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VTV Optometric Post Doctoral Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Refractive and Ocular Surgery, Anterior Segment
Program Site: Vance Thompson Vision
Program Location: Private Clinic
Program Address: 3101 West 57th St

Sioux Falls, South Dakota 57108
Phone Number: 605-361-3937
Fax Number: 605-371-7035
Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Heather McLeod OD (

Program Application Deadline: January 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2017
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

Provide the post-doctoral optometrist advanced training and competency in ocular disease as well as refractive and ocular surgery peri-operative care with an emphasis on direct patient care, research, and educational opportunities.

Program Description:

The Optometric Residency at Vance Thompson Vision provides advanced clinical training in anterior segment ocular care.  Residents will participate in direct patient care including laser and implant refractive surgery, advanced refractive cataract surgery, corneal disease and transplant surgery, glaucoma treatment and surgery, oculo-plastic surgery and dry eye.  An understanding and knowledge of advanced diagnostic and surgical technology will be developed. Additional emphasis will be placed on participation in anterior segment clinical research, opportunities to educate colleagues and participate in the training of optometric interns.  The OD resident will also have the opportunity to train alongside an MD Fellow in all aspects of anterior segment care.  The OD resident will also learn a fundamental priority at Vance Thompson Vision, to provide the best patient experience on earth[.



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

40-50 hours including after hours call

Requirements for Completion:

Complete all clinical rotations

                                             Complete one research project for presentation

                                             Write one publishable paper or poster to be presented

                                             Coordinate three Journal Club educational meetings

                                             Complete a final residency review of the program

Program Salary/Stipend: $45,000
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Douglas Wallin, Coordinator
Telephone: 605-361-3937
Fax: 605-371-7035
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application is through the ORMatch

1. Visit ORMatch web site and submit your application.

2. Contact the program coordinator (Douglas Wallin, OD, declaring your interest in applying.

3.Applicants are encouraged to take part three of NBEO prior to January so results may be available at the interview.

4. Arrangements for an on-site interview will be made.

5. After completing the interview process, complete the ORMatch Applicant's Ranking Form.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure and Admission

               Application to ORMatch

               NBEO Test Score

               Official Transcripts from Optometric College (>3.0 on 4.0 scale)

               Introductory Essay

               Personal Interview

Program Application Deadline: January 15

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