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Ocular Disease/Primary Care Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
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

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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: 1 year
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 1500 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: $35,152 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: Aaron Case, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 260-460-1442
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch by the ORMatch published deadline.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Applicants must have an O.D. degree from a school or college of optometry that is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education by the start of the residency program.

  • The applicant must apply through ORMatch.

  • After the application materials are received by the Residency Supervisor through ORMatch, the applicant will be contacted for an interview.

  • Residents are chosen by a residency committee based on credentials and the interview. Applicants will be evaluated without regard to race, gender, creed, national origin or disabilities.

  • Prior to completion of the residency, it is expected that the applicant will have passed the National Board Exam and will obtain state licensure.

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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