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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
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 x24606
Fax Number:
Email: andrew.mick@va.gov
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Christina S. Wilmer, OD, FAAO


Program Application Deadline: January 1
Program URL: https://optometry.berkeley.edu/academics/residency-program/off-campus-residencies/va-san-francisco/

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1985
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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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 ocular disease 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:
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: $42,771
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: (415) 221-4810 x24606
Fax:
E-mail Address: andrew.mick@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
Fax:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • US citizenship

  • Attainment of an optometry degree from an accredited optometry school (ACOE)

  • Attainment of cumulative optometry school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale

  • Successfully passing of National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) Part I, Part II and TMOD prior to ORMatch  rank deadline

  • If male, proof of registration with Selective Service prior to 26th birthday


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Register with ORMatch of the National Matching

  • Provide ORMatch with NBEO scores, letter of intent, curriculum vitae, copy of optometry school transcripts, and three letters of recommendation

  • After thoroughly evaluating the applicant pool, top candidates will be invited to interview with SFVA program faculty. 

  • The program coordinator and faculty members decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates to submit to ORMatch

  • 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

  • Matched candidates submit official optometry school transcripts to the Residency Coordinator as required by the UC Berkeley Graduate Division



NOTE: For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive. 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. For more information please contact: Andrew Mick, OD, FAAO VAMC Eye Clinic 112-A 4150 Clement St. San Francisco, CA 94121 (415) 221-4810 x 24606 andrew.mick@va.gov


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 1

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