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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Cincinnati VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 2929 Highland Avenue

Cincinnati, Ohio 45219
Phone Number: 513-559-3600
Fax Number: 513-475-6944
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, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2009
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the optometry ocular disease residency program at the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH (Cincinnati VAMC) is to train individuals to be leaders in optometry by having advanced clinical competence, current knowledge, the capacity to practice full-scope optometry within an integrated health care setting, and who have the skills to participate in clinical research and optometric education.

Program Description:

The residents provide comprehensive eye care services to Veterans in the following clinics:

  • General Optometry

  • Contact Lens (medically necessary)

  • Low Vision (optional based on interest)

  • Ophthalmology Retina

  • Ophthalmology Cornea

  • Ophthalmology Glaucoma

Residents attend a weekly seminar with the residency program director that follows a curriculum designed to support and encourage literature review, discuss advanced concepts in ocular disease management and teach evidence-based medicine best practices. Residents also attend weekly ophthalmology grand rounds with the University of Cincinnati Ophthalmology residents and a weekly lecture series at the VA Eye Center with faculty and optometry students. Residents will attend and participate in a monthly optometric continuing education lecture series with faculty of the Cincinnati Eye Institute and the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. 

The Ohio State University provides visitations to organizations for the visually impaired which may include the Ohio State School for the Blind, Pilot Dogs of America, Cleveland Blind VA Rehabilitation Center, and the Cleveland Sight Center. Residents have the opportunity to observe various subspecialty ophthalmology clinics including surgery (cataract, retinal, glaucoma, oculo-plastic, and cornea). They attend hospital-wide lectures, participate on multidisciplinary teams in outpatient clinics, and observe healthcare providers from different medical disciplines (e.g. primary care medicine, neurology, radiology).

Additional presentations made at major optometric conferences are encouraged (American Academy of Optometry (AAO), Southeastern Educational Congress of Optometry (SECO), American Optometric Association (AOA)), and Armed Forces Optometric Society (AFOS).

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: June 27, 2022-June 30, 2023
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident schedule is Monday-Friday 7:45-4:15. There are no “on call” responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Complete clinic duties including patient care, documentation, and co-management with other medical disciplines in a timely and professional manner.

  • Complete a minimum of 1200 patient encounters

  • Attend and document all scholarly and didactic activities

  • Complete a case report or research project to the level of quality required by a peer reviewed journal

  • Present a poster at the EastWest Eye Conference in Columbus, OH

  • Achieve satisfactory or higher ratings on all resident evaluations

  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty

  • Meet requirements to obtain State Optometric Licensure, prior to residency completion.

Program Salary/Stipend: Established by the VA Headquarters in Washington D.C., currently $36,454.
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: Matthew Horton, Residency Site Director
Telephone: 513-559-3600
Fax: 513-475-6944
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

The resident must provide:

  • Must complete an OR Match application

  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry, as well as, undergraduate college

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Intent

  • NBEO scores

  • Three letters of recommendation

Interviews will be scheduled between December 2021 and February 2022

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Matthew Horton, Program Supervisor. 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. Residents must be graduates of a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE.

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, 2022

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