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Chillicothe VA and VA Central Ohio Healthcare System

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Chillicothe VAMC, VA Central Ohio Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 17273 State Route 104 (Chillicothe)
420 N. James Road (Columbus)
Chillicothe and Columbus, Ohio 43219
Phone Number: 614-257-5392
Fax Number: 614-257-5288
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 31, Utilizing ORMatch Application Service
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/1978
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Chillicothe VA Medical Center and the VA Central Ohio Healthcare System Ocular Disease Residency Program Mission is to develop broad-based primary care and therapeutic management skills in optometric practitioners in a multidisciplinary environment.  Academic and clinical experiences will be provided to enable residents to expand their knowledge base, strengthen their patient care skills, and participate in clinical education and research.  Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver full scope Optometric care and serve as optometric educators.

Program Description:

The Ocular Disease and Primary Eye Care residency program is a 12 month program split equally between the Columbus and Chillicothe VA Facilities. Patient care focuses on ocular disease at each site. A five week rotation through a didactic program including Neurology, Endocrinology, Dermatology, Urgent Care, Primary Care, Ophthalmology Subspecialties, and others accents the systemic care of ocular disease patients. Teaching opportunities include laboratory instruction at the OSU College of Optometry and precepting OSU College of Optometry 4th year students at both VA facilities. Residents will present a poster presentation at the East-West Eye Conference in Cleveland, Ohio or equivalent meeting. Residents will also have the opportunity to lecture to local Optometrists for continuing education credit. The resident will be mentored during the development of an Academy quality paper. Low Vision patient care and Vision Rehabilitation experiences complete a comprehensive residency program. The didactic curriculum constitutes 30% of the residency program, and includes journal clubs, case presentations, attendance at ophthalmology grand rounds, and observations through ophthalmology and special clinics, accenting systemic care of ocular disease.

The Chillicothe VA Medical Center is a neuropsychiatric and general medical facility situated on 300 acres of land near Chillicothe, Ohio. As the major psychiatric referral center in the Ohio consortium, this station offers a full complement of services in medical, psychiatric, extended care, and rehabilitative medicine to eligible veterans. Chillicothe's community care outpatient program, which combines community nursing home care with residential care, is one of the largest in the VA system.

The VA Central Ohio Healthcare System is located near downtown Columbus, Ohio. This state of the art medical facility, which opened in the fall of 2008, is located at 420 N. James Road. The education and training of residents is a high priority at the clinic which has sixteen affiliations including The Ohio State University Colleges of Medicine, Optometry, Nursing, Dentistry and Pharmacy.  The Eye Clinic offers state of the art equipment to assist in the care of the veterans. Optometry works in conjunction with Ophthalmology, which offers multiple specialties such as Neuro-ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Glaucoma, Retina, and Uveitis.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 5
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The residency will include 40 hours per week of clinic and didactic experiences.

There are no clinical after hours responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

  1. Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions (including responsibility for travel to the Columbus and Chillicothe sites), conduct him/herself in a professional manner, and remain until all patients are cared for andshe/he is excused by the clinic preceptor.Complete a minimum of 1,200 patient encounters.

  2. Attend and document all other scholarly and didactic activities, including poster presentation and recruiting presentations.Present a poster at the East/West Eye Conference or equivalent meeting.

  3. Achieve “expected” or above ratings in the Clinical Performance and Case Management Skills, Professionalism and Interpersonal Skills, and Teaching and Supervisory Skills sections on all resident evaluations, or successfully complete a remediation program.For “Below Average” evaluations in other areas, improve performance to the satisfaction of his/her mentor and the Program Supervisor.

  4. Write a paper or case report of publishable quality meeting necessary deadlines.

  5. Deliver a presentation of your written work at the OSU residency day.

  6. Accumulate 25 hours of continuing education outside of your normal residency work schedule.

  7. Complete Ohio Optometry Licensure before the end of the first half of residency, to allow for full participation in levels of supervision and Optometry student precepting.

  8. Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

Program Salary/Stipend: Established yearly by the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C. Compensation is not contingent upon the productivity of the resident.
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: Brett Irvin, Optometry Residency Site Coordinator
Telephone: 614-257-5392
Fax: 614-257-5288
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Daniel Grangaard, Optometry Residency Site Co-Coordinator
Telephone: 740-773-1141 ext 6141
Fax: 740-772-7143
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

The National ORMS Residency Matching Program will be utilized. The applicant must provide:

  • A completed an OR Match application

  • Official transcript from the applicant’s school or college of Optometry

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Intent

  • NBEO scores

  • Three letters of recommendation

These will be provided directly to the Residency Program Coordinator.  Applications are due at the end of January.  Interviews will be conducted in Mid to Late February.  Please contact the Program Coordinator for more information.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Brett Irvin or Dr. Dan Grangaard.  The program participates in OR Match. When application materials are on file with the program supervisor, the applicant will be contacted regarding an interview. The resident is selected based on credentials presented and a personal interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin, or non-disqualifying disabilities. Applicants must have received a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited School or College of Optometry by July 1 of the residency year.  Residents are required to obtain Optometric Licensure under the State of Ohio before the end of the first half of 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 31, Utilizing ORMatch Application Service

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