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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: Battle Creek VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic (123)
5500 Armstrong Road
Battle Creek, Michigan 49016
Phone Number: 269-966-5600, Ext. 32451
Fax Number: 269-223-6502
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1994
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of this Veterans' Health Administration optometry residency program is to provide post doctorate clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of a wide variety of ocular conditions, with a special emphasis on ocular disease. This program provides experience in the interdisciplinary clinical care of patients with systemic health problems. Interactions with the disciplines of laboratory medicine, internal medicine, ophthalmology and radiology enhance the resident's knowledge of systemic disease and its many ocular manifestations. It also serves to sharpen the management skills of the resident in dealing with specific ocular diseases. Lastly, the optometry residency program offers the opportunity for scholarly pursuits. These include student teaching, written case reports and oral presentations. The skills developed in this residency program will serve as a platform for continued professional development and advanced competency throughout the graduate's career.

Program Description:

This program provides residency training emphasizing ocular disease and the ocular manifestations of systemic disease. The optometry clinic is an integral component of a larger multidisciplinary facility and is staffed by two full-time, residency-trained providers. Daily interaction with the attending faculty and fourth-year clinical interns provides a rich environment for the interpretation, discussion and management of many unusual and complex clinical conditions. Residents are expected to assume responsibility for patient treatment under the direct supervision of attending faculty. Scholarly pursuits are part of the residency program and include student teaching, oral and written presentations and the preparation of a poster.

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

The resident work week is modeled after that of staff and averages 40 hours. The majority of time is devoted to direct clinical care. Additional time may be scheduled for conferences, monthly grand rounds and surgical observation.

Requirements for Completion:

The residency encourages scholarly activities. Clinical instruction of externs and oral presentations to peer audiences is expected. The resident is also expected to complete a manuscript of publishable quality or present a scientific poster (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year. All program-specific completion requirements must be met, along with attendance requirements, satisfactory clinical and professional achievements, and the completion of all periodic written evaluations.

Program Salary/Stipend: $31,965
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Molly McGinty-Tauren, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 269-966-5600, Ext. 32451
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch by the ORMatch published deadline.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants must have an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education by the start of the residency program.

  • The applicant must apply through ORMatch.

  • After the application materials are received by the Residency Supervisor through ORMatch, the applicant will be contacted for an interview.

  • Residents are chosen by a residency committee based on credentials and the interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin or disabilities.

  • Prior to completion of the residency, it is expected that the applicant will have passed the National Board Exam and will obtain state licensure.

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

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