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Program Title: Primary Care/ Ocular Disease
Program Type: Ocular Disease, Primary Eye Care
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Cpt. James A. Lovell Health Care Center FHCC
Program Location: Other Federal Facility
Program Address: Cpt. James A. Lovell Health Care Center FHCC
3001 Green Bay Road
North Chicago, Illinois 60064
Phone Number: 224-610-7145
Fax Number: 224-610-7150
Affiliation: Illinois College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Janice Jurkus, OD, MBA (

Program Application Deadline: January 15 for civilian candidates, Navy set Navy position start.
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited
Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

To provide advanced clinical competency and scholarly development in a multidisciplinary setting. The resident will be counseled to develop exceptional general optometric clinical skills and master new specialized skills through direct patient care while adhering to supervision guidelines.

Program Description:

The merger of VA and DoD provides an opportunity for optometry to work closely with ophthalmology to provide supervision and a vast patient-base to facilitate an advanced clinical training environment in primary care and ocular disease. There is also an emphasis on ocular preventive medicine.This fully- integrated federal health care facility has the mission of "Readying Warriors and Caring for Heroes." This combined mission is to provide comprehensive health care to active duty military, military dependents, military retirees and veterans of the military. The facility cares for nearly 67,000 eligible beneficiaries throughout Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin region. Additionally, the health care center and its branch clinics ensure that nearly 40,000 Navy recruits transitioning through Naval Station Great Lakes each year are medically qualified. The FHCC has two branch optometry clinics located on the East Campus, and one hospital clinic located on the West Campus. The optometry clinic on the West Campus is administrated by a U.S. Navy optometrist, who is supported by two civilian optometrists. The neighboring ophthalmology clinic is supported by two full-time civilian ophthalmologists and 3 part-time consultants. The ophthalmology specialties available are vitreo-retina, neuro-ophthalmology, oculo-plastics, cornea and glaucoma. The merger of VA and DoD provides an opportunity for optometry to work closely with ophthalmology to provide supervision and a vast patient-base to facilitate an advanced clinical training environment in primary care and ocular disease. The residency program is affiliated with the Illinois College of Optometry. Many of the supervising providers are affiliated with either or both the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science Chicago Medical School, located adjacent to the FHCC, or the University of Illinois at Chicago Eye and Ear Infirmary. There are two residency positions available. One position is designated for an Active Duty Navy Optometrist if available. The other position is open to all optometrists. Both residents work full time between the West Campus Optometry and Ophthalmology Clinics providing eye and vision care services for all categories of eligible patients. The West Campus Optometry Clinic is located in the 2011 addition to the hospital, with state of the art clinical and research equipment.

Program Length: 53-56 weeks
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2; one for U.S. Navy OD if available, one-two for all candidates.
Program Starting Date: July/August
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

Monday through Friday, 8:00AM to 4:30PM On call duty for 7 days, once every 6 weeks Example of past resident schedule: Monday AM: Neuro-Ophthalmology Clinic, PM: Optometry direct care Tuesday AM: General Ophthalmology Clinic, PM: Optometry direct care Wednesday AM: Optometry direct care, PM: Hospital specialty clinic rotation Thursday All day: Retina Clinic Friday AM: Optometry direct care, PM.: Professional development/Resident's Conference/Grand Rounds

Requirements for Completion:

1. Satisfactory completion of all learning objectives 2. Execution of all clinical assignments 3. Attendance and participation at Conference/Grand Rounds Series and regularly scheduled conferences 4. Attendance and participation in all required course work 5. A written paper of publishable quality, completed by the end of the residency period.

Program Salary/Stipend: Navy salary or DVA resident salary
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: Stuart Richer, OD, MSc, PhD
Telephone: 224-610-7145
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Joseph Osmond, OD, Navy Liason
Telephone: 224-610-7155
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Civilian candidates should begin the application process by applying to the Optometry Residency Matching Service (ORMS) by submitting a completed application form online at The application is due on January 15. The applicant should also contact the residency program coordinator, Dr. Richer and send all supporting documents to him. The supporting documents should include a statement of interest, curriculum vitae, optometry transcripts, NBEO scores and three letters of recommendation. Finally, the resident applicant should submit his or her ranking of residency program preferences to ORMS. Active Duty U.S. Navy candidates and U.S. Navy HPSP optometry students should contact the U.S. Navy Optometry Specialty Leader to express interest and begin the application process. Interested applicants can also contact the Residency Program Coordinator for more information: Navy Specialty Leader: CAPT Penny Walter,, 301-319-7085 Residency Program Coordinator: Dr. Stuart Richer,, 224-610-7145

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Specific requirements the applicants must meet for residency consideration include the following: * Applicants must have earned a Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree, or will have earned such a degree by the time of matriculation, from a Council on Optometric Education accredited school or college of optometry. * Applicant should have a minimum cumulative grade point average in the optometry professional curriculum of 3.0, on a 4.0 scale. * Applicants must have successfully completed parts I, II, and III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO). * By congressional law, candidates must be citizens of the United States. Selection of the U.S. Navy optometry resident will be performed by the U.S. Navy Specialty Leader based on the quality of the application materials and supporting documentation listed above. Selection of the civilian optometry resident will follow ORMS protocol. Ranking of candidates will be performed by selection committee and will be based on the quality of application materials, supporting documentation listed above and on site interview.

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 for civilian candidates, Navy set Navy position start.

Additional Comments

Ocular Preventive Medicine Research opportunities are available for both residents - contact Dr Richer. See