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Basic Information

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis: Primary Care Optometry, Glaucoma
Program Site: Perry Point VA Medical Center, MD
Program Location: VA
Program Address: Optometry Clinic (11Cl)

Perry Point, Maryland 21902
Phone Number: 410-642-2411 ext 25080
Fax Number: 410-642-1048
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

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

PCO/Salus University

Program Application Deadline: February 1
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 09/1991
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

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Program Description:

This is a one-year residency in Hospital-Based Optometry with the primary goal of preparing optometrists for careers in multidisciplinary settings (including VA), private practices with co-management, or academia/teaching. The evaluation and management of patients with complex ocular and medical histories is emphasized. Sub-specialty eye care training is provided with external rotations in retina, glaucoma, and anterior segment clinics. Additionally, there are opportunities to rotate with other services within the hospital, such as neurology and the acute medical care ward. Didactic training includes weekly grand rounds and joint conferences with other teaching facilities. Moreover, the resident is encouraged to participate in scholarly activities, included, but not limited to, posters, presentations, and journal clubs..

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

Typical weekly hours: 40 No after-hours responsibilities

Requirements for Completion:

In order to successfully complete the residency program and receive a residency certificate, the resident will: *Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions in a professional manner and remain in clinic until all patients are cared for or the clinic preceptor states otherwise *Maintain patient care log as assigned (with a minimum of 1000-1200 patient encounters) *Attend and document all other assigned activities, including external rotations, didactic, and scholarly activities *Complete the required manuscript of publishable quality *Present a clinical case at PCO, as well as lectures to students at Friday afternoon conferences *Achieve satisfactory performance evaluations *Complete all assigned evaluations of the residency program and faculty

Program Salary/Stipend: $39,457 for 2021-22. To be determined for 2022-23
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Amy Jill Quan, O.D., F.A.A.O., Residency Supervisor
Telephone: 410-642-2411 ext 25080
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

As above; Amy Jill Quan, O.D., F.A.A.O VA Maryland Health Care System Optometry Clinic (11Cl) Perry Point, MD 21902 410-642-2411 ext 25080

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

1) Prior to matriculation, the applicant must have received O.D. Degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by ACOE; 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. Amy Jill Quan) to determine application criteria and interview process**

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

Additional Comments

Residency Completion Certificate is awarded at the end of the residency once all completion criteria are fulfilled by the resident.