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Program Title: Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease
Program Type: Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Thomas E. Creek VAMC
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Thomas E. Creek VA Medical Center
6010 Amarillo Blvd West
Amarillo, Texas 79106
Phone Number: (806) 355-9703 ext. 7678
Fax Number: (806) 356-3735
Affiliation: Northeastern State University - Oklahoma College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Tara D. Brown, OD

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

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

The mission of the Residency in Primary Eye Care is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise.

Program Description:

The resident works as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing patient care. At the VAMC programs, the patient population is primarily geriatric. The resident will spend time at the Thomas E. Creek Primary Eye Care center and also the Oklahoma College of Optometry and the Chester Pheiffer Optometry Clinic at Cherokee Nation W.W. Hastings Hospital in Tahlequah. These clinics provide exposure to a diverse patient population. Opportunities exist for you to become involved in teaching optometry students, optometrists, and other health professionals.

Program Length: Twelve months
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

The Thomas E. Creek VA Eye Clinic, Amarillo, TX will be open for patient care Monday through Friday with the exception of federal holidays. The residents schedule will be a 5 day, 8-hours per day work week.  As a member of the eye clinic team, the resident is assigned call and expected to maintain availability for emergency department after-hour consultative patient care. Call will be assigned on an alternated basis between the residents with the exception for when the residents elect to attend the same professional meeting.   At all times, the resident will maintain consultative communication with a hospital privileged attending staff physician.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for successful program completion and awarding of the Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competence are: 1. Completed publishable quality paper (research paper, literature review, or case report) 2. Patient Encounter Logs with encounter types 3. Residency Activity Logs 4. Completed exit evaluations (Evaluation of Clinical Supervisors, Evaluation of Residency Program Supervisor, Evaluation of NSUOCO Residency Director, and Residency Program Evaluation) 5. Passage of National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, II and III including passage of the Treatment and Management of Ocular Disease

Program Salary/Stipend: $34,888/ year
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: David Trout, OD MBA
Telephone: (806) 355-9703 ext. 7678
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

1. Fill out and turn in the NSUOCO Application ( 2. Register and Apply on ORMatch ( 3. Send in the following supplemental documentation: a. Statement of interest/cover letter discussing - Why you are interested in pursuing a residency - What you hope to gain from a residency - What your plans are after you complete a residency b. Curriculum Vitae or Resume - Education (institution, dates, major, degree or pending degree, and grade point average) - List of Honors, Awards - Professional Memberships - Research Projects and Publication - Special Presentations, Seminars and Teaching Experience - Employment - Community Service - Other Professional Experiences c. Three letters of recommendation. These letters should be from individuals who can assess your clinical performance, scholastic abilities and/or teaching and research potential. Recommendation letters may be emailed or mailed by post, but must be signed and be on letterhead. d. An official copy of your optometry school transcripts. e. Please provide an unofficial copy of your current NBEO scores. ORMatch will send an official copy on your behalf. Successful completion of Parts I, II, III and TMOD of NBEO examinations is required to enter all NSUOCO affiliated residencies. All application information should be sent to Pam Jackson ( or the Director of Residencies, Dr. Tara D. Brown ( via email or mail to: Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry ATTN: Pam Jackson or Dr. Tara D. Brown 1001 North Grand Avenue Tahlequah, OK 74464-7017 As application materials are received by the school, they will be forwarded to the site the applicant is applying at. Arrange an interview. Each applicant is strongly encouraged to arrange an interview at the residency site to which they are applying. This allows the applicant to become more familiar with the residency site and the residency supervisor to become familiar with the applicant. If you have any questions about the application process, please contact either Pam Jackson ( or the Director of Residencies, Dr.Tara D. Brown ( Additional information is available online at

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Applicants must be citizens of the United States. Residents are required to obtain licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the first year of VA residency. Residency applicants must have a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited school or college of optometry and must have successfully completed Part I, Part II, and Part III including TMOD of the NBEO examination by July 1 of the residency year. Grade-point average, NBEO scores, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews are taken into account when considering applications. Persons applying to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry affiliated residency programs must apply to ORMatch at and to Northeastern State University Oklahoma College of Optometry. ORMatch and NSUOCO deadlines are January 31st.  All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

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 31st

Additional Comments

MISSION, GOALS and OBJECTIVES Mission The mission of the Residency in Primary Eye Care is to provide advanced clinical training for post-graduate optometrists with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care, allowing residents upon completion of the program to pursue professional opportunities which require a high level of clinical expertise. Goal A Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences with emphasis in ocular disease and primary care. Objectives: Provide you a large number of patient encounters Provide you exposure to a high diversity of clinical conditions within ocular disease and primary care Encourage appropriate referral and co-management of patients with other health care providers Allow you to participate in the clinical supervision of optometry students Goal B Stimulate scholarly development. Objectives: Encourage lecture and workshop presentations in the form of continuing education, grand rounds, optometry classroom, etc. Stimulate life-long learning by keeping you active in critically reviewing ophthalmic literature Allow you to attend continuing education courses Require completion of a research paper, literature review, or case report of publishable quality by the end of the residency program Goal C Stimulate a commitment to service. Objectives: Enhance your active involvement in the optometric community by encouraging membership and participation in optometric organizations For more information, please contact Dr. David Trout, Residency Supervisor: