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Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA New Jersey Health Care Sysytem
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 385 Tremont Avenue
Eye Clinic
East Orange, New Jersey 07018
Phone Number: 973-676-1000 ext. 203917
Fax Number: 973-395-7188
Affiliation: State University of New York, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Diane Adamczyk, OD

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1985
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometric Residency program at the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System is committed to expanding the knowledge of its residents in the delivery of primary optometric patient care, particularly as it pertains to ocular disease, in addition to providing exposure to low vision. The optometry resident is provided the opportunity to participate in the delivery of health care in a multidisciplinary hospital-based setting, with both a large outpatient and inpatient population. Our program strives to provide the resident with an environment that enhances clinical skills while also fostering the pursuit of scholarly activities.

Program Description:

This is a full-scope optometric program in a multidisciplinary hospital setting with emphasis on assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease and exposure to low vision. VANJ is located less than one hour from New York City and is comprised of two main campuses, East Orange and Lyons. The East Orange campus is located on 34 acres in the northeast section of the state, adjacent to the City of Newark. The Lyons campus is located on 365 acres, 22 miles west of the East Orange campus. Each resident rotates between both campuses, allowing for exposure to varied clinical settings. Training is accomplished through direct patient care, grand rounds and independent study. Taking full advantage of the multidisciplinary setting, the resident’s clinical experience will be enhanced by exposures to medical subspecialties in addition to ophthalmic sub-specialties. Individuals who complete the program are expected to attain a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and ocular-systemic disease as well as practical applications of low vision.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 hours

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Completion of Program: * Fulfillment of the academic obligation, which includes attendance to: Minor & Major Presentations, Didactic Program/Grand Rounds ("Friday Programs"), Core Didactic Curriculum * Present a minor (20 minute) and a major (50 minute) presentation * Publishable quality paper * Maintenance and completion of supervisor evaluation, patient logs, etc. * Meeting professional and clinical responsibilities * Fulfillment of terms of employment * Any program specific requirements, attendance, and satisfactory clinical and professional achievements

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,516.00
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: Malinda Cafiero, Supervisor
Telephone: 973-676-1000 ext. 203917
Fax: 973-395-7188
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Malinda Cafiero, OD

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*United States Citizen *OD degree from an accredited school of optometry *Successful completion of all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is preferred prior to the application deadline. *Licensure before completion of the first year of the VA residency

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: ORMatch Deadline

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