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Primary Care Optometry - Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: VA Portland Health Care System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd

Portland, Oregon 97239
Phone Number: 503-220-8262 ext 54400
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/1980
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This residency program offers qualified Doctors of Optometry an educational opportunity for exceptional and broad-based development as an optometric practitioner. The educational experience will concentrate on the delivery of primary eye and vision care to a predominantly outpatient Veteran population from Oregon and Southwest Washington. Primary eye and vision care experiences include, but are not limited to, ocular disease management, binocular vision, contact lenses, and low vision. Compassionate and individualized patient care is expected. An interdisciplinary approach to the delivery of health care will be cultivated, and full utilization of the medical center's and university's resources will be encouraged. Residents will also develop clinical didactic teaching skills.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. Enhance the primary eye and vision care assessment and the management skills of the residents through significant broad-based clinical experience.

Goal 2. Foster the residents' active participation as members of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Goal 3. Develop the residents' skills as educators.

Goal 4. Encourage the residents' pursuit of scholarly activities.

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

Residents typically work 40 to 50 hours per week, and the Eye Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Requirements for Completion:

A certificate of completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements: * Fulfillment of program participation for the duration of the program year, as outlined within orientation materials from the program and educational affiliate. * Preparing and delivering a presentation for the weekly optometry clinical seminar at least once per quarter program year. * Preparing and delivering a presentation at the annual PUCO Northwest Residents Conference. * Preparing a potentially publishable manuscript or research project.

Program Salary/Stipend: $37,419 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident
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: Weon Jun, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 503-220-8262 ext. 54400
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at 

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency.

Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must pass all parts before the start date of the residency.

Candidates must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Oregon including certification to use topical and nontopical pharmaceutical agents with injections.

It is the policy of the Portland VAMC to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, age, sex, or disability; to ensure that the workforce profile will clearly reflect a meaningful distribution and utilization of minority and female employees; and to provide for the prompt, fair and impartial consideration and disposition of complaints involving issues of discrimination on ground of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or reprisal.

Only United States citizens are eligible candidates for funded residency positions sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

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 31

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