Residency - Palo Alto (Primary Care/Brain Injury)


Veterans Affairs Palo Alto
HealthCare System, Palo Alto, CA (VAPAHCS)
Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC)
Polytrauma Network Site (PNS)

VA Palto Alto

VAPAHCS


OPTOMETRIC RESIDENCY IN
PRIMARY CARE AND  BRAIN INJURY VISION REHABILITATION

(1 position)
July 1 to June 30

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer

(Affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry)

Application Deadline: January 15


Program Mission

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Primary Eye Care/Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is twofold:

  1. To provide a mentored learning environment in which residents develop increased proficiency in the delivery of eye, vision, and health care to the veteran population served by VAPAHCS.
  2. To provide a mentored learning environment in which residents attain advanced skills in the specialty of adult brain injury vision rehabilitation.

Program Goals

  • To provide residents with a varied clinical experience in primary optometric care.
  • To provide residents with a didactic program that complements their clinical experience and promotes an appreciation of the significance of scholarly activity and professional development.
  • To educate and train residents in the specialty skills of brain injury vision care.
  • To provide residents with experience in teaching.

The Facility

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore plus seven outpatient clinics in Capitola, Fremont, Modesto, Monterey, San Jose, Sonora, and Stockton. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary all to serve more than 85,000 enrolled veterans.

VAPAHCS is home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center (PRC), Spinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center (CRC), a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC), a Geriatric Research Educational and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation program, and the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Primary Care Hospital-Based Optometry

In the primary care setting, the resident will provide primary optometric care to a diverse population of patients including in-hospital patients, outpatients, and psychiatric patients.  Types of encounters at the primary care clinics vary greatly as the various optometry clinics draw patients from different areas; some urban and some rural.  Optometry clinics are located at the Palo Alto, Livermore, Monterey, and San Jose divisions.


Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation

The resident will gain experience providing vision rehabilitation to patients with mild to severe traumatic brain injury as well as other acquired brain injuries. The encounters will emphasize diagnosis and management of binocular vision, oculomotor, and neuro-optometric conditions. Optometry is a part of the interdisciplinary team approach to rehabilitation. In addition to optometric rehabilitation, the resident will gain experience working with rehabilitation instructors in all disciplines, including neuropsychology, speech pathology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, recreational therapy, and physical medicine & rehabilitation. Working with instructors from other areas provides well rounded insight into the care of this complex patient population.


Clinical Curriculum

 

  • Livermore Division Eye Clinic:
  1. Provide primary optometric care 2 days/week
  2. Draws patients from rural and suburban areas
  3. Eye clinic with 8 exam rooms for optometry and ophthalmology
  • San Jose Outpatient Optometry Clinic: 
  1. Provide primary optometric care 1 day/week
  2. Draws patients from suburban and urban areas
  3. Clinic with 3 exam rooms for optometry only
  • Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center/Polytrauma Network Site:
  1. Provide brain injury rehabilitative care 1.5 days/week
  2. The resident rotates through various polytrauma/traumatic brain injury optometry clinics

This residency program requires fairly extensive traveling for which having access to a car is strongly recommended.


Didactic Curriculum And Teaching Activity

Didactics include weekly optometry conferences, Core Studies, Journal Club, monthly low vision/polytrauma journal club, and periodic Grand Rounds.

  • Optometry Conferences cover low vision, ocular disease, or primary care topics.
  • Core Studies review major clinical trials.
  • Current and significant past literature are analyzed and discussed during Journal Club.
  • Grand Rounds are an interactive, educational program on various ocular disease topics emphasizing live patient exams and a review of current concepts.

The residents present three formal lectures at the Berkeley Optometry Affiliated Resident Lecture Series, as well as informal case presentations throughout the year. Residents are expected to author a manuscript suitable for publication by the end of the residency year. The residents participate in the clinical teaching of fourth-year optometry externs.


