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Basic Information

Program Title: Primary Care Residency
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: San Francisco VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VAMC Eye Clinic 112-A
4150 Clement Street
San Francisco, California 94121
Phone Number: (415) 221-4810 x4606
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Christina S. Wilmer, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: Refer to ORMatch
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1985
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometry Residency Program at the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a one-year post-doctoral clinical training program designed to provide advanced competency in clinical skills and scholarly development for recent optometry graduates within the multi-disciplinary clinical setting of this medical center.

Program Description:

The San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) offers three positions in a one-year postgraduate residency in primary care optometry affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. The program is designed to provide advanced competency in clinical skills and scholarly development of the resident. Primarily through direct patient care and supplemented with seminars, conferences, lectures, and grand rounds, residents should significantly improve their competency and confidence in the areas of vision care, diagnosis, knowledge of clinical studies, critical clinical thinking skills, and patient management. Upon completion of the program the resident should be of the caliber to make a significant contribution to optometric clinical education or the practice of optometry in a multidisciplinary health care setting.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Hours from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Urgent care follow-up may involve patient care outside these hours, but there are no on-call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

Successful completion of the program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 1,200 direct patient encounters, three oral presentations at resident conferences, completion of patient logs and outcomes assessments, and completion of an acceptable manuscript. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded by Berkeley Optometry and SFVA.

Program Salary/Stipend: $42,118
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: Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: (415) 221-4810 x4606
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants must: Apply through and participate in ORMatch matching program at Be a US citizen (required for all VA funded optometry training positions). If male, registered with Selective Service prior to their 26th birthday. Graduate from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry prior to matriculation into the program. Pass National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I and Part II, prior to ORMatch. Provide the program with curriculum vitae, personal statement, official transcripts of optometric education, unofficial results of National Boards of Examiners in Optometry, and three letters of recommendation. A personal visit to the residency site for an interview is highly encouraged. A 3.00 GPA is required. NOTE: For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive. For more information or to apply to this program please contact: Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO VAMC Eye Clinic 112-A 4150 Clement St. San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 221-4810 x 4606

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The program coordinator and faculty member decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and input from previous instructors. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator. ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match. The program coordinator and the program director contact the matched candidates and confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.

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: Refer to ORMatch

Additional Comments

UC Berkeley affiliated VA Optometry Residents are registered graduate students and may qualify for student loan deferral while registered in the program.