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Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Geriatric Optometry, Retina
Program Site: Wyoming VA Health Care Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 5838 Metro Way SW

Wyoming, Michigan 49519
Phone Number: (616)249-5300 ext 30393
Fax Number: 616-249-5331
Email: Jordan.Kuipers2@va.gov
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.


Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL: http://ferris.edu/HTMLS/colleges/michopt/Residency-Programs/Grand-Rapids-VA-Residency-in-Ocular-Disease.htm

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2008
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The optometric residency in ocular disease at the Wyoming VA Health Care Center will provide post-doctoral clinical education resulting in advanced competency in medical optometry. The residency will provide the challenging cases and attending expertise needed to help develop the resident into an ocular disease specialist. An interdisciplinary approach for providing care for patients with systemic disease and ocular complications will be emphasized. Furthermore, the residency will promote scholarly activities through the teaching of interns, research, and oral presentations to develop the resident into a leader for the optometric profession.


Program Description:

This residency will provide post-doctoral clinical education resulting in advanced competency in medical optometry. The program will provide the challenging cases and attending expertise needed to help develop the resident into an ocular disease specialist. An interdisciplinary approach for providing care for patients with systemic disease and ocular complications will be emphasized. The residency will also promote scholarly activities through the teaching of interns, research and oral presentations to develop the resident into a leader for the optometric profession.


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

The resident work week averages 40 hours. The majority of time will be devoted to direct clinical care at the Wyoming VA Health Care Clinic. Opportunities will exist to rotate through several subspecialist offices in the Grand Rapids and several hours per month will be devoted to Ocular Disease Grand Rounds and continuing medical education.


Requirements for Completion:

The residency encourages scholarly activities. Clinical instruction of externs and oral presentations to peer audiences is expected. The resident is also expected to complete a manuscript of publishable quality or present a scientific poster (or equivalent) at the American Academy of Optometry (or other approved venue) prior to the end of the residency year. All program-specific completion requirements must be met, along with attendance requirements, satisfactory clinical and professional achievements, and the completion of all periodic written evaluations.


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

Professional Liability Insurance

Travel Allowance

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jordan Kuipers, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: (616)249-5300 ext 30393
Fax: 616-249-5331
E-mail Address: Jordan.Kuipers2@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Apply through ORMatch by the ORMatch published deadline. https://natmatch.com/ormatch/


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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