Optometry residency | VA Spokane Healthcare


Mission of the residency program

The fundamental mission of this training program is to provide qualified postgraduate practitioners with a structured educational experience that will broaden their development into outstanding optometric clinicians in the areas of primary care, geriatrics, eye disease, specialized contact lenses and co-management. surgical. . Upon completion of the residency, the clinician will emerge with enhanced clinical skills, knowledge and experience that will elevate them beyond entry-level practice, making residents suitable candidates for optometric positions in the field. co-management, multidisciplinary settings and / or graduate studies. optometry training.

Patient care experience

This program offers a diverse patient care experience.

Residents see 13 to 15 patients per day at the VA Eye Clinic. Here, residents receive training in primary eye care, part of an interdisciplinary team working to provide comprehensive, high-quality health care to the veteran. With a predominantly geriatric patient population, eye disease management is an important part of the training experience. Residents provide direct patient care at the eye clinic, under the supervision of attending physicians.

Schedule of the program

Starting July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

Specific advantages of a VA optometry residency:

  • An exceptional 12-month clinical patient care experience (July 1 to June 30) serving a stimulating and rewarding veteran population.
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary environment where the resident learns to coordinate quality primary optometric eye care services with other healthcare providers to maximize patient care outcomes and learning experiences.
  • Research and academic opportunities supervised by experienced clinicians who are among the most published optometrists in the world.
  • Possibility of focusing either on primary eye care or on combined primary eye care / rehabilitation for low vision.
  • Vacations, holidays and sick leave with authorized absence for approved continuing education.
  • Competitive annual salary.
  • Health and life insurance plans available.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have passed the National Board of Optometric Examiners (NBEO) Part I, II, TMOD, and III exams, and have received a Doctorate of Optometry from an accredited school or college of optometry. by ACOE before July 1. of the year of residence. Before the completion of the residency, the applicant is required to obtain a state permit.

Schedule of the program

Starting July 1 and ending June 30 of the following year.

Specific advantages of a VA optometry residency:

  • An exceptional 12-month clinical patient care experience (July 1 to June 30) serving a stimulating and rewarding veteran population.
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary environment where the resident learns to coordinate quality primary optometric eye care services with other healthcare providers to maximize patient care outcomes and learning experiences.
  • Research and academic opportunities supervised by experienced clinicians who are among the most published optometrists in the world.
  • Possibility of focusing either on primary eye care or on combined primary eye care / rehabilitation for low vision.
  • Vacations, holidays and sick leave with authorized absence for approved continuing education.
  • Competitive annual salary.
  • Health and life insurance plans available.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have passed the National Board of Optometric Examiners (NBEO) Part I, II, TMOD, and III exams, and have received a Doctorate of Optometry from an accredited school or college of optometry. by ACOE before July 1. of the year of residence. Before the completion of the residency, the applicant is required to obtain a state permit.

Applications

All requests are processed through the Optometric Residence Matching Service (ORMS). Applicants will also need to send the following documents directly to the Residency Program Director at Mann-Grandstaff VAMC.

  • Curriculum vitae
  • Optometric training transcripts
  • Letter of Intent: a brief statement detailing your desire to complete this residency
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

Site visits and personal interviews can be scheduled by contacting the residency program director.


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