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Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home
16111 Plummer St.
Sepulveda, California 91343
Phone Number: 818.891.7711 x 7744
Fax Number: 818.895.9535
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: 07/1992
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this program is to train the resident in primary eye care at an advanced clinical level through participating in direct patient care to a predominantly geriatric population. While working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the resident will enhance his experience in diagnosing and managing ocular disease and the ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease. Additionally, the resident will further his optometric knowledge by engaging in didactic and scholarly activities

Program Description:

1. Strengthen the resident's optometric skills in advanced competencies in primary and secondary eye care. 2. Expand the resident's knowledge base in diagnosis and management skills in ocular disease, ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease, and ophthalmic side effects of systemic medications. 3. Integrate the resident as a member of the interdisciplinary health care team in a hospital-based environment in the management of patients with complex systemic disease and inter-related ophthalmic and systemic conditions 4. Develop the resident's contribution to optometric education and research through didactic and scholarly activities. 5. Develop the residents knowledge in the eye care of a geriatric population

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The residency will be one calendar year in length, beginning on (or about) July 1 continuous for 365 days and ending on (or about) June 30. * Normal duty hours are 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday (40 hours of assigned duties per week), although clinical patient care activities may conclude after 4 p.m. on some days. Optometric Grand Rounds on Wednesday afternoons may extend to 5 p.m. There are no on-call, evening, or weekend assignments.

Requirements for Completion:

* Be present for complete academic year from July 1 through June 30 for the entire tour of duty exception on approved vacation, sick or authorized absence days * 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 minimum of 1200 patient encounters 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 residents are required to Attend the Greater Los Angeles VA Optometric Clinical Seminars Program, except on approved sick, vacation, or authorized absense days. * The residents are required to prepare and present a lecture for SCCO at MBKU at the annual Residency Forum. * The residents are highly encouraged to attend the American Academy of Optometry Meeting or another pre-approved meeting. * 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. * 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: $39,484.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Steven Ferrucci, Chief of Optometry - Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 818.891.7711 x 7744
Fax: 818.895.9535
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Steven Ferrucci, O.D., F.A.A.O. Sepulveda Ambulatory Care Center and Nursing Home 16111 Plummer St. Sepulveda, CA 91343 T: 818.891.7711 x7744 F: 818.895.9535 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Requirements 1. Applicant must apply through the OR Match and follow the application guidelines. The deadline for application submission is January 31. 2. Applicant must have earned an O.D. degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of graduation, from an school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation  Council on Optometric  Education. 3. Applicant must have taken and passed Parts I and II of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination. 4. Except under extenuating circumstances, only candidates with a cumulative grade point average of 2.50 or higher on a 4.00 scale for their optometric education will be eligible for consideration. 5. Three letters of reference are required from full-time faculty members or Attendings who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant. 6. Applicant must provide CV, letter of intent, official NBEO scores and official optometric transcripts. 7. Applications will be evaluated by the Residency Coordinator. a. Interviews are recommended but not required. b. Interviews may not be offered if the applicant does not meet the application requirements. c. Interviews may not be offered if the request to schedule is after the application deadline. 8. Applicant must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia and attain broad-scope licensure, including full therapeutic privileges, prior to the residency start date of July 1. 9. By congressional law, candidates must be citizens of the United States. Upon receipt of the ORMatch application, The Residency Cooordinator will then assemble the application materials and create a file for each applicant. Although not a prerequisite for selection, interviews, typically in person but occasionally via phone contact, are requested of specific candidates based upon the quality of their credentials, their supporting documents, and the quantity and quality of competing candidates. Viable candidates are directly informed that, if selected, documents in support of their credentials must be submitted for verification as required by facility policy. Candidates are advised that they must obtain State licensure that includes therapeutic licensure; however, a California license is not required. Selection Procedure No candidate will be discriminated against based upon race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age, or non-disqualifying physical impairment. The ranking process is initiated when the Residency Coordinator receives notification from ORMatch of a resident candidate's application to the program. The Residency Coordinator must receive the following documentation for a candidate to be considered for a residency position: 1. ORMatch application 2. Curriculum Vitae 3. Transcripts of NBEO scores 4. Transcripts of optometric education 5. Three (3) letters of recommendation 6. A brief statement regarding desire to complete this residency program (letter of intent) An interview will be granted based upon the quality of the credentials, supporting documents, and the quantity and quality of completing candidates. Following interviews and just prior to the deadline date for submission of a ranking list to ORMatch, the Residency Coordinator ranks candidates in consideration of the combined relative quality of each applicant's credentials, interview, and other intangible factors such as their professional characteristics. Each candidate will be ranked based upon the following criteria, with the weighting sytem as below (approximate) : Interview 50% GPA 10% NBEO scores 10% Letter of Intent 10% Letters of Recommendation 10% Special qualities/characteristic (intangibles) 10% Maturity Professionalism Communication skills Attitude Ability to get along with others The Residency Coordinator submits a ranking list of preferred candidates to ORMatch. Simultaneously, candidates independently submit a ranking list of preferred programs to ORMatch. Utilizing these ranking lists, ORMatch algorithmically matches residents to programs. ORMatch subsequently informs the program and the candidates of the outcome. In the event of not being matched, the Residency Coordinator can pursue interested candidates from the remaining unmatched pool or may consider any other qualified individual. The SCCO at MBKU Assistant Dean of Residencies is informed by the Residency Coordinators of the name of the matched candidates. The Assistant Dean of Residencies then simultaneously submits the name of the matched candidates to the Associate Dean of Clinical Education and Dean of SCCO at MBKU. The matched candidates' names are then recommended to the President at MBKU, and the candidate is appointed as a resident affiliated with SCCO at MBKU

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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