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Program Title: Ocular Disease / Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Type: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Los Angeles
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Los Angles Ambulatory Care Center
Optometry SErvice MDP 112C / 351 E. Temple St
Los Angeles, California
Phone Number: 213.253.2677 x 4624
Fax Number: 213.253.5123
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education: Judy Tong, O.D. F.A.A.O.
Program Application Deadline: February 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1979
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:
The Southern California College of Optometry (SCCO) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Greater Los Angeles Health Care System in their dedication to the advancement of clinical optometric education, have jointly developed a one-year residency program in Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation. The fundamental mission of this training program is to provide qualified post-doctoral optometric practitioners with an outstanding educational and clinical experience in the area of Ocular Disease and Low Vision Rehabilitation while nurturing their development into exceptional, caring optometric clinicians and educators with additional specialized skills.
Program Description:
To train optometrists who wish to specialize in vision rehabilitation of the partially sighted and the care of geriatric population.

To develop the resident's expertise in the diagnostic skills and management of the partially sighted.

To develop the resident's expertise in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease.
Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
Requirements for Completion:
The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities, which will be reviewed by the SCCO VP & Dean of Academic Affairs, the Assistant Dean of Residency Programs, and the Chief of VALAACC Optometry Section.
The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a level satisfactory to those responsible for the supervision of the residency program.
The resident is required to write a paper based upon original research, literature review, or a clinical case suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal.
The resident will be expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the College.
It is strongly recommended that the resident take and pass either the separate examination on Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease offered biannually by the NBEO.
Program Salary/Stipend: $35,605.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Chang Kim, Chief of Optometry - Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 213.253.2677 x 4624
Fax: 213.253.5123
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures: Dr. Chang Kim
Residency Program Coordinator
VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center
Optometry Service MDP 112C
351 E. Temple St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012-3328
213.253.2677 x 4624
Fax: 213.253.5123
Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria: Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an accredited school or college of optometry.
If the applicant is a citizen of a country other than the United States, that applicant may not be eligible for residency accreditation.
Applicant must have taken and passed the Basic and Clinical Science portion of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and furnish official copies of the results of this examination.
Applicant must apply through the ORMatch and follow the application guidelines. The application deadline is February 15.
A personal interview will be required.
Applicants should send application requirement to Optometric Residency Matching Services (ORMS) and indicate the VA Los Angeles Ambulatory Care Center as their first choice.
Three letters of reference are required from full-time faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant.
Applications will be evaluated by the Veterans Affairs Residency Admissions Committee, which then recommends for appointment of the most qualified applicant to the Dean of Academic Affairs, SCCO. The chosen applicant is then offered a written contract from SCCO.
All residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

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: February 15th

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