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Program Title: Primary Care/ Low Vision
Program Type: Low Vision Rehabilitation, Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Jesse Brown VA
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Jesse Brown VA
820 S. Damen Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60612
Phone Number: 312 569 7507
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Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA ( 

Program Application Deadline: January 15
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1982
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the optometry residency in ocular disease / low vision rehabilitation is to offer clinical experiences in diagnosis and management of patients with ocular disease at a post doctorate level which exceeds that attainable in private practice.

Program Description:

The ocular disease program at Jesse Brown is located in a joint Optometry / Ophthalmology eye clinic with shared facilities and equipment. Residents provide routine eye examinations, visual field interpretation, ultrasonography, complete digital imaging (including OCT, digital fluorescein angiography and fundus photography), experience with ocular prostheses, and ultrasonography (both posterior segment as well as UBM). Residents gain contact lenses experience with keratoconus, pellucid marginal degeneration, aphakia, corneal trauma, s/p PKP, s/p PRK or LASIK and anisometropia , and have access to a variety of gas permeable, hybrid and soft lens diagnostic fitting sets. The low vision part of the program at Hines VAH is located in the Central Blind Rehabilitation Center. There the optometry residents function to direct the clinical low vision services that are offered to veterans.

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

Monday Tuesday Thursday and Friday are devoted to direct patient care 40 hrs per week. Wednesday is devoted to rounds and conferences primarily at Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago formerly West Side VA) ; 10 hrs per week. Each of the three residents rotate to Hines BRC for 4 months where they spend Mon, Tues & Thurs with direct patient care. All residents are at Jesse Brown VAMC (Chicago) on Friday.

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Completion: Successful completion of full 12 months of clinical experience. PowerPoint presentation of case at ICO Grand Rounds. Complete 1st journal review by 6 months with JB Attendings Completing manuscript or presentation of publishable quality by 12 months of program.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,028
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: Charles Kinnaird, OD
Telephone: 312 569 7507
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

This program is an equal opportunity residency program (employer). Application follows the process outlined in the ORmatch website. The following are required: 1. transcripts from an accredited school / college of optometry demonstrating (expected) completion of the OD degree. 2. pass NBEO (official NBEO scores will be sent to ORmatch from NBEO) 3. highly recommended by three clinical faculty 4. interview with faculty at Jesse Brown & Hines VA - Requires full day. Charles Kinnard, OD Jesse Brown VA 820 S. Damen Chicago, Il 60612, 312 569 7507

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Prerequisites: OD degree, US citizen Curriculum Vitae, GPA, Board Scores, Three Recommendation letters from Clinical Faculty and the In-person interview at JB and Hines VA are considered in the selection.

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 15

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