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Primary Care Optometry - Geriatric Optometry

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Geriatric Optometry
Program Site: VA Puget Sound Healthcare System
Program Location: VA
Program Address: (112 OP-A) Eye Clinic

Tacoma, Washington 98493
Phone Number: 253-583-1250
Fax Number:
Affiliation: Pacific University, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Michela Kenning, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 14
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established:
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

This Primary Eye Care/Geriatric Optometry Residency is a one-year post-doctoral training program sponsored by the VA Puget Sound Health Care System, American Lake Division. This residency program offers qualified Doctors of Optometry an educational opportunity to treat an exceptional outpatient veteran population from the South Puget Sound area of Washington. Primary eye care experiences include diagnosis, treatment and management of primary and secondary diseases and dysfunctions of the human eye, adnexa, and visual tracts. 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 and university's resources will be encouraged. Residents will develop clinical and didactic teaching skills.

Program Description:

Program Goals

Goal 1. To improve the resident optometrist's ability to identify and manage visual and ocular disorders which typically affect the elderly.

Goal 2. To provide the resident a better understanding of the physiological, psychological and social changes which the elderly person experiences.

Goal 3. To teach the optometrist how to most effectively integrate his or her skills into an interdisciplinary program designed specifically for the geriatric patient.

Goal 4. To prepare optometrists for careers in hospital-based optometry and/or clinical teaching.

Goal 5. To improve the quality and efficiency of eye care delivered at the American Lake Division, VA Puget Sound Health Care System.

Goal 6. To train the resident in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular diseases.

Goal 7. To train the resident in the evaluation and remediation of the visually impaired.

Goal 8. To develop clinical didactic skills during residency training.

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

Expected range of hours of attendance in a typical week is 40 hours. The Eye Clinic runs Monday through Friday from 8 AM to 5 PM. 

Requirements for Completion:

A certificate of completion will be awarded to the resident upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements, as outlined in the Pacific University College of Optometry Administrative Guide for Affiliated Residency Programs, including:

  • 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: $37, 835 – 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: Kathryn Dailey, Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 253-583-1250
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

The application deadlines is February 14. 

For additional information about these residency opportunities, please contact: 

Kathryn Dailey, O.D. Residency Program Supervisor

VA Puget Sound Health Care System

(112 OP-A) Eye Clinic VA Puget Sound Heath Care System

Tacoma, WA 98493

Phone: 253-583-1250 (between 88:30 am and 3:30-4:30 p.m.)

Email: (preferred mode of contact)

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Eligibility 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 program.

Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and willpreferably taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must pass NBEO parts I, II, and III prior to the start date of the residency. 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.

The candidate must be a United States citizen.

It is the policy of the Department of Veterans Affairs and the VA Puget Sound Health Care System 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.

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: February 14

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