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Residency in Ocular Disease with emphasis in Primary Care and Geriatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Geriatric Optometry
Program Site: Orlando VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Eye Clinic
13800 Veterans Way
Orlando, Florida 32827
Phone Number: 407-646-5500 x 29165
Fax Number: 407-513-9616
Affiliation: Nova Southeastern University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Mariem Abdou, O.D., M.S., F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31st
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 05/2008
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Orlando VAMC Optometry Residency program is to provide training to post-doctoral level optometrists that will enhance their clinical skills in both hospital-based primary eye care and ocular disease.

Program Description:

1) Attend and actively participate in weekly afternoon optometry conferences. 2) Attend weekly VA professional staff continuing education at the discretion of the optometry residency program supervisor. 3) Regularly attend bi-monthly meetings of the Central Florida Society of Optometric physicians for a minimum of three hours of Continuing Education. 4) Attend at their own expense, a minimum of 12 hours of Continuing Education at a major educational meeting (i.e. AAO, AOA Congress, SECO, NSU College of Optometry CE Meetings, etc.). 5) Provide eye care for patients with a wide variety of systemic and ocular diseases including: diabetes, hypertension, vascular disease, glaucoma, cataracts, anterior segment diseases, age related macular degeneration, and neuro-ocular disease. a) Perform diagnostic testing including: automated perimetry, OCT, corneal pachymetry, B scan ultrasonography, photography, etc. as necessary. b) Enter patient records into Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). c) Review and triage consults from other members of the professional staff. d) Order and review laboratory, radiographic and vascular imaging studies. e) Coordinate patient care with primary care providers and specialists. f) Perform external rotations (Locations/Affiliations to be Arranged)

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

Hours of work will be Monday - Friday 7:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. with 30 - 60 minutes for lunch. Hours may change at the discretion of the Optometry Residency Program Supervisor. The resident is granted 13 days of annual leave (vacation), Federal holidays, sick days and authorized absence. Authorized absence is to be used to attend the VISN 8 Optometry Resident Grand Rounds, NSU's Optometry Resident Grand Rounds and/or attending major educational meetings (i.e. AAO, AOA Congress, SECO) at their own expense. Attendance at the meeting will be verified. A 45-day notice is required in order to use any of these days.

Requirements for Completion:

Satisfactory completion on all quarterly evaluations. Completion of at least 3 formal presentations. Completion of a paper or poster. Completion of 3 hours of CE at CFSOP meetings and 12 hours at a major meeting Completion of all check-out procedures at the Orlando VAMC

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,063.00
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: John Spalding, O.D., F.A.A.O., Program Coordinator
Telephone: 407-646-5500 x 29165
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

John M. Spalding, O.D., F.A.A.O.

Orlando VAMC – Lake Baldwin Eye Clinic

13800 Veterans Way

Orlando, FL 32827

Fax: 4075139616

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

The minimum specific requirements the applicant must meet for residency consideration include the following: 1.The applicant will have achieved a minimum, cumulative GPA of 3.0 or equivalent in optometry school to be considered for an interview for the residency. 2.The applicant must have earned an OD degree or will have earned such a degree from an accredited School or College of Optometry prior to July 1. 3.The candidate must have a passing score from Part I of the NBEO to be interviewed; Part II and TMOD scores shall be submitted as soon as they are available. Candidates must pass both Part II and TMOD and be license eligible by the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) match date in order to be ranked in Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) by March of the preceding residency year. 4.Every candidate that applies is required to take Part III of NBEO and have scores submitted as soon as available. 5.Residency applicants will be evaluated and chosen without regard to sex, race, religion, age, national origin or handicap. 6.Residency applicants must be citizens of the United States to be considered for a funded residency position. After all of the minimally acceptable candidates have been interviewed and the supporting materials reviewed, the full-time staff optometrists collectively rank the candidates and send the rankings to the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) office by the matching deadline. Once the Orlando VAMC Optometry Residency Program Supervisor has been notified as to the outcome of the matching process, the matched applicant will be contacted. A letter of appointment along with other VA mandatory forms will be sent to the matched applicant. The letter confirms the applicant's acceptance of the position and provides information regarding the duration of the program, hours of attendance, compensation, health insurance availability and benefits as well as other information from the Orlando VAMC's Human Resources Office. The selected resident is required to have submitted an application for an optometry license in any state prior to July 1. Should the selected resident not have an optometry license prior to July 31, the selected resident will be discharged from the program and an alternate resident (if available) may or may not be selected to fill the position through names of unmatched residents provided by the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch).

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

NONDISCRIMINATION STATEMENT Candidates will be considered regardless of race, color, sex, age, nondisqualifying disability, religion or creed, sexual orientation, or national or ethnic origin.