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Hershel “Woody” Williams VAMC Optometry Residency Program

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma, Retina
Program Site: Hershel “Woody” Williams VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Hershel “Woody” Williams VAMC Optometry Residency Program c/o Dr. Jacqueline Hallauer
1540 Spring Valley Dr
Huntington, West Virginia 25704
Phone Number: 304-429-6755 ext 3697
Fax Number: 304-429-7592
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Anna K. Bedwell, OD and Don W. Lyon OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established:
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The optometric residency program in ocular disease at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center, in cooperation with the Indiana University School of Optometry, seeks to provide entry-level optometric graduates with advanced didactic knowledge and intense clinical training in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular disease and the ocular manifestations of systemic disease


Program Description:

The optometric residency program at the Hershel “Woody” Williams VA Medical Center offers an intense program focused on the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and systemically-related ocular disease. Residents provide direct care to patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis as well as on consultative service within the Medical Center. In addition to clinical training, the residents participate in educational conferences including fluorescein and OCT conference, disease conference and weekly lectures. Residents also gain valuable medical experience by rotation through hospital specialty services--including internal medicine, surgery, neurology, emergency services, cardiology, and radiology. Each resident will also spend time rotating through the Low Vision and Medically Necessary Contact Lens Clinics.

The Optometry Service is comprised of twelve fully equipped examination lanes with new lighted phoropters, new Haag-Streit BQ900 slit lamps with teaching tubes, digital acuity charts and auto-refractors. Ancillary equipment includes slit lamp camera, Cirrus 5000 optical coherence tomography with angiography and anterior segment capabilities, humphrey visual field analyzers with a liquid lens, A- and B-scan ultrasonographer, Pentacam with IOL calculations, fundus cameras with autofluorescence as well as therapeutic lasers. Zeiss Forum software is utilized for OCT, HVF, and photo review on computers within the clinic. Each resident will have their own examination lane and will share a resident office with their own individual workstation.



Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The official tour of duty for optometry residents is 8:00 am to 4:30 pm, Monday through Friday. When assigned to the Eye Clinic, residents are always expected to be on the premises during their tour. When on external rotations, the tour of duty may change to reflect the hours and schedules of the respective service through which you are rotating. In addition to the assigned tour of duty, residents are required to take call and be available to examine patients on an emergency basis outside of normal business hours. The on-call resident is also required to be present for one to two hours on Saturday to perform one-day cataract post-operative exams with the cataract surgeon.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Satisfactory evaluation of performance from clinical preceptors.

  • Participation in weekly didactic activities (case reports, journal review, clinical workshops, etc.).

  • Provide and document direct patient care to an adequate number of patients commensurate with program goals and in accordance with clinic protocols.

  • Present at least four lectures during the residency year. Attendees of these lectures could include clinical staff, student trainees, and students at Indiana University School of Optometry in Bloomington, IN. 

  • Completion of one paper of publishable quality.

  • Completion of five or more interdisciplinary clinical rotations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,979
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: Jacqueline Hallauer, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 304-429-6755 ext. 3697
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All required application materials will be submitted via the National Matching Services Inc (ORMatch – The following documents must be submitted in a PDF format –

1) Letter of Intent

2) CV

3) Optometry School Transcript

4) Minimum of three (3) letter of recommendation (Note – each letter of recommendation will be uploaded to ORMatch directly by your reference)

5) Official NBEO Scores


Please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Hallauer directly with any questions or concerns.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

OD degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry within the United States. Providing all of the required application materials.

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

Huntington is located in western West Virginia. It is both a vibrant, energetic city and a place where culture comes alive. Sitting on the Ohio River at the point where West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky meet, Huntington is part of the largest inland port in the United States.  In its early days, the city was a thriving port with steam river boats churning by daily. Steam boats shipped lumber and coal to fuel the growth of the railroad extension to the west. This growth was made possible by the city's namesake and founder, Collis P. Huntington, an infamous railroad magnate.

The city is home to Marshall University, one of the largest employers in town and a major contributor to the heart and soul of the community. On Nov. 14, 1970, a chartered jet carrying 75 Marshall football players, coaches, staff and supporters crashed just short of Tri-State Airport as it returned home from a game in North Carolina. Everyone on board was killed. A movie titled “We Are Marshall,” starring Matthew McConaughey and Matthew Fox, was released nationally in 2006 and depicts the aftermath of the tragedy for the university and community.

The downtown area is a draw for shopping, dining and entertainment, including Pullman Square, a modern town square. The streets are alive with people walking from venue to venue or taking advantage of a newly-created bike path. Year-round, a variety of festivals and special events draw crowds to Pullman Square, the Big Sandy Superstore Arena and the historic Keith-Albee Performing Arts Center.

Huntington also is known for its expansive park system, the gem of which is Ritter Park. The park, which features a walking path, award-winning playground, tennis courts, amphitheater and PetSafe Dog Park, was recognized by the American Planning Association in 2012 as one America’s 10 Great Public Spaces. Since 1934, the park’s Rose Garden has been West Virginia's nationally-recognized municipal rose garden, containing 1,000 plants and noted for its All-American Rose Selections. West Virginia is known for its beautiful outdoors, its just a short drive to be able to whitewater raft some of worlds top ranking rapids, rock climb or hike the New River or Red River Gorge and ski/snowboard at Snowshoe Mountain.