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Residency in Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease at the Audie Murphy VA Hospital

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Program Site: Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 7400 Merton Minter Blvd.

San Antonio, Texas 78229
Phone Number: 210-617-5300
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Dipl Low Vision

Director, Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229


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 mission of the Residency in Brain Injury Rehabilitation and Ocular Disease is to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of veterans with severe traumatic brain injury(TBI) , acquired brain injury(ABI) and visual deficits of acquired neurological disease or postsurgical cerebral complications with additional training in advanced ocular pathology.

Program Description:

The resident will provide optometric care to patients with a diverse range of ocular and neurologic conditions in the Audie Murphy Memorial Veterans Administration Hospital and affiliated clinics. The resident will split their time between seeing patients in the Polytrauma Unit and the Eye Clinic of the hospital. The program will include training in diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of polytrauma-related visual complications, adjustment and eventual reintegration into the community with an improved quality of life. In the Eye Clinic, the resident will receive training in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of ocular disease conditions, including glaucoma, retinal, and anterior segment disorders.

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

40 hrs/week. There are no on-call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

  • Successful completion of all of the residency program’s goals and objectives 

  • Completed one paper of publishable quality (research paper, literature review, case report) 

  • Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic 

  • Submission of all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations) 

  • Successful completion of NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888
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: Gregg Wentworth, Chief of Optometry
Telephone: 210-617-5300
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Gregg Wentworth, OD, FAAO Audie Murphy Memorial VA Hospital 7400 Merton Minter Blvd. San Antonio, TX 78229 210?617-5300

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The Audie Murphy Optometry Residency Program participates in ORMatch. The program coordinator and faculty decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the interview, and input from previous instructors. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.

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

Additional Comments

Polytrauma Rehabilitation 

The resident will send approximately 40% of their time providing care to patients in the Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center of the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital. Patients seen here will have suffered significant traumatic injuries, including multi-organ system, head and spinal cord trauma. The resident will learn how to evaluate and care for polytrauma victims as part of a multidisciplinary team.  

Ocular Disease Diagnosis and Management 

Approximately 40% of the resident’s time will be spent in the Eye Clinic of the Audie Murphy Veterans Administration Hospital. Here the resident will provide general eye care to a large and diverse population of patients with a high prevalence of ocular and systemic disease. The resident will be trained in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease by specialists in retina, cornea and glaucoma, among other specialties. By the conclusion of the residency program the resident will be eligible to sit for the Ocular Disease Management Certification