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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 Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 8495 Crater Lake Highway

White City, Oregon 97503
Phone Number: 541-826-2111 ext 3115
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, F.A.A.O.

Program Application Deadline: January 31
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 07/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program at VA SORCC is a one-year post-doctoral educational program centered on clinical training which results in the resident's attainment of advanced competencies in eye, vision, and health care. The program will emphasize delivery of primary eye care and ocular disease management to both Inpatient and Outpatient veterans enrolled at the facility. The program seeks to advance the competency, confidence, knowledge, and skill level of the practicing optometrist within a multi-disciplinary health care setting.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. To advance the competency, knowledge and skill level of the resident through exposure to significant, diverse and challenging patient encounters.

Goal 2. To improve patient care management skills in a multidisciplinary health care team setting.

Goal 3. To enhance the resident's leadership and teaching skills and encourage scholarly interests.

Goal 4. Stimulate a commitment to service and life-long learning by the resident.

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

Regular clinic hours for the resident will be 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. As with any clinical position, hours of attendance vary.

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. * Preparing and delivering a presentation at the annual Northwest Residents Conference.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,063 – 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: Aaron Severson, Residency Program Coordinator
Telephone: 541-826-2111 ext 3115
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

Two letters of reference are required from faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant.

Applicants will by emailed to set up an interview date.  Interviews may be in person or by video conference call.

The application deadline is January 31.

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Aaron Severson, OD, Residency Program Supervisor

VA Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center & Clinics Optometry Residency Program

8495 Crater Lake Highway White City, OR 97503 5

41-826-2111 ext. 3113

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 be citizens of the United States.

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Southern Oregon Rehabilitation Center and Clinics to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination 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.

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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