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VA Maine Healthcare System Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: VA Maine Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Maine HCS - Togus VAMC
VA Maine - Bangor CBOC
Augusta and Bangor, Maine
Phone Number: 207-623-8411 x4381
Fax Number:
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Nicole Quinn, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31, 2022
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2008
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease is to provide advanced clinical training in ocular disease, primary care and systemic disease for post-graduate optometrists. Upon completion of the program, residents are prepared to pursue professional opportunities that require a high level of clinical expertise. The resident provides care to a complex patient population, enhances didactic skills and completes scholarly activities.

Program Description:

The resident provides direct care to a large number of patients as a member of an interdisciplinary, hospital-based health care team. A wide variety of learning opportunities inside and outside the clinical setting allow the resident to participate in scholarly pursuits each week. The program enhances the clinical and didactic instructional skills of the resident through preceptorship and lecturing to both professional and public audiences. The residency year is divided between the Togus VA Medical Center (MC) and the Bangor Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC); each site provides a unique experience for the resident.

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

The residency year is split between the Togus VA Medical Center and the Bangor Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). Both clinics are open Monday through Friday 7:00 am to 5:30 pm. Residents are expected to perform program related activities between 40 to 50 hours per week on a 10 hour day, 4 days per week, tour of duty.

Requirements for Completion:

Demonstration of advanced clinical competency.

Satisfactory or better performance on periodic formal reviews

Completion of patient and activity logs.

Completion of a manuscript of publishable quality related to the resident's experience in the program

Completion of all required NECO evaluations.

Attendance at all NECO Residency Conferences.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,063
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: Laura Dowd, O.D., Attending, Optometry Section
Telephone: 207-623-8411 x 4381
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Jennifer Sprague, Attending, Optometry Section
Telephone: 207-623-8411 x 2672
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation are required. A personal interview is strongly encouraged.

Candidates must apply through ORMatch.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

  • Each candidate must complete an ORMatch (Optometry Residency Match) application at  The deadline for ORMatch is January 31, 2022.

•      Candidates must submit the following to ORMatch (See below): 

  1. letter of interest

  2. curriculum vitae

  3. official copy of NBEO scores

  4. official copy of optometry school transcript

  5. 3 letters of recommendation

  • The candidate must be a citizen of the United States. 

  • A personal interview is strongly encouraged 

  • Prior to beginning the program the successful candidate must: 

  1. hold an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry 

  2. have successfully completed the TMOD and Basic and Clinical Science portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry. 

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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