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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Cleveland VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Optometry Section, Cleveland VAMC
10701 East Boulevard
Cleveland, Ohio 44106
Phone Number: 216-791-3800 ext 66087
Fax Number:
Affiliation: The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Dawn J. Goedde, O.D., F.A.A.O

Program Application Deadline: January 14, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1982
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:


To develop residents with advanced clinical skills and competency within an integrated health care system, as well as fostering lifelong learning and achievement in the profession for the betterment of patient care.


To develop advanced clinical skills and competence in the delivery of eye care, specifically the treatment and management of ocular disease.

2. To increase the residents ophthalmic knowledge base, and to enhance their ability to apply this clinically.

3. To develop the resident’s ability for making academic contributions in the eye care community by providing opportunities for lecturing, clinical teaching, and publishing, among other outlets.

To effectively integrate the resident’s delivery of ophthalmic care into a multidisciplinary health care system.

Program Description:

This residency is designed to foster the skills of optometrists to enable them to manage patients with a high incidence of eye and systemic disease. Residents provide patient care with graduated supervision in the setting of a major, academically affiliated medical center, with rotations to the adjacent Blind Rehabilitation Center and one freestanding outpatient clinic. Clinical care delivered cooperatively with other health professions within the framework of a comprehensive health care facility is the primary focus of this residency and is amply supplemented by rounds, journal club, case conferences, lectures, and rotations.  Key features of the residency are multiple residents, major educational- and research-oriented facility, close cooperation with an academic ophthalmology program, optometry retina clinics, unique Optometry Conference activities, medical contact lens and low vision experience, multiple clinical settings and opportunity to manage challenging in-patients and out-patients with increasing independence.

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

Clinical administrative hours are 0800-1630, although patient care may require later attendance.

For one quarter of the year, each resident will take turns carrying a pager and triage emergency calls from the ED. After hours emergencies are covered by Ophthalmology. 

Requirements for Completion:

To successfully complete the residency and receive a residency certificate, the resident will:

1. Attend and complete all clinical assignments, conducting yourself in a professional manner, arriving to work on time, and remaiing in clinic until all patients received care and all exam notes are completed, on a daily basis.

2. Attend, document, and complete all scholarly and didactic activities, including poster presentations, papers, and recruitment lectures, in accordance with the Mentor Guidelines.

3. Complete the residency paper, meeting all interim deadlines.

4. Complete all assigned evaluations by the program and faculty and any remediation plan if deficiencies are noted.

5. Pass Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examinations, before the first day of residency in July. Failure to pass all the above stated Parts by your first day, resutls in rescinding the ORMatch match results, and your immediate exclusion from the program.

6. Obtain licensure in the State of Ohio, within the first six months of your residency (on or before December 31st), to allow for full participation in all levels of Supervision and Optometry student precepting. Maintaining Ohio licensure through the final day of your residency is required.  Immediate dismissal from the program occurs for those who do not meet or abide by this requirement.     

7. Attendance during the final week of the residency program to ensure proper out-processing and clinical coverage. Terminal leave is not permitted.

Program Salary/Stipend: Salary: $36,536. *Established by the VA Headquarters in Washington, D.C. Salary is not contingent upon resident productivity.
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: Rachael Canania, OD, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 216-791-3800 ext 66087
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply online to ORMATCH at on or before January 14th. One letter of recommendation should be from an attending optometrist of a VA Medical Center externship site acquainted with the applicant's clinical proficiency. The applicant's professional photograph should be added to the ORMatch application as Supplemental Material.

Upon receipt of Application materials, program will contact eligible applicants to schedule interview. Interviews required in most cases, with travel costs paid by the applicant.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Rachael Canana, Program Coordinator. The program participates in ORMatch. When application materials are on file with the program coordinator, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. Residents are selected by a faculty committee based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE and must be US citizens. They must also obtain licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the first year of 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: January 14, 2022

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