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VA Bedford Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry
Program Site: VA Bedford
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Edith Nourse Rogers Memorial Veterans Hospital
200 Springs Road
Bedford, Massachusetts
Phone Number: 781-687-2538
Fax Number: 781-687-2753
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: 7/1983
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To provide unique advanced training as a primary eye care optometry provider to our veteran population, in a multidisciplinary health care setting, through interaction with experienced optometric and medical providers. Considerable emphasis will be placed on primary eye care and ocular disease in a VA population. Comprehensive training will be provided to the residents who will develop into a highly skilled clinician, able to diagnose, treat, and manage ocular disease and ocular manifestations of systemic disease, markedly surpassing the level of a one-year post graduate optometrist.

Program Description:

The residents will provide full scope primary eye care/ocular disease services to both inpatient and outpatient veterans. While the majority of patients are outpatients and do not live at the VA, the residents will have the opportunity to participate in the care of in-house nursing home patients, in-house psychiatric patients, and patients from urgent care being sent to the eye clinic as walk-ins.

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

8:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday. Residents will not be required to be on-call during non-clinic hours.

Requirements for Completion:

To successfully complete the residency program, each resident must satisfy all of the following criteria: 

  • All the goals and the objectives of the program must be met

  • Must fulfill all the clinical and administrative responsibilities within the clinic as outlined in the orientation package.

  • Demonstrate sound clinical skills in all areas of optometry: observation, diagnosis, treatment, and management. The performance of each resident will be evaluated periodically.

  • The residents will participate as lab monitors and/or tutors through The New England College of Optometry.

  • The residents will eventually take on the responsibility of precepting optometry externs

  • Attend all conferences and/ or educational meetings affiliated with the program and/or when requested by the supervisor

  • Maintain a log of all patient encounters and monthly monitors

  • Maintain a log of all scholarly activities

  • Present a lecture during grand rounds to the medical staff

  • Presentation at The New England College of Optometry with corresponding paper of publishable quality

Program Salary/Stipend: $38,789
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: Anna DeNardo, O.D., Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 781-687-2538
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

*All residents must complete the ORMatch application at *A personal interview is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

  • Application Packet must include the following:

    • Letter of Intent

    • Resume

    • Official copy of NBEO scores

    • Official copy of optometry school transcript

    • 3 letters of recommendation: from faculty in a clinical setting


    • All Department of Veterans affairs policies with regard to discrimination are followed in the selection process.  No preference or exclusion will be given to any candidate based on gender, race, color, creed, age, or national origin.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*Applicants must have earned an O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry prior entering the program. *The candidate must be a U.S. citizen. *Applicants must have taken and passed the TMOD and Basic and Clinical Science portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO) and furnish official copies of the results prior to completing the residency. *All residents must complete the ORMatch application at *A personal interview is strongly recommended but not mandatory.

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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