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VA Lowell Outpatient Clinic Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Lowell Outpatient Clinic (VA Boston HealthCare System)
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Optometry
130 Marshall Road
Lowell, Massachusetts 01852
Phone Number: 978-671-9125
Fax Number: 978-671-9095
Email: Emily.Carell@va.gov
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO


Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL: https://www.neco.edu/academics/residency/residencies

Program Description

Date Program Established: 01/2021
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To cultivate the growth of the optometric resident through patient care of our Veteran population with advanced ocular and systemic disease in an outpatient setting. Through one on one mentorship, the resident will develop the skills of evidence-based ocular disease treatment and management and demonstrate the role of optometry working alongside other medical providers, while engaging in didactic activities to start a career of exceptional patient care and life long learning.


Program Description:

The VA Boston Healthcare System encompasses three main medical centers and five outpatient clinics.  The Lowell Community Based Outpatient Clinic services Veterans primarily from northeastern Massachusetts and southern New Hampshire and is the only outpatient clinic with optometric services. There are two full-time optometrists on site. The resident will be a part of the clinical team as they work amidst primary care and other services to perform cohesive patient care. Dedicated time is allotted for the resident to rotate through different services within the clinic. The didactic components of this program will include literature review, informal case reports and a written case report. Additionally, they will be required to submit an abstract to the American Academy of Optometry and present at the NECO residency conference at the end of the year. Teaching opportunities will be available with the optometry students on site as well as through NECO.


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

Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM


Requirements for Completion:

  • The resident is required to attend all scheduled clinic sessions while maintaining appropriate clinic conduct and attention to infection control rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and The New England College of Optometry.

  • The resident must deliver patient care at a level acceptable to the program coordinator. 

  • The resident is required to maintain the provided patient log to document all patient encounters.

  • The resident is required to keep an activity log of supplemental non-clinical actions.

  • The resident is required to complete all activities detailed above.

  • The resident is to complete a manuscript for publication.

  • The resident will complete and review periodic evaluations in a timely manner.


Program Salary/Stipend: $39,043
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Vacation

Paid Sick Leave

Other:
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Emily Carell, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 978-671-9125
Fax: 978-671-9095
E-mail Address: Emily.Carell@va.gov
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
Telephone:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  1. 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.

  2. Applicants must have earned an OD degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry by the time of entry into residency.

  3. Applicants must have taken and passed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry prior to the completion of the residency program.

  4. All resident candidates must apply through the National Matching Services application at www.natmatch.com/ormatch. The deadline for submission will be January 31,2022.

  5. Applications must include the following:

    • Cover letter

    • Curriculum vitae

    • NBEO scores (when available)

    • Official optometry school transcript

    • 3 letters of recommendation



  6. Interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates either face to face or remotely at the discretion of the program coordinator.


Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

All resident candidates must apply through the National Matching Services application at www.natmatch.com/ormatch. The deadline for submission will be January 31, 2022.  Interviews will be arranged for qualified candidates either face to face or remotely at the discretion of the program coordinator.


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 31, 2022

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