Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Eye Institute

Pediatric Optometry Residency Training Program

The pediatric optometry residency training program at Children’s Wisconsin provides advanced clinical education in various pediatric ocular and vision problems, focusing on patient management and treatment. The residency program provides a comprehensive experience in a collaborative optometry/ophthalmology academic health center setting.

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Pediatric Optometry Residency Training Program Information

This residency emphasizes pediatric primary eye care in a collaborative ophthalmology/optometry hospital-based practice.

Residents will gain advanced competence in the following areas:

  • Strabismus
  • Amblyopia
  • Refractive error
  • Common anterior and posterior segment diseases

Program dates:

July 1 through June 30. The expected hours are Monday-Friday 7 a.m.-5 p.m., with one half day per week of administrative/scholarly time. The administrative day, may also be scheduled as one full day every other week. The resident will not be required to participate in any on-call activities.

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Criteria for Completion of Residency
  1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which is satisfactory to the program supervisor.
  2. The resident is required to maintain a patient log, including information about patient age, diagnoses, and treatment plan.
  3. The resident is required to maintain a log of their academic and scholarly activities.
  4. The resident is required to create three scholarly works, which may include a combination of poster(s) (presented at approved meeting that meets requirements for AAO Fellowship) and case report(s) (at least 1 case report required). Examples of acceptable scholarly work completion: 1 case report and 2 posters; 2 case reports and 1 poster; or 3 case reports.
  5. The resident is required to present at the annual Residency Day event at the University of Missouri – St. Louis College of Optometry.
  6. The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services.
  7. The resident is expected to attend academic lectures and case conferences as directed by the program supervisor.
  8. Any resident accepted for training can be dismissed, without receiving a certificate of completion, for infractions of the rules and regulations of Children’s Wisconsin or Medical College of Wisconsin, or for any action that jeopardizes the safety of patients, personnel, or physical facilities.
  9. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance in meeting all requirements of the program, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage

Health benefits, vacation, and educational stipend is offered through Medical College of Wisconsin. Professional Liability Insurance is also provided for the resident.

Compensation: $45,000 annual stipend

Statement of Goals


  • Strengthen the resident’s expertise in management of pediatric vision problems and common ocular disease.
  • Enhance the resident’s examination skills in pediatric patients.
  • Develop the resident’s appreciation for scholarly activity.


  • Exposure to wide variety of cases, including high complexity
  • Opportunity to co-manage with various specialists

Academic and Didactic:

  • Attend pediatric and other topical lectures
  • Attend weekly case conference
  • Weekly article/journal discussion with faculty


  • Expected to complete 3 scholarly works
    • Combination of poster(s) (presented at approved meeting that meets requirements for AAO Fellowship)and case report(s) (at least 1 case report required)
    • Examples of acceptable scholarly work completion: 1 case report and 2 posters; 2 case reports and 1 poster; or 3 case reports
  • Expected to present at Residency Day at UMSL College of Optometry
Eligibility Criteria
  • 3.0 GPA or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Graduated from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry
  • Passed all parts of NBEO, including TMOD
  • Wisconsin optometry license upon matriculation
Resident Application Procedures

Please submit application materials through OR Match. For any questions, please e-mail Program Supervisor Jamie Weiser, OD at jweiser@mcw.edu.

Selection Procedure

  • Participation in the OR Match
  • Must submit letter of interest, Curriculum Vitae, 3 letters of recommendation, and official optometry school transcripts. Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to OR Match which determines the final selection.

Non-discrimination policy

All residency candidates will be evaluated without regard to race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status.

OR Match Website

Meet our Current Pediatric Optometry Resident

Current Resident:

Rachel Bruinsma, OD
Michigan College of Optometry, 2021

Rachel Bruinsma, OD

Pediatric Optometry Residency Training Facilities

Pediatric optometry residents will rotate through these three eye clinic locations.


Children's Wisconsin Clinics

8920 W. Connell Ct.
Milwaukee, WI 53226
Located next door to Children's Wisconsin on the Milwaukee Regional Medical Center campus.


Children's Wisconsin New Berlin Clinic

4855 S Moorland Rd.
New Berlin, WI 53151
Located off I-43 and Moorland Rd. in New Berlin.


Children's Wisconsin Mequon Clinic

1655 W Mequon Rd.
Mequon, WI 53092
Located just west of I-43 at the intersection of Mequon Rd. and Market St. in Mequon.

Contact for Residency Programs

Ophthalmology Residency

Contact information for the ophthalmology residency program at MCW

SF Match Program Office - (415) 561-8535


MCW Ophthalmology Residency Program Director

Andrea L. Stahulak, MD


Medical Education Coordinator

Amanda Tan



Residency Program Inbox



SF Match Website

Pediatric Optometry Residency

Contact information for the pediatric optometry residency program with MCW and Children's Wisconsin

OR Match Program Office (800)-461-6322


MCW and Children's Wisconsin Pediatric Optometry Residency Program Director

Jamie Weiser, OD

OR Match Website