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Program Title: Ocular Disease/Primary Care Residency
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Northern Indiana Health Care System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic 112B
2121 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, Indiana 46805
Phone Number: 260-460-1442
Fax Number: 260-421-1823
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2002
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The optometry residency at the VA Northern Indiana Health Care System will provide post doctorate clinical experiences resulting in advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of a wide variety of ocular conditions, with a special emphasis on ocular disease. The residency will equip the resident with the necessary tools for life-long learning, thereby enabling continued advanced level competency throughout his or her professional career. Furthermore, the residency will highlight the trainee's responsibility for future contributions to the profession of optometry.

Program Description:

This residency program provides experiences resulting in advanced competency in the evaluation, treatment and management of a wide variety of ocular conditions, with a special emphasis on ocular disease. Additionally, the program equips the resident with the necessary tools for lifelong learning, thereby enabling continued advanced-level competency throughout his or her professional career.  This training is provided through a combination of lectures, journal clubs, supervised patient care, hands-on procedural experience and independent study. The learning environment is enhanced by a large number of patient encounters, knowledgeable and enthusiastic faculty, and state-of-the-art facilities and equipment. The program provides a solid foundation for further training or a career in clinical practice, research or academic optometry. Additionally, residents completing the program are thoroughly prepared to sit for the National Board of Examiners in Optometry's Advanced Competence in Medical Optometry (ACMO) Examination.

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

A minimum of 40 hours per week is required. The majority of the time is spent providing direct patient care in the outpatient setting. Also included in the schedule are weekly optometry conferences, time for research and development, surgical observation, and instruction of fourth-year optometry students.  Additional time beyond assigned hours will be necessary for purposes of charting, patient follow-up, independent study and scholarly activities.  Residents do not officially take call, but are occasionally called upon to provide after-hours urgent care in consultation with attending staff.    

Requirements for Completion:

Serve as a resident for the entire 12 month program (or the equivalent)

Complete a manuscript of publishable quality OR present a scientific poster or grand rounds presentation (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other similar approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year

Maintain patient and activity logs in a timely and accurate manner

Provide periodic self-assessment and summary reports

Actively participate in didactic activities including conference, journal club, and lectures/case presentations

Prior to the end of the residency year, present a lecture or case presentation to students, staff and/or colleagues at Michigan College of Optometry’s Residency Day (or other similar approved venue)

Log at least 1700 patient encounters by the end of the residency year

Demonstrate overall “satisfactory” or better clinical performance throughout the residency year

Residents are also expected to precept 4th year optometry students (last 6 months) and abide by Medical Center policies at all times. 

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,148 annual stipend paid biweekly
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: Sara Schamerloh, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 260-460-1442
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Register with ORMatch by the ORMatch published deadline:

2. Submit MCO Supplemental Application form and supporting documents to program supervisor by February 1

3. Arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to program supervisor by February 1 (Late applications will be reviewed on an individual basis and acceptance is at the discretion of the program supervisor)

4. Interview (in-person or telephone) is required

5. Submit materials to: Sara Schamerloh, OD, FAAO, Program Supervisor Eye Clinic 112B VA Northern Indiana Health Care System 2121 Lake Avenue Fort Wayne, IN 46805 or:

6. Detailed program specific information may be found on the MCO website:

7. Submit the “Applicant’s Ranking of Programs” to ORMatch on or before the deadline published on the ORMatch website

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The VA is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and adheres to Federal nondiscrimination laws (Executive Order 13160) and VHA policies that prohibit discrimination in federally conducted training programs (VHA Directive 1018, May 20, 2013).

Applicants must have earned an OD degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry by the start of the program.

It is expected that the resident will have passed the requisite NBEO exams prior to the start of the program and will obtain state licensure (any state) within 1 month of the start of the program.

Resident selections are made by the program’s residency faculty and are based on clinical skill, aptitude, knowledge base, and personal attributes as determined by the interview, recommendation letters and review of application materials.

ORMatch results are released to the candidate and program supervisor by the date specified on the ORMatch website. 

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 1

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