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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: VA Central California Health Care System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VACCHCS Fresno
2615 East Clinton Avenue
Fresno, California 93703
Phone Number: (559) 225-6100, ext. 5366
Fax Number: (559) 228-5309
Affiliation: University of California - Berkeley, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Christina S. Wilmer, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 15th
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1998
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Optometric Residency Program at Berkeley Optometry and its affiliate programs seek to recruit and admit the best-qualified postgraduate optometrists. Our aim is to provide 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 will prepare optometrists for lifelong scholarship in patient care, education, and optometric leadership.

Program Description:

The residency program in Ocular Disease at VA Central California Health Care System (VACCHCS) in Fresno is a fully accredited one-year program that provides highly motivated post-graduate optometrists advanced hospital-based clinical training that is stimulating, challenging and exceptional. Graduates are well prepared for career positions in hospitals, secondary medical and surgical care practices, multidisciplinary health care centers, and as faculty in optometric schools and colleges.

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

Expected weekly hours: The resident is expected to be in clinic five days per week, Monday-Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm. There are no after-hours on-call duties.

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 residency binder Submission of 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: Deana Lum, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: (559) 225-6100, ext. 5366
Fax: (559) 228-5309
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  • Register with ORMatch of the National Matching Services

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

  • After thorough review of completed applications, top candidates will invited to interview Fresno VA

  • Although phone or 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 sequntial ranking of those cadidates 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 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 11, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012. For more information please contact: Deana Lum, OD, FAAO VA Central California Health Care System, Eye Clinic 112, 2615 E. Clinton Avenue, Fresno, CA 93703 (559) 225-6100 x 5366; 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • US citizenship

  • Attainment of an optometry degree from an accredited optometry schol (ACOE) prior to residency start date

  • Cumulative optometry school GPA of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale required

  • Successfully passing the 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

  • Candidates must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in a state, territory, or commonwealth of the United States, or the District of Columbia 

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 15th

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