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Residency in Family Practice/ Ocular Disease with an Emphasis on Rural Health Care

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Family Practice Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: Virginia Eye Care Clinic
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 1193 Plaza Drive

Grundy, Virginia 24614
Phone Number: 276-935-4558
Fax Number: 276-935-2993
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD, FAAO

Director of Off-Campus Residency Programs at PCO/Salus University

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2018
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Residency in Family Practice/Ocular Disease with an Emphasis on Rural Health Care is to recruit qualified graduating or graduate optometrists; to train the entry level graduate optometrist in advanced patient care through clinical management and co-management experiences in a broad range of ophthalmic disorders; to promote development of skills as a self-learner; and to provide a suitable environment in which the resident can flourish

Program Description:

The Virginia Eyecare Clinic has been serving the eyecare needs of residents in Buchanan and surrounding counties in Virginia for nearly three decades. Our mission and goals focus us to care for our patients and community, building relationships and addressing ocular needs with the highest level of care possible. The resident would be involved in Family Eye Care from infants to geriatrics, vision care and contact lens fits of all levels of difficulty, ocular disease diagnosis, care and management, and coordination with specialty referrals to outside providers as needed. Our residents will get the special opportunity to help provide care to the far reaches of our community and county in caring for our patients in a rural community through the involvement in RAM Clinics, development of satellite clinic locations and participation in community screening programs.

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

Patient Care

  • The resident will see patients in clinic Monday - Friday on a weekly basis: 35-40 hours/week 

  • The resident will accrue a minimum of 1000-1200 patient encounters.

  • The Resident will work up to seeing a full case load of approximately 20+ patients per day.

  • The Resident will rotate on call duties after hours with the Residency supervisor on a 2 week or 1 month basis as is seen fit.

Supervisory experiences

  • The resident will interact and have opportunities for didactic supervision with externs as opportunities arise.

Didactic LearningGrand Rounds / Presentations / Scholarly learning

  • Monthly the Resident will participate in grand rounds with attendees both optometric and interdisciplinary to be invited.

  • The resident will attend conferences and join optometric organizations as desired and as able.

  • Will attend Resident Day annually at Salus PCO Campus.

Community Involvement

  • The resident will participate in various school and health screenings, RAM clinics and other optometric volunteer opportunities as they arise.

  • Residents will participate in InfantSEE screenings and education of local health providers and patients regarding optometry's role in health care.

Requirements for Completion:

Completion of a publishable quality paper case report, or research; completion of all patient care and activity logs; completion of all evaluations; presentation of Grand Rounds at Resident's Day at Salus Univerity; 

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Other: 10 days vacation time, accrual of sick leave, professional leave for CE as approved by supervisor, travel allowance to CE meetings
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Amanda Umlandt, Attending Optometrist
Telephone: 276-935-4558
Fax: 276-935-2993
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

All applicants must apply through the ORMatch (

Please submit the following directly to the program supervisor:

  • Letter of interest explaining why you wish to pursue this residency (email is acceptable)

  • Resume / curriculum vitae (email is acceptable)

  • Current optometric transcript (complete official transcript when available, copy is acceptable)

  • Current NBEO transcript (complete transcript when available, copy is acceptable)

  • Three letters of recommendation from persons who can attest to your clinical abilities (an email version of the letter is acceptable)

Once all materials are submitted and the application packet is reviewed, candidates will be invited for an on-site interview.  Phone interviews may be conducted if there are travel restrictions due to the applicant's current externship site location.  This will be determined on a case by case scenario. Candidates will be evaluated on the basis of clinic and academic competence, interest in the program area, recommendations, and interpersonal skills.  

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The applicant must have earned an O.D. degree from an accredited school or college of optometry prior to the start date of the program.

The applicant must have taken and passed parts I, II, and preferably passed part III of the NBEO exams by the application deadline, and be license eligible in the state of Virginia by the start of the residency program. 

 **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. Amanda Umlandt) to determine application criteria and interview procedures**

The applicant must be a citizen of the United States. 

All applicants will be evaluated without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disabilities.


Program Application Deadline: February 1

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 May of every academic year.