History and Purpose

Residency training is becoming an increasingly important aspect of optometric training. A post-OD residency program significantly advances a graduate's preparation as an eye-care provider and provides additional experiences in instruction and scholarship. Many schools and colleges of optometry now require advanced practice residency training as a basic prerequisite for new clinical faculty.

The Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency program, funded by Johnson & Johnson Vision,  is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of Pediatric Optometry by providing incentive and support to sustain talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education in the field of children's vision. A goal of this program is to invest in the evolution of the field of pediatric optometry, particularly but not limited to the application of soft contact lenses for children's vision disorders, by providing opportunities for future practitioners, educators, and researchers.

The recipient will receive $2,000 plus one $750 travel fellowship to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry; where the recipient will spend volunteer time at the AAOF exhibit booth and be recognized at the annual AAOF Celebration Luncheon. 

Eligibility and Application

The submission window opens April 2, 2018 and closes June 1, 2018.

One award will be granted to an optometrist currently serving in a 2017 -18 academic year calendar advanced practice pediatric/vision therapy residency program through a North-American school or college of optometry may apply. Anyone who has yet to begin a residency for the 2017 - 18 academic year calendar is ineligible.

  1. Cover page that lists applicant name, any degrees, facility of residency, accredited optometric institution under which serving residency, current and permanent address information, email and daytime and evening phone contact information.
  2. The applicant’s education, clinical, research, and teaching experience typically in the form of a CV.
  3. A brief description of the residency program and the names and email addresses of the three people you have contacted to submit letters of recommendation.
  4. A one-page statement of career goals and list the date/status of when AAO membership was obtained.
  5. Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on educational qualifications, research abilities, and potential.  One of which must be the Residency Director or Program Coordinator of the Institution. These should be emailed separately by the recommender.
  6. The applicant must be a member of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO); whether as a student, candidate, or Fellow at the time of acceptance of any award.  To learn more, visit the AAO website: Student Membership for student membership information and Candidate for Fellowship for how to become a Fellow. 

Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically (preferably as a PDF file) to Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager at: Jenniferr@aaoptom.org. Please include "Terrance Ingraham Peds Residency" and applicant's last name in the subject line. Ex: TI Peds Residency - T. Smith

Review Procedures

Proposals will be reviewed by a peer review committee established by the American Academy of Optometry Foundation with the assistance of the American Academy of Optometry Binocular Vision, Perception, and Pediatric Optometry Section chairs. The applicants will be evaluated primarily on the basis of their educational background and their ability and potential as teachers, researchers, and practitioners in the field of pediatric optometry. A preference will be given to applicants with an interest in the utilization of soft contact lenses in pediatric populations.

Award Notes

It is the standard policy of the AAOF that an award recipient who receives a travel stipend to attend an event, cannot also receive a second travel stipend from the Foundation or its affiliate, the AAO.

Prior to award submission window opeing, the guidelines for any given award are subject to change by the AAOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AAOF and/or the sponsor of the award to which they applied to publish their  name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These will appear in a variety of  media formats that will announce and promote the award including, but not limited to, the AAOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.

For additional information contact Jennifer Rubin, Foundation Program Manager, at: 321-319-4870 orAAOF@aaoptom.org


2018 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Awardee

Emily Wiecek, OD, PhD
New England College of Optometry

2017 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Awardees

Amanda E. Beaudry, OD, MS
Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University

Kristen L. Kerber, OD, MS
New England College of Optometry

2016 Terrance N. Ingraham Pediatric Optometry Residency Awardees

Ann Morrison, OD, MS
The Ohio State University College of Optometry
Jameel Kanji, OD, MS
New England College of Optometry

Photo Credit: National Eye Institute, National Institutes of Health (NEI/NIH)

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2017 Johnson & Johnson Vision Residency and Student Travel Fellowship recipients with corporate representatives and AAOF President, David Kirschen.