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Ocular Disease/Primary Care Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Anterior Segment, Retina
Program Site: John D. Dingell VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 4646 John R Street

Detroit, Michigan 48201
Phone Number: 313-576-1000 Ext. 65742
Fax Number: 313-576-1827
Affiliation: Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University
Director of Residency Education:

Alison Jenerou, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 14
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2006
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The hospital-based optometry residency at John D. Dingell VAMC 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. This residency will equip the resident with the necessary tools for lifelong learning, thereby enabling advanced-level competency throughout his or her professional career. The residency will provide the professional and clinical foundation for the resident's future contributions to the profession of optometry, and provides extensive experience in the interdisciplinary clinical care of patients with systemic health problems. The residency serves to sharpen the management skills of the post-graduate optometrist in dealing with specific ocular diseases. The program offers the opportunity for scholarly pursuits, including student teaching, clinical research, and oral and written presentations.

Program Description:

This residency provides a highly concentrated, advanced clinical experience in specific areas while under the direct supervision of a qualified clinical educator. These specific problem areas include ocular disease diagnosis and management, and visual rehabilitation. This program provides extensive experience in the interdisciplinary clinical care of patients with systemic health problems. Services include comprehensive primary health care, substance abuse treatment, surgical care and treatment, psychiatric care and more. Scholarly pursuits will include student teaching, clinical research, and oral and written presentations.

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

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday

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: $38,502
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: Jaime Zadoff, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 313-576-1000 Ext. 65742
Fax: 313-576-1827
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 14

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