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Primary Care/Geriatrics/Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: St. Louis VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic (11F JC)
915 N. Grand Ave.
St. Louis, Missouri 63109
Phone Number: (314) 652-4100 x 53619
Fax Number: 314-289-6581
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1988
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Primary Care Residency at the St. Louis VA Medical Center is to inspire and develop capable and skilled optometric practitioners. The Primary Care Residency seeks to fulfill its mission by providing clinically focused post-graduate education in a multi-disciplinary setting with emphasis on an older adult patient population. The residency will at the same time fulfill the Medical Center's commitment to provide high quality eye care to our veteran patients.

Program Description:

This residency provides advanced clinical experience in primary care optometry with an emphasis on geriatric patients and ocular disease. Direct patient care is the primary educational activity. Because of the nature of the veteran population and the treatment programs at the VA Medical Center, the resident is exposed to a wide range of medical and ocular diagnoses. Other activities are included to broaden the overall learning experience.The resident participates in optometry conferences and grand rounds and seminars; supervises fourth year optometry students training at the VA Medical Center; and develops scholarship skills by working on a paper of publishable quality.

Program Length:
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: First week of July
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Approximately 32 hours of patient care and 8 hours of professional development

Requirements for Completion:

For successful completion of the residency, the resident must fulfill all the outcome measures and requirements of the residency prior to awarding the certificate of completion. The resident must demonstrate patient care abilities beyond entry level of practice, attended the required lectures and seminars, complete scholarly activities and write a paper of publishable quality. A certificate of completion is presented at the conclusion of all residency requirements.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,396
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: Allison Schafers, Program Coordinator
Telephone: (314) 652-4100 x 53429
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

The required documentation from each candidate includes a statement on their reason to complete a residency, curriculum vitae, official NBEO scores, Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.  The application materials will be submitted through ORMatch.

Allison Schafers, OD FAAO

VA Medical Center Eye Center (11F JC)

915 N. Grand Ave.

St. Louis, MO 63109

314-652-4100 ext. 53619


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection procedure: Based on application material and interview, the applicants are ranked with ORMatch and the final selection is based on ORMatch Admission criteria: Applicants must have successfully graduated with an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education and has successfully passed all parts of the National Board of Optometry (NBEO) examinations. Each candidate must submit all required documents, go through an interview processes and register electronically with the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMatch). The required documentation from each candidate includes a statement on their reason to complete a residency, curriculum vitae, official NBEO scores, Official transcripts and three letters of recommendation.

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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