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Ocular Disease - Low Vision Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Low Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: Lebanon VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 1700 S Lincoln Ave (#322)

Lebanon, Pennsylvania 17042
Phone Number: 717-272-6621 ext 6173
Fax Number: 717-228-5977
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: 07/2011
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency program at the Lebanon VA Medical Center is a one-year post-doctoral educational program for optometric practitioners desiring to advance their clinical training beyond that of entry level optometric practice. The program emphasis is on the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease in the veteran population through active participation in the patient's health care team and low vision rehabilitation through participation with the interdisciplinary Visual Impairment Services Outpatient Rehabilitation (VISOR) program.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. The resident will develop diagnostic, therapeutic and management skills in the area of ocular disease in the adult population.

Goal 2. The resident will develop appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and management skills in the areas of ocular manifestations of systemic disease common in the adult population.

Goal 3. The resident will demonstrate appropriate diagnostic, therapeutic and management skills in the area of low vision rehabilitation in the adult population.

Goal 4. To provide a positive clinical atmosphere that promotes appropriate development of the resident's attitudes and values of academic achievement that prepares them for scholarly pursuit beyond formal clinical training.

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

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

Requirements for Completion:

In order to successfully complete the residency and receive a residency certificate, the resident will:

1. Attend and document all assigned clinical, scholarly and didactic activities.

2. Complete the residency paper, meet all interim deadlines, and give a presentation at the Northwest Optometric Residents Conference.

3. Achieve an average of level 3.0 (1=lowest, 5=highest) on the 10 areas rated in the Clinical Performance and Case Management Skills sections on all Resident Evaluation by Faculty Forms, or successfully complete a remediation program. For "below average" evaluations (1 or 2) in other areas, improve performance to the satisfaction of the Residency Program Coordinator and the Director of Residency Programs.

4. Complete all assigned evaluations of the program and faculty. Once these and all other published requirements for completion have been met, the resident will receive a Certificate of Completion. This requires review and recommendation by the Director of Residency Programs. The certificate contains the Pacific University seal, and is signed by the Dean and Director of Residency Programs.

Program Salary/Stipend: $35,441 - Salary is not contingent upon procuctivity 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: Kevin Wolford, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 717-272-6621 ext 6173
Fax: 717-228-5977
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title: Daniel Petley, Residency Co-Coordinator
Fax: 717-228-5977
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at  An official letter of intent is required. Three letters of reference are required from faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant. An official optometry program transcript and updated Curriculum Vita are also required.

A personal interview is highly encouraged. Phone interviews may also occur.

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Kevin Wolford, OD, Residency Program Supervisor

Lebanon VA Medical Center Optometry Residency Program

1700 South Lincoln Avenue Lebanon, PA 17042

717-272-6621 Ext. 6173

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:


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, (including foreign schools) accepted by the licensing body of a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia as qualifying for full and unrestricted licensure, 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 be eligible for state licensure and obtain licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the VA residency.

Candidates must be citizens of the U.S.

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VAMC Lebanon 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 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 grounds of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age or disability or reprisal. A personal interview is encouraged. Phone interviews may also occur. Three letters of reference are required from faculty members who have been most responsible for the clinical education of the applicant. Applications will be evaluated by the VAMC Lebanon Residency Coordinator, who then recommends for appointment of the most qualified applicants to the Director of Residency Programs. In compliance with Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, Title II of the Older Americans Amendments of 1975 and all related regulations; no candidate will be discriminated against based upon race, color, sex, religion, creed, national origin, age or non-disqualifying physical impairment.

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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