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VA CT Healthcare System-Newington Campus Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Program Site: VA CT Healthcare System-Newington campus
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic
555 Willard Ave.
Newington, Connecticut 06111
Phone Number: 860.667.6742
Fax Number:
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: 7/1978
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 experience 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 particularly in the areas of optometric management of ocular disease. This includes direct patient care, instruction of optometry trainees, rotations to other clinics within the VA Connecticut Health Care System, interaction with other health care providers and participation in didactic education as well as other scholarly activities.

Program Description:

This position is designed to develop and enhance clinical and management skills of the optometrist beyond the entry level position. The optometric resident will be responsible for providing high quality primary and secondary eye care services to veterans in a hospital based environment. High emphasize on management of ocular disease including; diabetic retinopathy, ARMD and Glaucoma. Other duties will include: supervision and education of fourth- year optometric externs and participation in didactic and clinical education.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident's hours are 8:00 am to 4:30 pm Monday through Friday. There are no on call hours.

Requirements for Completion:

Fulfilling the goals and objectives of the program are required to successfully complete the program. In addition, a log of all patients examined is required and will be reviewed by the Program Director at regular intervals. Residents must also keep an activity log in which they list activities they participated in throughout the year including; rotations to other clinics within the hospital, conferences attended and presentations given during morning lectures and grand rounds meetings. Professional conduct as outlined in orientation materials and adherence to DVA policies and procedures are also required to complete the program. Evaluations are conducted at 3, 6 and 12 months. A certificate of completion is awarded by the New England College of Optometry when all requirements are met and the resident has completed the program year.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,771
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Michael Kelleman, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 860.667.6742
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Michael Kelleman, O.D., Residency Program Co-Director
Telephone: 860.667.6742
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

The application process is through the ORMatch.  Prospective candidates need to submit a completed ORMatch application. Once an ORMatch application is received by the director, the prospective candidate is contacted and invited for a site visit and interview. During the interview, a detailed description of the program and requirements are discussed. The candidate is given a tour of the facility and also meets with the current residents for an informal question and answer session. The candidate is interviewed by the program director, assistant director and at least one other attending optometrist. After all candidates are interviewed the program director and assistant director meet to discuss the merits of each based on grades, letters of recommendation, NBEO scores, and the interview. Candidates are then ranked and the ranking form sent to ORMatch for the residency match. Simultaneously, the candidates independently submit a list of preferred programs to ORMatch.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Requirements

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

2. Applicants much have successfully completed Parts I, II, II and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry and furnish official copies of the results prior to the start of the program.

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

4. Applicant must be a United States Citizen.

5. A personal interview is strongly encouraged, though virtual interviews will be accommodated due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

6. Applicants must apply via the Optometric Residency Matching Services,Inc. (ORMatch)

7. Application deadline is January 31 of each year.

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

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.


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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