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Residency in Primary Care with an emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Jacksonville VA
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 1536 N. Jefferson Street
Eye Clinic
Jacksonville, Florida 32209
Phone Number: 904-475-6310
Fax Number: 352-384-8015
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Mariem Abdou, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/2019
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the program is to provide qualified post-doctoral practitioners with an advanced educational experience that will enhance clinical skills in both primary eye care and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical setting, practice in co-management and multidisciplinary practices, and/or serve as clinical instructors at optometry schools.  


Program Description:

This residency program is designed to provide qualified residents with a significant number of diverse patient encounters. The resident will work a forty-hour work week where the majority of the time will be devoted to direct patient care in the primary care eye clinic.  The resident will have the opportunity to manage a significant number of ocular disease cases, including glaucoma, retinal pathologies, cataract management, and neuro-ophthalmic cases. The resident will also rotate through weekly contact lens and low vision clinics.  The resident will participate in journal club meetings with the staff and optometry students and will be given the opportunity to attend a professional conference.  

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

The resident will be required to work 40 hours a week, 52 weeks a year, excluding federal holidays, authorized absence, annual and sick leave. The tour of duty is four 10-hour days, Mon – Fri 0700 to 1730. There are no after hour responsibilities.The resident is granted 13 days of annual leave (vacation), federal holidays, sick days and authorized absence. Authorized absence is to be used to attend the VISN 8 Optometry Resident Grand Rounds, NSU's Optometry Residency Weekend, and/or attending major educational meetings (i.e. AAO, AOA Congress, SECO) at their own expense. Attendance at the meeting will be verified. A 45-day notice is required in order to use any of these days.

Requirements for Completion:

The residents will each be awarded a Certification of Completion from Nova Southeastern University upon successful completion of the program.  Satisfactory completion of the residency requires all of the following to be met: 

  • Arrive on time for and attend all scheduled clinics, lectures, and seminars

  • Participation and completion of all assigned clinical duties

  • Satisfactory preparation and delivery of all scholarly assignments

  • Preparation of a manuscript of publishable quality

  • Performance of all additional duties as assigned by the Residency Coordinator

Receipt of satisfactory evaluations from all faculty members

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,949.00
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: Michael Meyer, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 904-475-6310
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Rena Cappelli
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Michael Meyer, OD, FAAO, Jacksonville VA Outpatient Clinic, 1536 N. Jefferson St, Jacksonville, FL 32209


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, non-disqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.

1. The candidate must receive an OD degree from an ACOE accredited College or School of Optometry prior to matriculation. 

2. The selection process will include all practicing optometrists in the facility. The same questions will be asked to each candidate. 

3. The candidates must submit a personal statement, curriculum vitae, official transcripts from optometry school, and board scores from NBEO Part 1, Part II/TMOD and Part III (when available) and at least 3 letters of reference (two from individuals who are familiar with the candidate's clinical skills). 

4. The Program Coordinator will select and rank the most qualified applicants with input from the other interviewers (practicing optometrists) at the facility. The names of the candidates will be submitted to ORMatch in agreement with their policies and deadlines.

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.

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 31st

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