The mission of the Vision Rehabilitation (VR) Residency at Western University of Health Sciences, College of Optometry (WUCO) is to provide Doctors of Optometry advance comprehensive training in different aspects of vision rehabilitation (low vision rehabilitation, neuro-optometric rehabilitation and vision therapy). The resident will provide rehabilitation services to patients of different ages through interprofessional collaborations with other health care professionals in a variety of clinical settings. The curriculum is designed to offer advanced competency in vision rehabilitation to prepare the resident for future practice and leadership in a variety of clinic settings including rehabilitation hospitals/clinics, academia, and private practices with a specialty care emphasis.
Optometry Residency Match
For a complete list of residency programs offered please visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry Residency Program website.
Western University of Health Sciences is one of the largest graduate schools for the health professions in California with eight colleges of health sciences (optometry, osteopathic medicine, graduate nursing, dental medicine, pharmacy, physical therapy, physician assistant, biomedical sciences, and veterinary medicine) and is dedicated to inter- professional education. The residency faculty have decades of clinical and educational expertise in their areas of vision rehabilitation and have trained not only optometrists but also other health care professions in the collaborative care of mutual patients.
The Vision Rehabilitation (VR) Residency program is based out of our main academic clinic in Pomona, California but the residents may also rotate through our satellite clinic in Los Angeles and/or rehabilitation hospital/clinics in the Southern California area. The VR residency program will have two residency positions in two separate tracks.
For Position 1: NOR-VT position:
This VR Residency track with emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehab (NOR) and Vision Therapy (VT) will provide the resident with experience in diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury or stroke patients as well as patients of all ages with eye teaming or binocularity dysfunctions in both the live and virtual setting through innovative patient care technologies. This program will educate the resident on the inter-professional collaborative nature of NOR and VT and how to navigate across health professions to provide optimal patient centered care. The resident can customize their residency experience through the selection of an elective clinical and/or laboratory teaching assignment.
For Position 2: NOR-LVR position:
This VR Residency track with emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehab (NOR) and Low Vision Rehabilitation (LVR) will provide the resident with experience in diagnosing and treating traumatic brain injury or stroke patients as well as visually impaired or legally blind patients of all ages. The resident will have firsthand experience in prescribing assistive devices (low and high tech) and navigating the interprofessional space to provide optimal patient centered care. The resident can customize their residency experience through the selection of an elective clinical and/or laboratory teaching assignment.
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
Approximately 40 hours per week. Share after hours on-call assignments with faculty. Participation in community screening activities will be required on periodic basis.
Residency Director: Loretta Ng, OD, FAAO
Residency Supervisor: Valerie L. Quan, OD, FAAO
- Program Length: 12 months
- Start Date: July 1st
- Positions: 2 (1 per track)
- Compensation: $42,000
- Hours Per Week: 40 + (exempt employees)
- Accreditation Status: Candidacy Pending
- Application Deadline: January 31
- ORMatch Matching Service: Yes
Selection Procedure and Admissions Criteria:
- Successfully graduated from an ACOE accredited school of optometry
- Successfully passed NBEO Parts 1, 2, 3 and TMOD prior to start of program
- Legally authorized to work in the United States
- All documentation including transcripts, NBEO scores, 3 letters of recommendation and letter of intent should be submitted through ORMatch and copies sent to Residency Supervisor
- Candidates will be evaluated based on interview, interest in the program area, prior academic and clinical performance (GPA, NBEO), letters of recommendations and interpersonal skills
Application Materials and Procedures:
- Apply through ORMatch. All documentation including transcripts, NBEO scores, 3 letters of recommendation and letter of intent should be submitted through ORMatch and copies sent to Residency Coordinator/Supervisor
Requirements for Completion:
- The resident must receive at least a “competent” evaluation at the final clinical evaluations as per the Residency Supervisor in consultation with resident’s faculty
- The resident will maintain an accurate record of patient contacts which will be reviewed by the Residency Supervisor intermittently
- The resident will write a publication quality paper on an original research, clinical case report series or literature review
- The resident is required to submit an abstract to a national optometry meeting (AAO or AOA)
- The resident will present a 30-minute lecture at annual resident program
- The resident must have passed all parts of NBEO and be eligible for licensure in the state of California
- Upon successful completion of the program curriculum, the Residency Supervisor and the Director of Residency will recommend the granting of a certificate of completion to the Dean of the College of Optometry and Provost of Western University of Health Sciences
*Resident is required to be fully vaccinated and boosted against COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions per WesternU’s employee policy
Loretta Ng, OD, FAAO
Assistant Dean of Clinical Affairs
Valerie Quan, OD, FAAO
Chief of Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation
Bradley Habermehl, OD, FCOVD, Chief of VT
Serena Sukhija, OD, FAAO, Chief of LVR
Valerie Quan, OD, FAAO, Chief of NOR