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Program Title: Ocular Disease/Low VIsion Rehabilitation
Program Type: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA West Haven
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VA Connecticut Healthcare System-West Haven Campus
950 Campbell Avenue
West Haven, Connecticut
Phone Number: (203) 932-5711 x 2760
Fax Number:
Affiliation: New England College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Douglas Hoffman, O.D.

Program Application Deadline: January 30
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 7/1980
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation, affiliated with the New England College of Optometry, provides an intensive program dedicated to post-graduate experience in comprehensive eye care. It emphasizes both full-scope primary optometric care, ocular disease specialty care and tertiary low vision optometric care. Presented are clinical, educational and research opportunities which reflect these disciplines and which reflect the profession of optometry in a broad sense.

Program Description:

The residency program at West Haven includes extensive and full optometric education. Each resident spends 50% of his/her time in Primary Care/Hospital-Based and 50% of his/her time in Low Vision/Rehabilitation. The Primary Care Optometry exposure is full and considerable. Patient care includes: full and extensive therapeutic pharmaceutical privileges; detection of a variety of anterior and posterior segment disorders; treatment of these disorders; supplemental testing (i.e. A- and B- scan ultrasonography, digital fundus photography, digital anterior segment photography, pachymetry, some involvement with fluorescein angiography, ophthalmodynamometry, dilation and irrigation of the lacrimal system, OCT); the ability to order extensive lab tests and radiology studies (i.e. X-rays, CT scans, MRI's, carotid duplex scans); treatment of binocular vision. In addition, the residents meet with me weekly for a Primary Care Optometry Grand Rounds to discuss topics, case reports, journal articles, slides, and supplemental testing techniques. The resident will rotate through and present patients in Yale Ophthalmology's Retina Clinic, Cornea Clinic, Glaucoma Clinic, and Oculoplastics Clinic, all of which are held here at the VA. At Yale itself, the residents will attend Ophthalmology's Grand Rounds at least twice monthly in addition to a number of other lectures and presentations. In addition, there are monthly joint educational VA Optometry Grand Rounds. The resident is also expected to complete a publishable quality paper and to deliver a lecture at The New England College of Optometry at year's end. There are other opportunities and programs which develop during the year, such as rotating through other medical clinics in the hospital and submitting poster abstract to major optometric meetings such the AAO (minimum of one poster abstract submission as a requirement). Low Vision Optometry exposure is provided in the Eastern Blind Rehabilitation Center (also here at the VA). The Rehabilitation clinic also includes a Traumatic Brain Injury and Acquired Brain Injury Clinic. The Blind Center provides a unique learning experience in that the legally blind veterans who are examined here are "in-patients" (i.e. they reside in the hospital for a period of approximately six weeks while receiving optometric care, orientation and mobility training, low vision instruction, and living skills instruction. These veterans are referred here from throughout the Northeast and mid-Atlantic states to participate in this program. The fact that these patients live here during their stay allows the resident to spend considerable time with the patient and analyze the successes or failures of his/her recommendations. A resident attends weekly grand rounds to discuss case reports, special topics, low vision devices, and testing techniques. The residents are always presented with the most recent low vision devices. There is a great deal of interaction with other health care professionals in the Blind Center and in the hospital itself.

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

The resident works 40 hours/week; there are no on-call responsibilities.

Requirements for Completion:

1.Patient care delivery in both the primary care/ocular disease optometry clinic and the low vision rehabilitation optometry clinic at a level deemed satisfactory by the clinical supervisors. This level is determined by Optometric Standards of Care and by Quality Assurance criteria. 2.A detailed patient log detailing each patient encounter. 3.A complete activity log of all didactic and non-clinical activities 4.Successful completion of lecture assignments. 5.Successful completion of a publishable quality clinical paper and year-end lecture at the New England College of Optometry. 6.Appropriate conduct and patient consideration as outlined in the VA Connecticut by-laws. 7.A certificate of completion from the New England College of Optometry and the Department of Veterans Affairs will be presented at year's end.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,230
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: Nancy Shenouda-Awad, Residency Program Supervisor
Telephone: (203) 932-5711 x 2760
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Theresa Zerilli, Residency Program Co-Supervisor
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1.An O.D. degree from an accredited school or college of optometry. 2.Successful completion of the Basic and Clinical Sciences portions of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry as well as the TMOD; an official transcript is required. 3.A curriculum vitae. 4.Official transcripts of optometric education. 5.A brief statement detailing your desire to complete a residency 6.Three letters of recommendation. 7.Application form, further instructions, and complete information about the application process must be sought through the ORMatch at 8.Application deadline is January 31 of each year. 9.Matching deadline is around March 1 of each year 10.An on-site interview is not required, but is highly recommended. Note: Applicants must be US citizens

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 30

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