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Residency in Ocular Disease

Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Glaucoma, Retina
Program Site: Baltimore VA Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: VAMC - Eye Clinic
10 North Green Street
Baltimore, Maryland 21201
Phone Number: 410-605-7230
Fax Number: 410-605-7232
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, O.D., F.A.A.O.

PCO at Salus University

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: June 1979
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the VA Maryland Health Care System, Baltimore VA Residency program is to provide didactic and clinical training that will enable the resident to diagnose and manage patients with a variety of ocular disease conditions. High quality eye/ vision care will be provided to all patients while adhering the residency supervision guidelines.  Residents will have the opportunity to interact with patients with multiple medical problems. The program will provide the learning resources to expand upon the didactic base and enable residents to apply this knowledge to clinical care, career-long learning and the future advancement of optometry.

Program Description:

This Hospital-Based Primary Care Optometric Residency gives the optometric resident additional training in the detection and etiology of ocular disease and provides the resident an opportunity to work and interact with a varietyof multi-disciplinary health delivery services within a hospital system to prepare the resident for careers in clinical teaching. The resident is exposed to a variety of ocular and systemic pathology and state of the art diagnostic equipment.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: six paid
Program Starting Date: Last week of June
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

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Requirements for Completion:
Program Salary/Stipend: $38,774
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Rigoberto Arteaga, Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 410-605-7230
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Rigoberto Arteaga, O.D. VAMC - Eye Clinic 10 North Green Street Baltimore, MD 21201 410-605-7230

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1) Applicants must have obtained O.D. Degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE, prior to matriculation; 2) Letter of intent; 3) Current Curriculum Vitae; 4) Official optometry program transcript; 5) Official NBEO transcript; 6) Three letters of recommendation from members of applicant's clinical faculty.

**Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Rigoberto Arteaga) to determine application criteria and interview procedures**

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 1

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