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Micheal E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Residency in Primary Eye Care

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Micheal E. DeBakey Veterans Administration Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 2002 Holcombe Blvd.

Houston, Texas 77030
Phone Number: 713-794-8632
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of Houston, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Beth G. Harper, OD 

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2014
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The primary mission of the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center Optometric Primary Eye Care Residency program with emphasis in ocular disease is to train optometrists in the diagnosis and management of patients with ocular pathology and the ocular sequelae encountered from various systemic conditions typically encountered in the veteran population. Residents will provide an advanced level of clinical care to the MEDVAMC veteran population. The program will also provide the resident with advanced clinical knowledge of ocular pathology and systemic disease with ocular manifestations and promote evidence-based decision making through didactic and scholarly activities. The residency will also emphasize co-management with other health care professionals as a part of the clinical learning.

Program Description:

A hospital based program emphasizing primary health care including ocular therapeutics and brain-injury vision rehabilitation. Extensive experience is available in the management of patients with ocular and systemic disease.

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

42 hours/week

Requirements for Completion:

1. The resident is required to deliver clinical services at a level which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies of the program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident's patient care. 2.The resident is required to keep a log of patient names and associated information. 3. The resident must complete the scholarly project requirements including a paper of publishable quality, three rounds style presentations, and seminar presentations at MEDVAMC. 4. The resident must attend required seminars. 5. The resident must complete all required evaluations of clinical attendings, the program and the Program Coordinator. 6. The Director of Residency Programs in conjunction with the Residency Program Coordinator will recommend the granting and certification to the Dean. Upon completing the requirements of the program to the satisfaction of the Program Coordinator and Director of Residency Programs, a certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident.

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,838
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Bhagya Segu, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 713-578-5775
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch. In addition to your ORMatch materials, submit directly to the Program Coordinator an unofficial copy (screen shot, etc.) of NBEO scores that are available at application and additional scores as soon as they are available to the candidate.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills. The Veteran's Administration is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. The following are required for program admission 1. Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the beginning of the program. 2. Must pass all parts of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program 3. An optometry GPA of 3.0 (out of 4.0) or higher - exceptions may be made at the program coordinator's discretion. 4. Successful completion of a state licensing examination prior to the beginning of the program. 5. U. S. Citizen Application Process and Selection Procedure Qualified applicants are invited to an interview. A phone interview may be conducted if the candidate is unable to travel to the site. Candidates are evaluated on the basis of clinical and academic competence, interest in the program area, letters of recommendation, degree of match between the program's mission and goals and the candidate's personal residency goals, and interpersonal skills. The Residency Program Coordinator, with input from staff optometrists, ranks the candidates.

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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