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University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology- Optometry Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Site: University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology
Program Location: Medical School
Program Address: University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology, P.O. Box 800715
1300 Jefferson Park Avenue
Charlottesville, Virginia 22908-0715
Phone Number: 434-924-1941
Fax Number: 434-244-9436
Affiliation: Indiana University, School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Anna K. Bedwell OD / Don W. Lyon, OD, MS

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: July 1, 2018
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the UVA Department of Ophthalmology Optometry Residency Program is to provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and to improve competency in fitting contact lenses.  The program will teach skills in co-management with ophthalmic and other medical specialties, and the resident will have the opportunity to participate in a range of didactic activities.  Through patient exposure, experience, and mentoring, the program will increase competency in clinical decision-making.

Program Description:

Education is one of the three key missions at the University of Virginia Health System.  The strong clinical foundation of the Department of Ophthalmology and the extensive clinical referral population are the principle strengths of the Department’s residency training programs.

The UVA Optometry Residency program is affiliated with the Indiana University School of Optometry and is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).  The program will advance the resident’s knowledge in systemic-based eye care. The resident will primarily work under the Residency Program Coordinator.  Daily, the resident will have an opportunity to see patients with a variety of systemic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, lupus, Sjogren’s, HIV, and MS.  The resident will be challenged to diagnose patients presenting with ocular disease and will be responsible for making appropriate clinical decisions and referrals.  Communication with other specialties within the Department and the Health System is expected. 

Strong focus is placed on contact lens care.  The resident will be exposed to patients with simple refractive error, presbyopia, malignant myopia, and anisometropia.  The resident will also work in our Specialty Contact Lens Clinic and treat keratoconus, pellicud marginal degeneration, post refractive ectasia, and corneal grafts.

The resident will be expected to attend Grand Rounds, Department lectures, and other educational events.  The resident will also have the opportunity to observe surgery in the surgical divisions of the Department.  The resident will be responsible for one scholarly activity each quarter.  Together with the Residency Program Coordinator, the resident will provide guidance and leadership to an optometry extern.

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

The resident is required to be present for clinic between 8:00 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.  Typically the resident will work 40-50 hours per week. Lectures, Grand Rounds, research, and other didactic activities will be held outside clinical hours.  No weekend or on-call hours are required.  All vacation or time off must be approved in advance by the Residency Program Coordinator.

Requirements for Completion:

The requirements for the completion of the residency are as follows:

  • Participation in the care of an adequate number of patients during the Residency Year in order to become competent in Ocular Disease and Contact Lenses

  • Maintain detailed Patient Activity Log throughout the Residency Year, recording all patient encounters

  • Demonstrate competency set by the goals of the program

  • Receive satisfactory evaluations throughout the Residency Year

  • Complete a scholarly activity each quarter and attend appropriate continuing education events

  • Work a minimum of 224 days

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Evan Kaufman, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 434-924-1941
Fax: 434-244-9436
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

To be considered for the program, each candidate must apply through the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMatch) by the application deadline.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selected qualified applicants will be invited for an interview with the Residency Program Coordinator and other faculty and administrators.  All interviews will offer a visit to the University of Virginia Department of Ophthalmology to tour the clinical facility, become more familiar with the program, and to speak directly with the resident currently enrolled in the program.

After all interviews are complete, the Residency Program Coordinator will consult with the interview panel, and rate each candidate in the areas of didactic/clinical experience, interpersonal skills, knowledge, patient management skills, integrity, and motivational status.

The interviewed candidates are ranked following review of all application materials and the interview ratings.  The Residency Program Coordinator will submit the rankings to ORMS.

Program Application Deadline: February 1

Additional Comments

The Department of Ophthalmology serves as the ophthalmic referral center for central and western Virginia and for parts of West Virginia, North Carolina, and Tennessee.  Our 16 faculty members teach and conduct research with 10 ophthalmology residents, three ophthalmology fellows, and one optometry resident.  We offer comprehensive ophthalmic and optometric care as well as the following sub-specialties:  Anterior Segment/Cornea, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Oculoplastics, Pathology, Pediatrics, Refractive, Retina, and Uveitis.