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Residency in Primary Care with an emphasis in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Bradenton VA Outpatient Clinic
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 5520 State Rd 64
Suite 101
Bradenton, Florida 34208
Phone Number: 954-721-0649 x23311
Fax Number: 941-749-3850
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Mariem Abdou, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2021
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Bradenton VA Community Based Outpatient Clinic in Bradenton, Florida, sponsored by Nova Southeastern University College of Optometry, offers a one year  optometric  residency in primary eye care with an emphasis in ocular disease. The mission of the program is to provide qualified optometry post-graduates didactic and clinical training that will further develop and enhance skills in primary care and ocular disease. Individuals completing the program will be able to deliver an advanced level of optometric care in a clinical  setting, participate in co-management and multidisciplinary practices, and/or serve as clinical instructors at schools of optometry, or teaching institutions.

Program Description:

The Primary Care with an Emphasis in Ocular Disease Residency is a one year salaried program that typically begins around July 1st and ends June 30th the following year. New employee orientation is completed online prior to July. The resident will be required to work 40 hours per week, 52 weeks a year, excluding federal holidays, authorized  absence,  annual and sick leave. The tour of duty is 7:30-4:00 Mon-Fri with Friday morning lectures. There are no after hours responsibilities. The resident’s primary duty will be to provide comprehensive optometry care to patients of the Bradenton VA Eye Clinic. The level of care that is provided by the resident is dependent upon the scope of practice authorized by the resident’s and attending physician’s state license, as well as the level of clinical competence exhibited by the resident. Additional duties include supervising and instructing optometry externs, attending a variety of educational lectures, both at the VA and local optometric society, and writing a paper of publishable quality. Dr. Katherine Dunatov serves  as the Residency Program Coordinator and holds faculty appointments with Nova Southeastern University, and Western University College of Optometry.

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 will be required to work 40 hours/week, 52 weeks a year, excluding federal holidays, authorized absence, annual and sick leave. The resident tour of duty is 7:30 – 4:00 Monday-Friday. There are no on-call after hour responsibilities. The resident will spend one half day bimonthly working with an off-site retina specialist. Weekly education meetings will be held on Fridays from 8-9am in the Bradenton Clinic.

Requirements for Completion:

Satisfactory completion of the residency program requires the following:

• Attendance at all scheduled clinics, lectures and/or seminars

• Preparation and delivery of all clinical, didactic, and scholarship assignments

• Attend and actively participate in journal reviews

• Receipt of overall satisfactory evaluation from all residency supervisors

• Prepare a manuscript of publishable quality

• Submit all clinical, didactic, and scholarship logs as requested

The resident will receive a certificate of completion signed by the Residency Program Coordinator, Director of Residency Programs, and Dean of the College.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,063.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Katherine Dunatov, Program Coordinator
Telephone: 954-721-0649 x23311
Fax: 941-749-3850
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

• Candidates must register with the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMS) by submitting a completed application

• CV, official transcripts, and a brief statement detailing desire to complete a residency are sent to Program Coordinator

• Minimum of 3 letters of recommendation to be sent directly from the reference to the Program Coordinator

• By law, candidates must be citizens of the United States.

• Complete an in-person interview

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The following credentials are required to apply for the resident program:

• Candidates must possess an O.D. degree from an ACOE-accredited institution or be in their final year of training at such an institution.

• Candidates must have passed Part I of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) examination and either have passed part II or be scheduled to sit for Part II of the examination at the time of application.

• Candidates should have a grade point average greater than 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.

• By law, candidates must be citizens of the United States.

• Candidates must be eligible for licensure as an optometrist in the State of Florida and must obtain licensure in Florida or another state of their choice.

**Current CPR certification is required prior to start of the residency program.**

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

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