Benefits

  • Yearly stipend of $37,842 (2014-2015)
  • 13 days accrued vacation leave
  • 13 days accrued sick leave
  • Approved leave for educational meetings (e.g., AAO, COA, AOA or AER)
  • Professional liability covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Transcripts of residency education at UC Berkeley School of Optometry without fees or tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 10 Paid federal holidays

Requirements For Admission

  • U.S. citizenship
  • An optometry degree from an accredited optometry school. (ACOE)
  • Passage of NBEO I, II, and TMOD prior to the ORMatch match
  • Men must show proof of selective service registration
  • GPA 3.0 in optometry school preferred

Application Process

NOTE: Applicants must apply through and participate in the ORMatch matching program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/

For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.

Please submit the following to the residency coordinator by January 15:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • NBEO Part I, II and TMOD Scores (forwarded from ORMatch)
  • Unofficial transcripts of optometric education
  • Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate education
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Brief statement regarding desire to complete this residency program
  • A personal visit to the residency site for an interview is highly encouraged.

For more information please contact:
David Yang, OD, FAAO
VA Palo Alto HCS
3801 Miranda Avenue
112/OPTOM
Palo Alto, CA 94304-1290
(650) 493-5000 x68041
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Selection Procedure

  1. The program coordinator and faculty members decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and letters of recommendation.
  2. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Director of Affiliated Residency Programs.
  3. The approved list of candidates is entered in the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/.
  4. ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the ORMatch.
  5. The program coordinator will contact the matched candidates to confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program; This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate

  • Complete one year of training
  • Three oral case presentations as part of the Resident Lecture Series
  • Residency paper with approval from Program Coordinator and Director of Affiliated Residency Programs
  • Submission of completed patient logs and evaluations
  • Favorable recommendation from the Program Coordinator

Optometric Residency Program
Chris Wilmer, OD, FAAO
Director of Affiliated Residency Programs
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Pediatric Residency Picture Gallery


child exam pic

Vision examinations are child's play for the Pediatric Resident!

The Resident provides comprehensive vision examinations in three clinical rotations:

  • Infant, Toddler, and Children's clinic for children from birth to 6 years of age.
  • Special Visual Assessment Clinic for infants, children and adults with multiple disabilities including visual impairment.
  • Pediatric Clinic for children from 6 to 13 years.

In addition, the Pediatric Resident participates in school vision screenings for preschoolers, kindergarten, and second-grade students enrolled in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties.

Recommendations for pediatric vision care include a vision screening at birth followed by vision examinations at 9 months, 3 years, and 5 years of age to diagnose and treat significant refractive error, strabismus, amblyopia, and ocular disease.

In addition to the pictures below, see our link for more about the Pediatric Residency Program.


child exam pic

Monocular visual acuity testing made easy and fun by using patch glasses,
a lap card with matching symbols (also see picture above), and
honeynut Cheerios® to reinforce correct responses


child exam pic

Retinoscopy with lens bars to determine if a
child needs glasses for significant refractive error


child exam pic

Unilateral and alternate cover test
to assess alignment of the eyes


child exam pic

Finding the face on the Stereosmile® test, indicating
that the child has good depth perception


Optometric Residency Program
Olga O'Connor
Residency Program Student Affairs Officer
524 Minor Addition
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020
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Tang Center Picture Gallery


The Tang Center at 2222 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA provides urgent and primary care outpatient health services to UC Berkeley students, plus selected services to faculty and staff. Constructed in 1991-92, the center was fashioned as a three-story, T-shaped building with a central glazed atrium and clinic / administrative wings. The building incorporates traditional regional design elements reminiscent of those used by the famed architect Bernard Maybeck. The structure is made of concrete and steel, its facade surfaced with terracotta-colored stucco and blue curtain walls. The north courtyard includes the small Mediterranean-style Founders Building (built in 1942), now serving as the Tang Center's Career Counseling Library.

The Tang Eye Center is located on the third floor. It houses examination rooms, ancillary testing rooms, and an eye wear center.


