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Ocular Disease/Refractive Surgery Residency Program

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery
Program Site: Virginia Eye Consultants
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 241 Corporate Blvd

Norfolk, Virginia 23502
Phone Number: (757)622-2200
Fax Number: 757-622-4866
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD, FAAO

PCO/Salus University

Program Application Deadline: Feb 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/01/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency Program in Ocular Disease / Refractive and Ocular Surgery at Virginia Eye Consultants is provide optometric residents an opportunity to become a "leader in World Class Specialty Eyecare". Residents will obtain advanced competencies in the areas of optometric comanagement of ocular surgery while mastering skills necessary to assess and be competent in treating ocular disease through education and patient care.

Program Description:

Virginia Eye Consultants (VEC) and the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University (PCO) have jointly developed a one year residency program to assist in the advancement of clinical optometric education. VEC is a tertiary, referral eyecare practice whose mission is provide "World Class Specialty Eyecare". VEC's main office location is located in the Norfolk with 4 satellite clinics in the surrounding area (Hampton, Smithfield, Suffolk and Virginia Beach). The resident will spend the majority of their time at our main clinic working under the guidance of Walter O. Whitley, OD, MBA, FAAO, Residency Director, and our ophthalmology subspecialists in cornea, uveitis, oculoplastics, retina and glaucoma. The program is designed to enhance the clinical skills necessary to diagnose and manage a wide variety of ocular disease. The residency program will provide vast experience in medical and surgcial management of ocular disease with an emphasis on the comanagement of ocular and refractive surgery. In addition to the advance clinical experience, the program will provide numerous opportunitites for teaching optometric externs and the optometric community, scholary activity including lecturing, writing, and clinical research, and service to both the profession and the community.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: 07/01/2015
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
Requirements for Completion:

1 Publishable Paper to be completed by end of the Residency 1 Grand Rounds presentation at Salus University Must submit all resident paperwork (patient logs/evaluations) in a timely manner all 3 quarters

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Runyon Brandon, Director of Optometric Services
Telephone: (757)622-2200
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

For further information: Please contact Brandon Runyon, OD, Residency Supervisor (

Virginia Eye Consultants

241 Corporate Blvd. Norfolk, VA 23502

P(757)961-2944 F(757)622-4866 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Prior to matriculation, the applicant must have received O.D. Degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE

Passing of NBEO Parts I, II, III, TMOD -  **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. Walt Whitley) to determine application criteria/interview process**

3 Letters of Recommendations;

Letter of Intent;

Copy of official transcript;


Program Application Deadline: Feb 1

Additional Comments

The resident receives a certificate of completion at the end of the residency year.