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Primary Care Optometry - Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Portland HCS-Salem CBOC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 1750 McGilchrist Street SE

Salem, Oregon 97302
Phone Number: 971-304-2210
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 7/01/2017
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This one-year program offers qualified Doctors of Optometry a residency experience in primary eye care at an advanced clinical level through direct participation in patient care to a predominantly geriatric population.  While working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the resident will enhance his/her experience in diagnosing and managing ocular disease, ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease, and low vision patients.  The resident will also further his/her optometric knowledge by engaging in didactic and scholarly activities.

Program Description:

Goal 1: Enhance the primary eye and vision care assessment and the management skills of the resident through significant broad-based clinical experience.

Goal 2: Foster the resident's active participation as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Goal 3: Develop the resident's skills as an educator.

Goal 4: Encourage the resident's pursuit of scholarly activities.

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

Residents typically work 40 to 50 hours per week, and the Eye Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Requirements for Completion:

Certificate of Completion

  • A certificate of completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements.

  • Fulfillment of program participation for the duration of the program year.

  • Preparing and delivering a presentation for the weekly optometry clinical seminar at least once a quarter during the program year.

  • Preparing a potentially publishable manuscript.

  • Preparing and delivering a presentation at the annual Pacific University College of Optometry Northwest Residents Conference.

Program Salary/Stipend: $37,045 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Russell Jew, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 971-304-2210
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at

For your application to be complete, please send a letter of intent, your CV, official optometry transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Russell Jew ( via e-mail by January 31, 2020 in addition to OR Match application. 

The application deadline is January 31.

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Russell Jew, OD | Residency Coordinator             

Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic

1750 McGilchrist Street SE

Salem, OR  97302

971-304-2210 |

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency.

Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must pass all parts before the start date of the residency. 

The selected candidate must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Oregon including certification to use topical and nontopical pharmaceutical agents with injections.

It is the policy of the VA Health Care System to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability; to ensure that the workforce profile will clearly reflect a meaningful distribution and utilization of minority and female employees, and to provide for the prompt, fair and impartial consideration and disposition of complaints involving issues of discrimination on ground of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or reprisal.

Only United States citizens are eligible candidates for funded residency positions sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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: January 31

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