Tang Eye Care Center

Optometry Clinic frame displays,
Tang Eye Center, third floor clinic wing


Tang Center from Edwards 2

Tang Center, viewed from Edwards Stadium, looking southeast


Tang from Edwards 3

Tang Center, viewed from Edwards Stadium, looking southeast


Evans from Tang

Tang Center, central glazed atrium, third floor, looking north
Upper window view: Edwards Track & Field Stadium
Lower window view: North Courtyard & Founders Building


Tang Lobby

Tang Center, central glazed atrium, lobby & reception,
viewed from third floor level just outside the Optometry Clinic wing


Tang from Durant

The Tang Center's trellis-covered pathway,
south-side entrance, looking north


Optometric Residency Program
Olga O'Connor
Residency Program Student Affairs Officer
380 Minor Addition
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-2020
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Residency - San Francisco VA


Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center
San Francisco, CA

SFVA Medical Center

The Ideal Location to Continue Your
Clinical Optometric Training


Primary Care Optometry Residency
(3 Positions)
July 1 to June 30

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer
(Affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry)

Application Deadline: Recommended by Jan. 1, Required by Jan. 15

Links
VA Optometry Service: www.va.gov/optometry
(Click on "Education and Training")

SFVAMC: www.sanfrancisco.va.gov/
(Click on "About Us")

Optometric Residency Match: (ORMatch): www.natmatch.com/ormatch/


Description

The San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC) offers three positions in a one-year postgraduate residency in primary care optometry affiliated with University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry. The program is designed to provide advanced competency in clinical skills and scholarly development of the resident. Primarily through direct patient care and supplemented with seminars, conferences, lectures, and grand rounds, residents should significantly improve their competency and confidence in the areas of vision care, diagnosis, knowledge of clinical studies, critical clinical thinking skills, and patient management. Upon completion of the program the resident should be of the caliber to make a significant contribution to optometric clinical education or the practice of optometry in a multidisciplinary health care setting.

SFVAMC initiated a hospital-based optometry program in 1985. A primary care position was added in1994. The two positions were integrated into a primary care curriculum in 1998. A third position was added in 2003. The program is accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (243 N. Lindbergh Blvd. St. Louis, MO, 63141-7881).


Program Mission

The Optometry Residency Program at the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center is a one-year post-doctoral clinical training program designed to provide advanced competency in clinical skills and scholarly development for recent optometry graduates within the multi-disciplinary clinical setting of this medical center.


Program Goals

  • To enhance the residents' proficiency and develop advanced clinical competency in providing high-quality primary eye/vision care for the patients of this medical center.
  • To develop the residents' ability to function as a member of the health care team through participation in a multidisciplinary health delivery system.
  • To enhance the residents' scholarly development in the knowledge of clinical eye care and communication of that knowledge.
  • To prepare the residents for a career in the clinical practice of optometry in a multidisciplinary clinical practice setting or optometric clinical education.

The Institution

Located on a hill overlooking the Golden Gate and Pacific Ocean, seven miles west of downtown San Francisco, the SFVAMC Medical Center complex includes a 124-bed acute care medical surgical hospital, a 120-bed nursing home facility, and ambulatory care clinics offering primary and specialty care with over 250,000 visits annually. SFVAMC is a major teaching center affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). This provides a highly skilled and talented medical staff that is committed to excellence in patient care, clinical education, and research. The affiliated Berkeley Optometry is well recognized for its outstanding contributions to vision research and clinical education. The synergy between quality clinical care, clinical teaching, and inquisitive thinking is part of the SFVAMC institutional culture. The combined resources and scholarly excellence of these institutions makes SFVAMC a very attractive place for an outstanding optometry residency program.


Faculty

The program faculty is dedicated to quality patient care and resident education.

  • Bernard J. Dolan, SFVA Staff Optometrist (1981), Clinical Professor
    • B.S., Biology, University of San Francisco
    • M.S., Biology, University of San Francisco
    • B.S., Physiological Optics, University of California, Berkeley
    • O.D., Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
    • Residency, Hospital-Based/Rehabilitative Optometry, VA Medical Center, Kansas City, MO
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry
  • Andrew B. Mick, SFVA Staff Optometrist (2002), Associate Clinical Professor
    • B.S., Biology, University of Michigan
    • O.D., Optometry, University of California, Berkeley
    • Residency in Ocular Disease, Bascom Palmer Institute, Miami, FL
    • Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry

Curriculum

The program emphasizes learning through direct patient care with the residents having direct patient care responsibilities at SFVA Eye Clinic under the supervision of the program faculty, four and one-half days per week. Five hours per week are spent in attendance at the weekly optometry conference, ophthalmology grand rounds, and fluorescein angiography conference. The residents may attend Medicine Service Grand Rounds and Resident Conference during the noon hour. A few hours per week may be available for independent study.


