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Primary Eye Care and Low Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Geriatric Optometry
Program Site: Robert J. Dole VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 5500 E. Kellogg

Wichita, Kansas 67218
Phone Number: 316-685-2221 x 57100
Fax Number: 316-239-2747
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 14
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2008
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Our mission, in conjunction with the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, is to promote higher education by providing extended training beyond the scope afforded through a traditional optometric graduate program. The resident will strive to enhance and expand upon their clinical skills through complex cases within the structure of a medical center, as well as advance didactic knowledge in the forms of research, publication and education. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be able to pursue professional opportunities requiring a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:

This one year residency at the Robert J. Dole VAMC in Wichita, Kansas will provide extensive clinical experience in Primary Eye care and Low Vision rehabilitation. Participation in primary care with treatment and management of ocular disease, and low vision rehabilitation. The resident will assist with direct patient care and the teaching of student interns. Other responsibilities include on-call and attending and/or lecturing at seminars.

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

40 clinic hours a week , rotating with Optometry staff attendings

Requirements for Completion:

Completion of the 12 months of residency attending the assigned clinic services.  

Attending and presenting required lectures and grand rounds with students, staff and faculty.

A manuscript of publishable quality or Poster/Presentation/Lecture presented at the regional or national meeting or completion of a research project.

Attend the AAO, State Association meetings, or the Heart of America CE Conference

Obtain a current state license to practice optometry

Pass Part 1, 2, and 3 of the National Boards in Optometry prior to start of  Residency - highly recommended

Program Salary/Stipend: 35,063.00
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: Michelle Dent, OD
Telephone: 316-685-2221 x 57100
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Michelle Dent, OD Program Coordinator Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center 5500 E. Kellogg Wichita, KS 67218 316-685-2221

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure: In addition to applying through OR Match, residents must provide the following through ORMatch: curriculum vitae, National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) scores, optometry school transcripts, three letters of recommendation and a statement of interest. Each qualified applicant is asked to come to the Robert J. Dole VAMC for an interview which is conducted by the Residency Committee. Under special circumstances, a telephone interview may be granted. The Residency Committee will evaluate the applicants based upon their applications, interviews, and references. Admission Criteria: The applicant must have earned an O.D. degree or will have earned such a degree from an accredited School or College of Optometry prior to the starting date of the program. The applicant must successfully complete Parts I, II of the NBEO examinations. Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain state licensure. Federal regulations require U.S. citizenship.

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 14

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