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Program Title: Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA Long Beach Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center / Maj. Charles Robert Soltes, Jr. Blind Rehabilitation Center
5901 East 7th Street
Long Beach, California 90822
Phone Number: 844-808-2020
Fax Number: 562-826-5063
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: January 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2012
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometry Program at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System is a Primary Care/Low Vision residency dedicated to educating the residents through serving the veterans. The residents will be provided a unique and extensive educational experience that will encompass comprehensive primary eye care as well as specialty eye care to include advanced low vision/blind rehabilitation and traumatic/acquired brain injury. The resident will be engaged in a collaborative and integrated approach in the delivery of eye, vision and healthcare while maintaining the standards of integrity, commitment, advocacy, respect and excellence.

Program Description:

Program Goals

1. To train the residents' skills in advanced competencies in primary eye care, low vision eye examination, traumatic brain injury cases.. Approximately 70% of the residency will be compromised of primary care exams, with 30% dedicated to Low Vision and TBI.

2. To engage the residents in didactic and scholarly activities to augment their clinical experience and expand their knowledge base.

3. To provide the resident the opportunity to teach through lecturing to optometry students and co-residents each month as well as Blind Rehabilitation Center (BRC) staff. Staffing/precepting opportunities will also be available to certain residents near the end of the residency year

4. To provide the resident the opportunity to participate and integrate as a team member in a multidisciplinary healthcare setting.

Program Objectives

Objective 1.1: To maintain and strengthen the resident‘s optometric skills and advanced competencies in performing comprehensive primary eye care examinations.

Objective 1.2: To provide the resident with extensive clinical experience in conducting comprehensive low vision eye examinations in an inpatient and outpatient VA setting.

Objective 1.3: To provide the resident the opportunity to evaluate and manage traumatic and/or acquired brain injury cases, utilizing advanced competency optometric skills.

Objective 2.1: To afford the residents numerous opportunities to attend didactic lectures at the VALBHS, locally, and nationally

Objective 2.2: The residents will be mentored in the preparation of paper, poster, and lecture presentations for the VALBHS, local, and national audience.

Objective 2.3: The residents will develop an understanding of keeping current with the latest evidence based publications and the application of the learned material to patient care and writing of the manuscript.

Objective 3.1: If resident achieves certain level of proficiency during year, resident will be given opportunity to precept 4th year optometry students.

Objective 3.2: Residents will present lectures to co-residents, staff, and externs regularly throughout the year during Wednesday educations.

Objective 4.1: The residents will play an integral part of the multidisciplinary team at the VALBHS.

Objective 4.2: The residents will develop an understanding of, and learn to utilize the support services that are available to them at the VALBHS.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

  • Clinic hours Monday through Friday 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM.

  • Clinical care will take place at the Long Beach VA and Santa Ana Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

  • Clinic schedules are:

    • Outpatient Low Vision: Monday, Thursday, Friday (Santa Ana every other week)

    • Outpatient Traumatic Brain Injury: Monday, Tuesday, Friday (LB every week, SA every other week)

    • Inpatient Low Vision: Monday through Friday (depending on admissions)

    • Inpatient Primary Care Monday through Thursday

    • Education (Journal Club, Grand Rounds): Wednesday PM

Requirements for Completion:

  • The resident is required to keep a detailed log and report the following: Patient Encounter and Diagnosis Log, Faculty Evaluation, Referral Log, Activity Log, Reading Log, and Final Evaluation of Residency Program. All of the submissions will be reviewed by the Asst. Dean of Residencies and the Residency Coordinator.

  • The resident is required to provide patient care services at a level deemed satisfactory to the Chief of Optometry / Residency Coordinator in line with the highest levels of current optometric standards of practice.

  • The resident is required to submit a paper based upon original research, literature review, and/or clinical case or cases suitable for publication in a peer reviewed optometric journal. Topic for the case report or research project is made by September 1st; the abstract of the case report or research project is due on November 1st; the 1st and 2nd draft of the paper is submitted by February 1st and April 1st respectively; and the final paper is due on June 1st.

  • The resident is expected to deliver patient care services in a professional manner and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesy that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing SCCO and the VALBHS.

  • At the conclusion of the residency program, the resident must go through an “out process” which includes turning in his or her VA badge, keys to the facility, clinic coats, and de-activated in the computer system.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,605.00
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: EDWARD CHU, Residency Coordinator
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: SALLY DANG, Chief of Optometry
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Edward Chu, OD, FAAO

Staff Optometrist/ Residency Coordinator

Tibor Rubin VA Medical Center

5901 East 7th Street

Long Beach, CA 90822


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Requirements

Note that all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

  • Applicant must have earned an OD 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 will not be eligible for residency consideration.

  • Applicant must have taken and passed the TMOD and Basic and Clinical Sciences portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry, and furnish official copies of the results of this examination.

  • Applicant must apply through the Optometry Resident Match (ORMatch) and follow the application guidelines. The application deadline is January 15.

  • A personal interview is required (in-person preferred)

  • Applicants should send application matching materials to Optometry Resident Match (ORMatch)

  • Applications will be evaluated by the Long Beach VA Residency Admissions Committee who will rank candidates accordingly.

  • If accepted, the applicant must provide official NBEO and official transcripts of their optometric education and submit them to the Ass. Dean of Residencies at SCCO.

Required paperwork for residency applicants to be sent to the Residency Coordinator at the VA Long Beach Healthcare System:

  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)

  • Letter of intent

  • Three (3) letters of recommendation preferably from instructors who are familiar with your clinical work.

  • Official optometry school transcripts up to the time of your application

  • Official NBEO transcripts

Selection Procedure

Potential applicants are required to submit their applications to the residency program via the ORMatch and should contact the Residency Coordinator, Dr. Edward Chu, via email expressing interest in the program and intent to apply. Candidates are recommended to submit application material via email whenever possible to Dr. Edward Chu at Candidates who qualify will be invited for an in-person interview at Long Beach VA where they will be given a tour of the clinic/hospital, meet the current residents, and speak with interview committee. 

In the individual interview, candidates will be asked questions that include, but are not limited to, what motivates them to pursue residency training, why they are interested in our specific program, what their career aspirations are, and how they will enhance our program. The candidate will also be asked their thoughts regarding the management of various primary care cases. Following the interview, the interview committee tabulates an overall score based on:

Interview: 20%

GPA: 20%

NBEO Scores: 10%

Letter of Intent: 10%

Letters of Recommendation: 20%

Special Qualities/Characteristics: 20%

-Maturity, Professionalism, Communication skills, Attitude

**The candidate will be ranked based on the above merits; however, approximate weights are placed on each by the Residency Coordinator and interview committee. The ranking of all candidates is submitted to ORMatch for matching.


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 15th

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