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Dayton VA Medical Center

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Dayton VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VAMC 112E
4100 West Third Street
Dayton, Ohio 45428
Phone Number: 937-268-6511 x1580
Fax Number: 937-267-5395
Affiliation: The Ohio State University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

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

Residency Director

The Ohio State University College of Optometry

338 West 10th Avenue

Columbus, OH 43210

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2000
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at the Dayton VA Medical Center (VAMC) is to train individuals to practice full scope optometry in a multidisciplinary setting with the highest skills and most current knowledge and to support participation in optometric education and other academic endeavors.

Program Description:

The Dayton VA Medical Center Residency in Optometry is designed to cultivate the skills of optometrists and enable them to diagnose and manage complex cases of ocular disease. The resident provides patient care with graduated supervision in an academically affiliated medical center, with rotations through various other disciplines within the hospital. The resident schedule reflects a heavy emphasis on clinical care, but ample time is allotted for academic enrichment in the form of journal club, grand rounds, lectures, conferences and observation of private specialists. The residency program also offers training on advanced diagnostic equipment and daily inter-action with an academically affiliated ophthalmology program.

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

The residents work a compressed schedule of four ten hour days per week. The normal working hours are 7:00 AM to 5:30 PM with a half-hour lunch. Optometry residents do not have on-call duty.

Requirements for Completion:

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

  • Attend and document all assigned scholarly and didactic activities.

  • Complete a case report or literature review to the level of quality required by a peer reviewed journal.

  • Achieve satisfactory or higher ratings on all resident evaluations provided by the affiliate institution.

  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty.

Program Salary/Stipend: The salary of an Optometry Resident is established by the Department of Veterans Affairs Central Office. Optometry residents currently receive approximately $32,620 annually.
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: Elizabeth Lemos, Residency Site Coordinator
Telephone: 937-268-6511 x 3406
Fax: 937-267-5395
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Inquiries (for this program only) should be directed to Dr. Elizabeth Lemos, 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. Applicants must be U.S. citizens and have received a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited School or College of Optometry by July 1 of the residency year.  Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain State licensure.

The resident must provide:

  • Must complete an OR Match application

  • Transcripts from school or college of Optometry

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Letter of Intent

  • NBEO scores

  • Three letters of recommendation

Applicants will be notified of on-site interview date and time.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

* Resident selection is based on personal interview (performance-based questions), credentials and references. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to gender, race, creed, national origin or non-disqualifying physical disabilities. * VA Residents must be U.S. Citizens. * Applicants and program directors are notified of binding matches by ORMatch on or before March 11. Accepted candidates must obtain a state optometric license.

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

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