New Search

Gundersen Health System Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Gundersen Health System Eye Clinics
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: Gundersen Health Systems
1900 South Avenue
La Crosse, Wisconsin 54601
Phone Number: 563 382-2639 Ext. 75633
Fax Number: 563 387-0127
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Anna K. Bedwell, OD, FAAO / Don W. Lyon, OD, MS, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/01/2015
Accreditation Status: Accredited

Click here for more information about accreditation of optometric residency programs.

Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The primary goal of the Gundersen Health System Optometry Residency is to provide a highly educational experience that exposes the Resident to cutting edge technology in a highly respected Ophthalmology/Optometry Clinic within a large, multidisciplinary healthcare setting.

Program Description:

The Optometry Resident's education will be the top priority of this program. Residents will have their own schedule and be responsible for the care and management of their patients with the help of attending physicians as soon as they are fully credentialed. Residents will be required to attend lectures on campus, conduct a research project or case study, and attend continuing education conferences in addition to clinical duties in order to instill in them a commitment to lifelong learning and a dedication to the profession of Optometry. Residents will have an opportunity to observe cataract, refractive, glaucoma, oculoplastic, and retinal surgeries and work with our retinal specialists, glaucoma, specialist, corneal specialists, and in our Traumatic Brain Injury/Low Vision Clinic. In addition, Residents will have an opportunity to participate in Interprofessional Education throughout the Residency Year. Gundersen Health System currently hosts Optometry Externs from IUSO, ICO, and UMSL. Residents will have the opportunity to teach and interact with Externs throughout the program.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 1
Program Starting Date: Last week in June
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday through Friday 7:30 AM-4:30 PM

Requirements for Completion:

1. Submission of a poster of paper to the AAO meeting or national meeting. 2. One paper of publishable quality done by the end of the residency (Clinical case report, retrospective study, etc.) 3. Performance to the satisfaction of the residency coordinators & preceptors 4. Completion of the required lecture for Optometry Department 5. Receiving satisfactory evaluations by residency coordinators throughout the residency. 6. Attendance at scheduled continuing education and/or case conferences. 7. Seeing adequate number of patients to satisfy the goals of the program. 8. Engaging in Interprofessional Education throughout Residency 9. Completion of Quality Improvement Project with QI Department

Program Salary/Stipend: $48,500
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jennifer Gipp, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 563 382-2639 Ext. 75633
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

In addition to the ORMatch application, we ask that each candidate submit a cover letter, a copy of NBEO scores,* optometry school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation sent to the program coordinator, Dr. Jennifer Gipp. *ORMatch and the NBEO have entered into an agreement for ORMatch to supply NBEO Parts I and II scores during the last weeks of February to programs where you apply and Part III scores (when they are available in June) for all matched candidates. This service is provided at no cost to you by ORMatch; your scores are obtained using your OE Tracker Number. Procedure: * Initial phone conversation with Dr. Gipp scheduled when all application materials arrive * Selected applicants will be invited for an onsite interview * Applicants will be ranked through ORMatch * Applicant will be notified of a match through ORMatch

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Please apply through Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) and follow its application guidelines. Submit all required application materials

Program Application Deadline: January 31st

Additional Comments

Optional Participation in Gundersen Global Partners Vision Trips to Nicaragua * Participation is highly encouraged, but not required * Residents will have an opportunity to travel with Gundersen Eye Care Team consisting of Ophthalmologists, Optometrists, Ophthalmic Technicians and Assistants, Opticians, and volunteers to provide eye care to underserved populations near Matagalpa, Nicaragua for one week.