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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: Erie VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 135 East 38th Street

Erie, Pennsylvania 16504
Phone Number: 814-868-8661 x 3220
Fax Number: 814-860-2768
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD FAAO

PCO/Salus University

Program Application Deadline: Feb 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/01/2016
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Erie VA Medical Center residency program in ocular disease/primary care is to help highly motivated residents become excellent eye care practitioners with expertise in primary eye care, ocular disease and low vision care.  We want residents to develop into eye care practitioners who are confident, independent, keenly interested in self-awareness and self-improvement, and who know how to learn on their own but also work as part of a team.   Residents will further develop entry level skills to attain advanced core competencies and strengthen their patient care skills by encountering a diverse clinical population.  The program will expose residents to a multidisciplinary environment by fostering a team-based approach to managing patients’ ocular and systemic health.  Residents will expand their knowledge bases through a robust and challenging clinical environment, and will be encouraged to pursue lifelong learning as well as the advancement of the profession.  


Program Description:

Our doctors are passionate about patient care, optometric education and teaching. Residents will develop advanced competency in the treatment and management of ocular and ocular/systemic disease while gaining the skills to function independently in a multi-disciplinary hospital based eye clinic. Residents will also participate in cataract surgery co-management, low vision, telehealth retinal image readings and TBI examinations. We have one ophthalmologist on staff whom performs cataract surgeries at the Erie VAMC's brand new surgical center. Residents will experience all aspects of the surgical process to include preoperative examinations, surgical observation, and postoperative care.  Residents will also rotate through local private ophthalmologists’ offices to support all areas of eye care including retina and cornea specialties.  The Erie VAMC Optometry Department has a teaching program involving fourth year optometry students. Our residents have the opportunity to precept the students throughout the year. Residents will also participate in Thursday journal clubs and Tuesday PowerPoint presentations. 

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

Patient care is Monday-Friday, 8am-4:30pm. Even though the tour of duty officially ends at 4:30 pm, the residents are expected to stay until all patients for the day are seen and notes for the day are completed. We have a bi-monthly Journal Club on the second and fourth Thursdays of every month and a 7am arrival time will be expected on those days. There are no weekend hours or on-call duties.

Requirements for Completion:


Requirements for Completion: 


  • Deliver patient care services at a level satisfactory to those responsible for the supervision of the residency program. 


  • Perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care services and to observe those proprieties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University.


  • Complete a paper of publishable quality and submit the manuscript by the end of June.  It is highly recommended that the paper be submitted for publication. 


  • Maintain an accurate patient log of all patients seen during the residency year, including major ocular diagnosis for all patients online 


  • Attend and document all other assigned activities, including retinal reads, case reports, journal club topics, clinic and surgical encounters at specialty clinic observations and any other scholarly activities 


  • Present a final PowerPoint presentation on an interesting clinical case seen during residency at Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University during the Residency Grand Rounds in May


  • Participate in all Thursday journal club discussions and present to students and preceptors at Tuesday afternoon case discussions


  • Achieve satisfactory performance evaluations


  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the residency program and faculty

Program Salary/Stipend: Salary is approximately $42,167 set nationally by VA
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: Delia Landy, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 814-868-8661 x 3220
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Applicants must apply via the ORMATCH National Matching Services, Inc. (Optometry Residency Matching Services). Follow the application guidelines at on or before January 31st.


All candidates must submit these items (All documents must be received prior to interview):

a. Letter of intent

b. Curriculum vitae

c. NBEO scores -  **Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Delia Landy) to determine application criteria**

d. Official optometry school transcript

e. 3 letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Upon receipt of Application materials, program will contact eligible applicants to schedule an interview.

  • Applicants must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) by the time residency starts.  


  • Applicants must complete and pass Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry -  **Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Delia Landy) to determine application criteria/interview process**


  • The Department of Veterans Affairs does not discriminate based on gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position that is funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations.

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: Feb 15

Additional Comments

The resident receives a certificate of completion at the end of the residency year.  Salus Univeristy also hosts all residents and program supervisors at their end of the year Residency Graduation Ceremony, which takes place on-campus, typically late Spring of every academic year.