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Program Title: Primary Care Residency
Program Type: Ocular Disease, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Marion VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 2401 W. Main St.

Marion, Illinois 62959
Phone Number: 618-997-5311 ext. 54334
Fax Number: 618-998-5651
Affiliation: University of Missouri at St. Louis, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Julie Ott DeKinder, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the optometry residency program at the Marion, Illinois VA Medical Center is to provide optometric graduates with extensive clinical training and experience in a multidisciplinary health care setting. Residents develop advanced competencies in eye, vision, and health care by providing eye care to patients with multiple medical problems. Residents participate in regular educational activities and develop skills beyond what is necessary for an entry-level position. The program encourages critical thinking and gives the residents the opportunity to understand ocular disease in greater depth while practicing in a hospital-based setting.

Program Description:

This one year residency at the Marion, IL VAMC will provide extensive clinical experience in primary care with treatment and management of ocular disease as well as low vision rehabilitation. The resident will assist with direct patient care and the teaching of student interns. Other responsibilities include attending and/or lecturing at seminars and attending 2-3 journal club meetings each month.

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

40 hrs. and 8 weeks of on-call duty

Requirements for Completion:

  • complete the entire residency year

  • attend clinic every day as assigned

  • attend optometry conferences (every Thursday) as well as preparing for and participating in these discussions

  • present case reports and/or reviews of ocular disease topics to the eye clinic staff at least four times during the year

  • take call for the equivalent of approximately 60 days during the last eight months of the program

  • precept fourth-year optometry students during the last half of the residency

  • attend a regional or national optometry conference

  • attain at least a 3.0 rating on a scale of 5.0 on performance evaluations

  • write a manuscript of publishable quality

  • complete an exit interview with the Program Supervisor

Program Salary/Stipend: $31,965
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: Linda Lucas, OD
Telephone: 618-997-5311 ext. 54334
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Linda Lucas, OD Program Coordinator Marion VAMC 2401 W. Main St. Marion, IL 62959 618-997-5311 ext 54334

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure:Applicants will apply through OR Match. If possible, all applicants will be interviewed. After all applications have been received and interviews have taken place, staff doctors will rank the candidates and send the rankings into the OR Match. Admission criteria:O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry prior to the residency start date Successful completion of all parts of the NBEO examinations U.S. citizenship Eligible for state licensure Submission of required application materials (curriculum vitae, official National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) scores, official transcripts of optometric education, brief statement of applicant's desire to complete a residency and three letters of recommendation from faculty, preceptors, employers, colleagues, or other appropriate individuals.

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 15

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