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Residency in Ocular Disease at the Doris Miller VAMC

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Doris Miller Veteran Affairs Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 4800 Memorial Drive
Building 91, Basement, c/o Eye Clinic
Waco, Texas 76711
Phone Number: 254-297-3000 x55983
Fax Number:
Affiliation: University of the Incarnate Word, Rosenberg School of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Stephanie Schmiedecke Barbieri, OD, FAAO, ABCMO, Dipl Low Vision

Director, Residency Programs and Fellowships

Rosenberg School of Optometry

University of the Incarnate Word

9725 Datapoint Drive

San Antonio, TX 78229


Program Application Deadline: February 15
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 Ocular Disease Optometry at the Doris Miller Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Waco, Texas is to provide advanced clinical training in a context of service to our nation’s Veterans with the emphasis on the management of patients with ocular disease as part of a multidisciplinary team. This allows the resident upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:

The resident will provide optometric care to patients with a diverse range of ocular and neurologic conditions in the Doris Miller VAMC Eye Clinic. The resident will also be exposed to low vision rehabilitation at the Blind Rehabilitation Center on our campus as well as be exposed to the Ophthalmology subspecialties at our parent hospital, Olin E. Teague Veteran Affairs Hospital in Temple, Texas. In the Doris Miller VAMC Eye Clinic, the resident will receive training in the diagnosis and management of a wide variety of ocular disease conditions, including glaucoma, retinal disease, and anterior segment disorders.

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 hrs/week (there are no on-call responsibilities)

Requirements for Completion:

  • Successfully complete all the residency program’s goals and objectives

  • Complete one paper of publishable quality (research paper, literature review, case report)

  • Deliver one presentation on an optometric topic

  • Submit all residency evaluation forms (activity logs, exit evaluations)

  • Successfully Complete NBEO Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Erika M. Perzan, Supervisory Optometrist
Telephone: 254-297-3000 x55983
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

The program participates in ORMarch, and candidates may apply to the program through the ORMatch website. In addition, the following items are required:

  • Personal statement

  • Resume or curriculum vitae 

  • Three letters of recommendation.

  • Official optometry school transcript

  • NBEO scores

Please contact the program coordinator for complete application information

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Selection Procedure

  • The program coordinator and faculty decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the interview, and input from previous instructors.

  • Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.

  • ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match.

  • The program coordinator and the program director contact the matched candidates and confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. 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.

  2. Successful completion of parts 1, 2, and 3 of the NBEO examinations.

  3. Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as a therapeutic optometrist in the State of Texas.

  4. Candidates must be a US citizen.


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 15

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