Phoenix Children's Hospital residency in Pediatric Optometry

Optometric Residencies / Phoenix Children's Hospital Residency

The Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry at Phoenix Children's Hospital provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education and advanced competency training in the clinical examination, diagnosis and management of eye and vision problems encountered in pediatric eye care.

General Information

Duration of Agreement: July 1 - June 30 
Number of Positions: One (1) position available each year. 
Annual Salary: The annual compensation is $50,000. The resident's compensation is not contingent upon productivity.  
Hours:  The resident is scheduled for a minimum of 40 hours per week at the Phoenix Children's Hospital facilities throughout the Phoenix area.  The resident does not have on-call responsibilities.
Leave:  Paid time off is provided.  The resident is given 5 days of conference leave.
Professional Liability:  Professional liability insurance is provided by the Phoenix Children's Hospital for all PCH clinics.

Program Goals

  1. Expand the resident's knowledge in the diagnosis and management of refractive disorders in infants and toddlers.
  2. Enhance the resident's basic examination skills in pediatric patients.
  3. Develop the resident's knowledge in the diagnosis and management of accommodative and binocular vision disorders.
  4. Increase the resident's understanding of ocular motility disorders.
  5. Expand the resident's knowledge of amblyopia, to include detection and management, and develop advanced competency in the treatment of amblyopia.
  6. Provide the resident with didactic learning opportunities.
  7. Instill in the resident an appreciation of the importance of scholarly activity.

Eligibility Requirements

  1. Applicants must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency program. 
  2. Applicants must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline.  The selected candidate must have passed Part II and be scheduled to sit for Part III.
  3. Applicants must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Arizona.

Application Requirements

  • Applicants must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at
  • Applicants must submit a letter of intent describing the applicant's reasons for pursuing a residency at PCH, as well as their goals and expectations for the year.
  • Three letters of recommendation from faculty or practicing optometrists familiar with the applicant's clinical and/or didactic abilities are required; at least one letter must be from a faculty member.  Letters should be submitted directly by the author through ORMatch.
  • Applicants must include a current curriculum vitae, NBEO board scores, and an unofficial optometry school transcript through ORMatch.

Selection Procedure

  • Qualified applicants will be invited for an interview.
  • Applicant rankings will be determined by Residency Coordinator and submitted to ORMatch.

Completion Requirements

  • The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level that is satisfactory to the Program Coordinator of the Pediatric Optometry Residency at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
  • The resident must keep a logs of all patient evaluations.
  • The resident must write a paper based on original research, literature review or a clinical case, or poster for publication in an acceptable professional journal, or national optometric meeting.
  • The resident must perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing Phoenix Children's Hospital.
  • The resident will be expected to assist in the continuing education programs provided at the Department of Ophthalmology, Phoenix Children's Hospital.
  • The resident must participate in and complete the requirements set forth in the curriculum.

Accreditation Status

  • The program completed the initial accreditation site visit in 2023 and is awaiting decision from the ACOE.  The Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) is the accrediting body.  Contact the ACOE at 


For additional information about this residency program, please contact:

Timothy Hug, O.D., FAAO
Optometry Residency Coordinator
Phoenix Children's Hospital
1919 E. Thomas Road
Phoenix, AZ 85016 


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