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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA SNHCS Eye Clinic
2295 Kietzke Lane
Reno, Nevada 89502-2597
Phone Number: 775-328-1773 or 775-786-7200 ext 6050
Fax Number: 775-326-5743
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Christina S. Wilmer, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 2006
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometric Residency Program at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry and its affiliate programs seek to recruit and admit the best-qualified post-graduate optometrists and to provide them with advanced clinical education and concentrated clinical experience in specialty areas of optometry in an institutional or hospital based setting. This mentored educational and clinical experience prepares optometrists for lifelong scholarship in patient care, education, and optometric leadership. The residency program at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System provides residents with knowledge of diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease which enhances their proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care. In addition, this program strives to enhance the quality of eye, vision, and health care for veterans.

Program Description:


  1. Enhance the resident's proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care.

  2. Educate the resident to function effectively within a multi-disciplinary health care environment through constructive relations with other health care disciplines.

  3. Provide the resident with clinical experience in therapeutics and the management of ocular disease.

  4. The resident gains experience in becoming an effective educator.

  5. Promote an appreciation for the significance of research and other scholarly activity to the resident.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

  • Eye Clinic: 4.5 days per week

  • Cataract Surgical Observation: at resident's request

  • Low vision 1 day per week (more at resident's request)

  • Didactic/case presentations: ~2 hours per week

  • Independent study time: 4 hours per week

  • Ancillary clinic rotations: Minimum of 12hrs during the residency year

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:

Complete one year of training Three oral case presentations as part of the Resident Lecture Series Residency paper with approval from Program Coordinator and Residency Director Submission of completed patient logs and evaluations Favorable recommendation from the Program Coordinator

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,063
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: Dr. Marla Plecha, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 775-328-1773 or 775-786-7200 ext 6050
Fax: 775-326-5743
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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 ORMatchrank 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 Services

  • Provice 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 at Reno VA (VA SNHCS). Although phone and videoconference interviews are possible, the in-person format is strongly encouraged. 

  • THe program coordinator and faculty members decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidatsto 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 transcriptsto 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.

For more information or to apply to this program please contact:

Marla Plecha, OD, FAAO, Eye Clinic Supervisor

VA SNHCS Eye Clinic

2295 Kietzke Lane

Reno, NV 89502

Tel: (775) 786-7200 Ext: 6050

Fax:(775) 326-5743


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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