/or academic setting.


Program Description:

Residents in our 12- month program will strengthen their pediatric exam skills and learn to diagnose and manage pediatric visual and ocular conditions in a hospital-based setting. They will also receive training in pediatric low vision, pediatric contact lens fitting, and providing eye care to children with special needs. Residents will have the opportunity to co-manage patients with pediatric ophthalmologists as well as other subspecialty ophthalmologists. They will also learn to collaborate and consult with other healthcare providers across the academic medical center.


Clinical Curriculum:

The resident will have clinic four and a half days per week. Direct pediatric patient care is prioritized. Residents will spend the majority of their clinic time at the main Vanderbilt Eye Institute location in Nashville but will also go to the Vanderbilt Eye Institute clinic in Franklin (30 minutes south of Nashville).

The resident will have the opportunity to be assigned to Project PAVE, a pediatric low vision clinic, as well as the Low Vision/Visual Rehabilitation Clinic. The resident will also have the opportunity to observe subspecialty pediatric ophthalmology clinics, including oculoplastics, cornea, uveitis and retina. 

Up to two half-days per week will be spent in the comprehensive and contact lens optometry clinic providing direct patient care. The resident will provide routine eye care and contact lens services and have the opportunity to learn specialty contact lens fitting.

There is no vision therapy in the curriculum. 


Academic Curriculum:

The resident will have one half-day per week for academic and administrative responsibilities.

The resident will be expected to attending the following events:

  • Bimonthly pediatric ophthalmology journal club 
  • Bimonthly pediatric optometry case conference
  • Weekly ophthalmology Grand Rounds
  • Resident lectures pertaining to pediatric ophthalmology

The resident will be strongly encouraged to attend the American Academy of Optometry meeting. They are also encouraged to attend continuing education activities offered by the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and the UAB School of Optometry at no cost to the resident.

The resident will be required to keep a patient and academic activity log. The resident will also be required to write a paper based on original research, literature review, or a clinical case or case series suitable for publication in a refereed ophthalmic journal. The resident will give a lecture as a part of the Residents Day Presentations at the UAB School of Optometry.



The salary is $40,000. Health insurance and liability insurance are provided.  The resident will also be given a reimbursable $1,000 academic/travel allowance. The resident is allowed 10 days of personal leave.



Applicants must submit an Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) application that includes the following supporting documentation:  statement of interest, curriculum vitae, official optometry school transcript, copy of full NBEO score report, and three letters of recommendation.  Selected applicants will be invited to interview with the Residency Selection Committee in February.

Applicants must have earned, or will have earned by the start of the program, an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry. Applicants must have passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) exams.  Successful completion of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease (TMOD) examination and the Injections Skills Exam (ISE) is required for licensure in the State of Tennessee.  The Vanderbilt University Medical Center is an Equal Employment Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. 


Contact Information:

Stephanie Jian, OD, FAAO

Residency Program Supervisor

Silvia Clavijo
Program Coordinator