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VA Manchester Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma, Retina
Program Site: VA Manchester
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Manchester VA Medical Center
718 Smyth Road
Manchester, New Hampshire 03104
Phone Number: 800-892-8384 x6675
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: 7/1999
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometry Residency program at the Manchester VA Medical Center is to produce optometrists with clinical expertise in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease. The resident will develop expertise in the management of patients with multiple, complex medical conditions within a multidisciplinary health care setting. This program will provide the opportunity for advanced clinical and didactic learning that residents can apply to clinical care in many health care settings.

Program Description:

Goal 1: 

The resident will be trained to provide advanced clinical experience in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease, including, but not limited to: glaucoma, diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, retinal vascular disease, cataract and anterior segment disease.

Goal 2: 

To develop the resident's ability to function as a member of a health care team through participation in a multidisciplinary setting that provides the opportunity for the resident to provide care to patients with multiple medical problems.

Goal 3: 

To provide advanced clinical training in the co-management of patients pre/post ocular surgery.

Goal 4:  

To provide the resident with didactic and clinical educational activities to enhance their knowledge and scholarly activity beyond entry level of the profession.

Goal 5:  

To develop the resident’s clinical and didactic teaching skills, the resident will participate in teaching of optometry interns and other health care providers in the medical center.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3 total - 2 paid positions and 1 without compensation (WOC) position
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Mon-Fri, 7:45 AM-5:30 PM, no on-call

Requirements for Completion:

The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a level satisfactory to those responsible for the supervision of the program. The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner in the delivery of patient care and to observe the properties of conduct and courtesies that are consistent with the rules and regulations governing each clinical facility at which the resident is assigned. The resident is required to keep a detailed log of all program activities,including patient care encounters, which will be reviewed by the Program Coordinator and the Director of Residencies The resident is required to write a paper suitable for publication in a refereed optometric journal. The resident will participate in periodic evaluation of resident, faculty and program performance. Upon evidence of satisfactory performance, the resident will be awarded a Certificate of Completion by the New England College of Optometry.

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,043
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: Nadia Zalatimo, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 800-892-8384 x6675
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Application instructions can be found at ORMatch

All candidates must complete the National Matching Services application:  The deadline for submission is January 31, 2022.

A cover letter, CV, NBEO scores and three letters of recommendation are required. Letters should be from faculty members or preceptors the applicant has worked with in the clinical setting. Official transcripts from the school/college of optometry are required. A personal interview, virtual or in-person, is strongly encouraged. The Department of Veterans Affairs evaluates applicants without regard to gender, race, color, creed, age, or national origin.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must hold an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of Optometry prior to beginning the program.

Applicants must have successfully completed Parts I, II, II and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry prior to the start of the program

All candidates must complete the National Matching Services application:  The deadline for submission is January 31.

United States citizenship is required to quality for a paid VA Optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations.  

 Applicants are expected to seek state licensure prior to the start of the residency.

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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