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Program Title: Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
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:

Douglas Hoffman, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: February 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2008
Accreditation Status: Accredited
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: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 hours / wk. There are no on-call duties.

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: $34,888
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 Robichaud, Attending, Optometry Section
Telephone: 207-623-8411 x 2672
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

A letter of interest, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation and interview are required. Candidates must apply through ORMatch at

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens, have passed Parts I & II of the NBEO examinations, and have received a Doctor of Optometry degree from an ACOE accredited School or College of Optometry by July 1 of the residency year. A letter of interest, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation, and interview are factors considered for selection.

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 15

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