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Hospital-Based Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma, Retina
Program Site: Wilmington VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VAMC - Optometry
1601 Kirkwood Highway
Wilmington, Delaware 19805
Phone Number: 302-994-2511 ext 4622
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, O.D., F.A.A.O.

PCO/Salus University

Program Application Deadline: January 24
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 06/1991
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Ocular Disease Residency Program at the VAMC Wilmington, Delaware, is to provide continued post doctoral training for optometric practitioners desiring to advance their clinical training beyond that of entry level optometric practrice. The program emphasis is on the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease in the veteran population through active participation in the patient's health care team.

Program Description:

The optometric resident receives additional training in the detection and management of ocular disease in a multidisciplinary healthcare system. This is in preparation for a career in a multidisciplinary setting as well as clinical education.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Clinic meets weekdays from 8:00 am. until 5:00 pm. No after hours on-call responsibility

Requirements for Completion:

Successful completion of clinical and didactic assignments in addition to submission of publishable paper.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,115 for 2021-22; TBD for 2022-23
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Rajni Acharya, Staff Optometrist
Telephone: 302-994-2511 x4622
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Rajni Acharya, O.D VAMC - Optometry 1601 Kirkwood Highway Wilmington, DE 19805 302-994-2511 ext 4622 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1) Prior to matriculation, the applicant must have received O.D. Degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE; 2) Letter of intent; 3) Current Curriculum Vitae; 4) Official optometry program transcript; 5) Official NBEO transcript; 6) Three letters of recommendation from members of applicant's clinical faculty.


 **Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Rajni Acharya) to determine application criteria and interview process**

United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: January 24

Additional Comments

Therapeutic privileges commensurate with state licensure; ophthalmology training program affiliate; ophthalmology subspecialty clinic rotation; in-house medical clinic rotation.