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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Sierra Vista VA Community-Based Outpatient Clinic
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 101 N. Coronado Dr. Ste A

Sierra Vista, Arizona 85635
Phone Number: 520.459.1529 x3489
Fax Number: 520.459.3654
Affiliation: Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University
Director of Residency Education:

Judy Tong, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2013
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To offer a post-doctoral optometric residency in ocular disease and primary care that enables practitioners to attain the advanced competencies and specialty skills needed to effectively manage the eye, vision and related health care of patients in a Community-Based Outpatient Clinic within the Southern Arizona VA Health Care System.

Program Description:

The residency is a one year post-graduate training program from ~ July 1—June 30. Patient care occurs at a multidisciplinary facility located 70 miles from the affiliated VA medical center and serves the rural population surrounding Sierra Vista and Fort Huachuca. Many of the veterans served by the clinic are either unable or un-willing to travel to the affiliated VA medical center. Therefore, the residents are ex-posed to a large patient base in need of complex care. The Sierra Vista CBOC is a close-knit environment of approximately 40 employees where the residents are part of the multidisciplinary team.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Normal duty hours are 7:30am - 4:00pm Monday through Friday although clinical patient care activities may conclude after 4:00pm on some days. There are no on-call, evening or weekend assignments.

Requirements for Completion:

1. Completion and submission of all SCCO required paperwork to the Residency Coordinator (Dr. McKenzie) and SCCO (Dr. Tong): Quarterly Patient Encounter & Diagnosis Log (generated from VA electronic medical record system), Quarterly Faculty Evaluations, Quarterly Program Evaluations, Quarterly Resident Referral Log, Quarterly Resident Activity Log, Quarterly Resident Reading Log, End of the Year Evaluation of Program, Certification of Completion of Residency Requirements, Resident Contact Address after Completion, 2. Minimum of 1200 patient encounters. 3. Be present for Resident Orientation, which may occur the week prior to July 1 start date 4. Be present for complete academic year from July 1 through June 30 for the entire tour of duty except when on approved vacation, sick or authorized absence days 5. Provide quality, compassionate, ethical care to all veterans 6. Participate in the Optometry Education Meetings on Thursday afternoons 7. Attend Medicine-based Education Lectures 8. Develop a poster/paper outline and abstract to educate the resident on the process for an academic poster submission 9. Prepare a manuscript of publishable quality 10. Prepare and present a continuing education lecture

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,438.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Other: 10 Federal Holidays, Administrative Leave to Attend a National Continuing Education Meeting
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Mark R McKenzie, OD, FAAO, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 520.459.1529 x3489
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants are matched through ORMatch; due date to apply through ORMatch is January 31. All applicants must apply through and participate in the ORMatch matching program. For more information, please contact ORMatch at The ORMatch application should include Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Intent, Unofficial transcripts from optometric education, and Three letters of recommendation.  In addition to the ORMatch application, also submit an unofficial transcript of NBEO scores to the residency coordinator. For more information or to apply to this program, please contact: Mark McKenzie OD, VA Sierra Vista Community Based Outpatient Clinic, 101 N. Coronado Dr. Ste A, Sierra Vista, AZ 85635 T: 520.792.1450 x3489 E:

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Admission Criteria: OD degree from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry prior to matriculation, US citizen. The residency coordinator decides which candidates to rank for the match and determines the sequential ranking of those candidates based upon the application materials, interview, and letters of recommendation. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Chief of Optometry and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator. ORMatch contacts the Residency Coordinator with the results of the match who informs the Residency Director at SCCO/MBKU of the results. Note: all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, age, national origin, disability, or any other applicable legally protected status.

COVID-19 Pandemic: We understand the challenges the current COVID-19 pandemic has posed to the administration of the NBEO Part I, Part II and Part III. Therefore, at this time, we are suspending the admission prerequisite of having passed Part I and Part II of NBEO prior to the ORMatch date. 

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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