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Program Title: Primary Eye Care/ Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA White River Junction
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic: Mail Code 112/ Desk 100
215 North Main St
White River Junction, Vermont 05009
Phone Number: 802-295-9363 ext. 6568
Fax Number:
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: 7/2003
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This program will provide optometry residents with a comprehensive, clinical experience by immersing them in the care and management of Veteran patients with multiple, complex ocular and ocular-systemic conditions.  The residents will learn to function effectively in a multi-disciplinary hospital setting.   The program will cultivate the motivation for lifelong learning through didactic and scholarly activities.  Ultimately, the program will provide the residents with the experience, knowledge and skills necessary to develop advanced competency in eye, vision, and health care.

This program shall be of such excellence as to merit accreditation by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) of the American Optometric Association (AOA).

Program Description:
Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 3
Program Starting Date: July 1
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Duty hours are Monday through Friday 8:00a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The resident will cover pager duty for a minimum of 6 weeks of On-call hours which will be in addition to regular duty hours. Specific call hours are determined by the clinic schedule and managed by the resident.

Requirements for Completion:

1.The resident must complete the goals and objectives of the program. 2. The resident must complete 12 months of clinical training and a minimum of 1200 patient encounters. These 1200 encounters will include 600 encounters involving ocular and/or systemic disease and at least 10 in-patient encounters.  Clinical duties will include 6 weeks of on call duty for each resident. 3. The resident must obtain an optometric license by December 31 of the residency year. 4. The resident is required to deliver patient care services at a level commensurate with the standard of care and satisfactory to those responsible for the supervision of the residency program. 5. The resident is expected to perform in a professional manner consistent with the Code of Ethics of the American Optometric Association. 6. The resident is required to write a paper of publishable quality and to meet the associated deadlines 7. The resident is required to present 6 lectures during journal club. .

8. The resident is required to complete accurate logs:

a.Resident Patient Log

b.Resident Activity Log

9. The resident is required to complete all evaluations:

a. Self-assessment-initial and final

b. Evaluations of Residency Program

c. Evaluations of Residency Supervisor

d. Evaluations of Clinical Supervisors

e. Exit survey

10. The resident must attend 2 professional optometric meetings and log 20 hours of continuing education. 

11. The resident must attend all four NECO conferences and complete all associated conference assignments in a timely fashion. 

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: Richard Frick, O.D., Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 802-295-9363 x6568
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Applicants must have completed the Doctor of Optometry degree (O.D.) from an AOA/ACOE accredited school by the time residency starts.

2. Applicants must complete and pass Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry.

3. Applicants must seek licensure in any state of the US, and must obtain licensure as soon as possible.

4. A personal interview is strongly encouraged.

5. Applicants must apply via the OR MATCH National Matching Services, Inc. (Optometry Residency Matching Services). Follow the application guidelines at

6. Deadline for applications is January 31st every year.

7. The Department of Veterans Affairs does not discriminate based on gender, age, race, religion, sexual orientation, or disability. United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position that is funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations.

8. All candidates must submit these items:

a. Letter of intent

b. Curriculum vitae

c. NBEO scores

d. Official optometry school transcript

e. 3 letters of recommendation from clinical preceptors

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:
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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