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Program Title: Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA Boston Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Boston Healthcare System-Advanced Low Vision Clinic B8-52
150 South Huntington Avenue
Boston, Massachusetts 02130
Phone Number: 857-364-5543
Fax Number: 857-364-6094
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Douglas Hoffman, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 7/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation is to provide comprehensive training in the delivery of highest quality, compassionate Primary Eye Care and Vision Rehabilitation services in a hospital-based environment. The Residency will provide advanced clinical training and opportunities for clinical teaching, educational activities, and didactic learning to cultivate understanding and proficiency in providing full-scope primary eye care and tertiary low vision care.

Program Description:

The Optometric Residency in Primary Eye Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation provides training for advanced competency in primary eye care and low vision rehabilitation in a hospital-based outpatient setting. The resident's schedule includes weekly participation in primary eye care, low vision, and optometry/traumatic brain injury clinics, with rotations through other specialty clinics to help support the mission, goals, and objectives of the program. Objectives include expertise in the diagnosis and management of a large variety of clinical conditions including anterior and posterior segment diseases and acquired brain injury. The resident will gain facility in evaluating and managing the needs of visually impaired and legally blind patients as part of an interdisciplinary team. In addition, the resident will participate in didactic and scholarly activities to foster critical thinking and encourage scholastic contributions and lifelong learning; these include presenting at local and/or national meetings, clinical precepting, and classroom teaching.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: one
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The resident is responsible for 40 duty hours per week. Regular clinic hours are M-F 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, excepting emergencies. There are no on-call duties.

Requirements for Completion:

Deliver patient care services in both the primary care optometry clinic and the low vision rehabilitation clinic at a level deemed satisfactory by the clinical supervisors, and consistent with the rules and regulations governing the Department of Veterans Affairs and the New England College of Optometry (NECO). Maintain a detailed and accurate log of all patient care encounters. Complete all didactic and non-clinical activities, including all formal NECO residency conferences. Complete a publishable quality paper. Complete all NECO program and preceptor evaluations and surveys as required. A certificate of completion from the New England College of Optometry and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be presented upon completion.

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,500
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Jennifer Gustafson, O.D., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 857-364-5543
Fax: 857-364-6094
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1) Official transcript of NBEO scores 2) A brief statement of interest detailing your desire to complete a residency 3) Curriculum vitae 4) Three letters of recommendation 5) Official transcripts of optometric education 6) Complete an application through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) system For more information please contact: Dr. Jennifer Gustafson, Program Coordinator VA Boston Healthcare System Optometry, Advanced Low VIsion Clinic B8-52, 150 South Huntington Avenue Jamaica Plain, MA 02130 Phone: 857-364-5543 FAX: 857-364-6049

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants for VA-funded positions must be U.S. citizens, have passed Parts I and II of the NBEO examinations (including TMOD), and have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education by July 1 of the residency year. A letter of interest, curriculum vitae, official transcripts, NBEO scores, three letters of recommendation, and on-site interviews are considered for selection. Applications for the 2019-2020 residency year should be submitted through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) system. Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain state licensure. The selection process for candidates considers all aspects of each application. While academic performance is heavily emphasized, additional consideration is given to candidates who demonstrate strong character, interpersonal skills, professionalism, and integrity. The program adheres to the Department of Veterans Affairs non-discrimination policy. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply.

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

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