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VA Providence Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Providence
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic
623 Atwells Avenue
Providence, Rhode Island 02909
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Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2010
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This residency exists to provide post-graduate optometrists with opportunities to:

1. Enhance their clinical training as primary eye care providers in the outpatient clinic setting beyond the entry level of the evolving practice of optometry. This experience will prepare them to provide excellent eye care to the veteran patients that they serve as well as provide clinical experience that can be carried beyond the residency year to other health care settings.

2. Actively participate in advanced clinical and didactic education in a multidisciplinary setting in the areas of primary care, ocular disease, low vision and systemic disease. This includes direct patient care in both optometry and ophthalmology clinics, instruction of optometry trainees, interaction with other health care providers, and participation in didactic education as well as other scholarly activities.

Program Description:

The resident will be exposed to all areas of ocular disease and will work closely with Ophthalmology as well as Optometry. The majority of all ocular treatment and surgeries are done at the facility. The primary emphasis for the resident is direct patient care, but the resident will also be required to precept third and fourth year optometry students. The resident will also be involved in weekly grand rounds with Optometry and Ophthalmology and will be required to present topics to optometry students monthly. A paper of publishable quality is required before the completion of the program as well as attendance at all residency conferences at the New England College of Optometry.

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

The resident's hours are 8:00am to 5:30pm Monday through Friday, though it may be required to be present in the clinic until a later time on occasion. There are no on call hours. 

Requirements for Completion:

1. Fulfilling the goals and objectives outlined by the residency program

2. The completion of all patient and activity logs in a timely manner

3. To complete all required evaluations in a timely manner

4. Submit a manuscript of publishable quality by the end of the residency year

5. To attend all formal NECO residency conferences

6. To complete and execute two Continuing Education courses at the Providence VA

7. To always display professional conduct as outlined in orientation materials and adherence to VA policies and procedures

8. Demonstrate competency and properly manage patients with a large diversity of clinical conditions while in the service of both optometry and ophthalmology departments    

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,550
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Amanda Hunter, Program Co-Coordinator
Telephone: 401-273-7100 x1504
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Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Claire Messina, Program Co-Coordinator
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

  1. Applicants must hold an O.D. degree or expected to obtain an O.D. degree from and AOA/ACOE accredited school or college of Optometry prior to beginning the program.

  2. Applicants much have successfully completed Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and furnish official copies of the results (pending COVID guidelines).

  3. Applicants are expected to seek state licensure prior to beginning the residency.

  4. Must be a United States Citizen.

  5. A personal interview is strongly encouraged – virtual may be substituted during COVID

  6. Applicants must apply via the National Matching Services application  Application deadline is January 31.

  7. Three letters of recommendation are required. These should be from faculty members or preceptors the applicant has worked with in the clinical setting.

  8. Applicants must also provide a letter of intent and CV

  9. Official transcripts from the school or college of optometry are required.

  10. The Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates applicants without regard to gender, race, color, creed, age or national origin.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Graduation from an ACOE accredited college of Optometry, Official Optometry School Transcript, Passage of NBEO I, II, III and TMOD, Curriculum Vitae, Letter of Intent, Three letters of recommendation, A personal interview is strongly encouraged – virtual may be substituted during COVID.

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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