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Program Title: Residency Coordintor
Program Type: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Lexington VA
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Lexington VA Medical Center
2250 Leestown Rd
Lexington, Kentucky 40511
Phone Number: 859-233-4511 ext. 3635
Fax Number: 859-281-3934
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

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

The optometry residency at the Lexington VA Medical Center focuses on advanced competency in the clinical skills and scholarly development of the resident by exposing the resident to direct patient care enhanced by lectures, conferences, presentations, and consultation with other medical services. The resident will become proficient in ocular disease diagnosis and management, in addition to comanaging systemic conditions that have ocular manifestations. The resident will also attend weekly Grand Rounds and Fluorescein conference with the University of Kentucky's Department of Ophthalmology during the academic year, which includes opportunities to participate in the department's sub-specialty clinics as well. The resident will participate in daily morning education with the optometry staff and students.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:
Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to present at least four (4) formal case presentations and to write a paper of publishable quality. The resident is expected to work 40 hours per week. The resident will attend weekly Grand Rounds and Fluorescien conference with the University of KY's Department of Ophthalmology during the academic year, which includes opportunities to participate in the department's sub-specialty clinics as well. The resident will partcipate in daily morning education with the Optometry staff and students.

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888.00
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: Ashley Rone, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 859-233-4511 ext. 3635
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Eligibility Indiana University School of Optometry residencies are available to graduates of accredited schools and colleges of optometry. Applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree by June 1 of the residency year. Grade point average (GPA) and NBEO examination scores are considered during the application process. Indiana University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Process Please apply through the ORMATCH follow its application guidelines. We ask each candidate for a residency position to submit a cover letter, a copy of NBEO scores, college transcripts (a copy of the official transcript is fine) and have 3 letters of recommendation sent to: Ashley Rone, O.D., FAAO Optometry Residency Coordinator Lexington VA Medical Center Lexington, KY (859)233-4511 ext 3635

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

ORMATCH OD degree from an accredited school or college of optometry

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 1

Additional Comments

The Lexington VA Medical Center is a dual-division medical center. The Leestown Road campus, which was established in 1931, accommodates the Optometry Clinic and is on the west side of Lexington. The Optometry Clinic occupies almost 5,000 square feet in newly renovated space, which includes nine examination lanes, a clinic conference area, and four specialty testing rooms for equipment such as a retinal camera, OCT, two Humphrey visual field analyzers, and a modest variety of contact lens and low vision fitting equipment. In addition to primary care examinations, the Optometry Clinic also provides low vision outpatient blind rehabilitation services to visually impaired veterans and vision therapy services to combat veterans with a history of polytrauma or traumatic brain injury.