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Basic Information

Program Title: Primary Care Residency
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Danville VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Illiana Health Care System
Optometry Clinic, 112 1900 E Main St
Danville, Illinois 61832
Phone Number: 217-554-5321
Fax Number: 217-554-4861
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education: Don W. Lyon, OD, MS
Program Application Deadline: January 27
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/1986
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:
Program Description:
The optometry resident has been an integral part of the Danville VAMC multidisciplinary health care team since its inception in 1986. The resident is expected to manage his/her own patients, supervise optometry externs, participate in continuing education programs, and will complete interdisciplinary rotations in internal medicine, pharmacy, radiology, urgent care, and podiatry. The resident also sees patients in low vision and specialty contact lens clinics.
The VA Illiana Optometry Clinic, located in Danville, Illinois. Danville is close to Champaign-Urbana and the University of Illinois, plus just over one hour west of Indianapolis, two hours south of Chicago, and three hours east of St. Louis. The Optometry service consists of three full time optometrists, two optometry externs, and three full-time technicians. Most of the patients have ocular manifestations of systemic disease. The optometry clinic currently has seven complete lanes and state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment including digital anterior and posterior segment photography, Humphrey visual field, A and B-scan ultrasound equipment, Heidelberg Spectralis HRA+ OCT, as well as in-house lab, CT, MRI, and surgical/medical support staff. VA Illiana residents also work closely with the ophthalmology service for surgical observations and post-operative co-management of patients.
Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
45 hours/week
Requirements for Completion:
Program Salary/Stipend: $32,018
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: Guadalupe Mejia, Primary Care Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 217-554-4587
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures: Email:
Phone: 217-554-5321
Fax: 217-554-4861
Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria: Material sent to OR Matching Service
U.S. citizenship required
Interview with Program Coordinator
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 27

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