Clinic

The SFVA Eye Clinic has about 13,000 patient visits per year. The clinical experience includes primary eye examinations and follow-up examinations for patients with ocular disease and the manifestations of systemic disease, low vision evaluations, and a modest experience with medically indicated contact lens fittings and follow-up. The residents may participate in anterior segment and fundus photography. The patient population is predominately middle-aged to elderly males, with a high incidence of ocular disease. The most common diagnoses are cataract, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and other retinal vascular disorders. Immediate consultation with UCSF ophthalmology residents and attending staff is available within the clinic. A good working relationship exists between optometry and ophthalmology. The primary care emphasis encourages interaction with physicians in the primary medical and specialty clinics.

Each examination room is equipped current standard examination equipment. Additional clinical equipment includes Humphrey and Goldmann perimeters, frequency doubling technology, spectral and time domain optical coherence tomography, Ziess digital fundus camera, digital photo slit-lamp, corneal topography, UBM and A or B scan ultrasound, pachometer, auto-refractor/keratometer, as well as modest contact lens and low vision equipment.


Calendar and Hours

  • The Residency year is from July 1 to June 30
  • Hours from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Urgent care follow-up may involve patient care outside these hours, but there are no on-call responsibilities.

Applications

Applicants must:

  • Apply through and participate in ORMatch matching program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/.
  • Be a US citizen (required for all VA funded optometry training positions).
  • Graduate from an ACOE-accredited school or college of optometry prior to matriculation into the program.
  • Pass National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I and Part II, prior to ORMatch match.
Please have the following forwarded directly to the program coordinator: 
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Personal statement
  • Official transcripts of optometric education
  • Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate education
  • NBEO Part I, II and TMOD Scores (forwarded from ORMatch)
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • A personal visit to the residency site for an interview is highly encouraged.

A 3.00 GPA is preferred.

NOTE: For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.


Selection Procedure

  1. The program coordinator and faculty member decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and input from previous instructors.
  2. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.
  3. ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match.
  4. The program coordinator and the program director contact the matched candidates and confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.

NOTE: For information on non-discrimmination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.


Scholarly Development

  • Journal Club reviews current and significant past literature in the management of ocular disorders.
  • Each resident presents three formal oral case reports at Berkeley Optometry affiliated Resident Lecture Series and submits an original manuscript of a clinical case report or literature review suitable for publication.
  • The residents participate in clinical teaching of fourth year optometry students under supervision of the staff optometrist and present in the weekly optometry clinical conference.
  • Residents are encouraged to attend continuing education programs of Berkeley Optometry, available at no or modest cost, and professional meetings held in the area.

Achievement Standards

Successful completion of the program requires satisfactory completion of a minimum of 1,200 direct patient encounters, three oral presentations at resident conferences, completion of patient logs and outcomes assessments, and completion of an acceptable manuscript. Upon successful completion of the program, a certificate will be awarded by Berkeley Optometry and SFVA.


Information Resources

Literature searches, library catalogues, Internet access, and many full-text electronic journals are available via the California Digital Library on computers in each examination room.

Residents have borrowing privileges at SFVA Medical Library, UCSF Kalmanovitz Library and UC Berkeley Libraries including the Fong Optometry & Health Sciences Library at Berkeley Optometry. Through these resources, residents have access to several thousand books, print and full-text electronic journals, including the major clinical and research journals in vision.


Compensation

  • Annual Salary: $37,842
  • Compensation is not contingent upon the productivity of the resident

Benefits

  • 12 days of annual leave (vacation)
  • 12 days of sick leave
  • Authorized absence (educational leave) for outside educational activities (limit 10 days)
  • Professional liability covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Health care insurance

For more information please contact:

Supervisor: Andrew Mick, OD
VAMC Eye Clinic 112-A
4150 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121
(415) 221-4810 x 4606
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Optometric Residency Program
Chris Wilmer, OD, FAAO
Director of Affiliated Residency Programs
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Residency - Reno VA


Reno VA Optometric Residency Program
Sierra Nevada Health Care System (VA SNHCS)

VA Reno

VA RENO EYE CLINIC


OPTOMETRIC RESIDENCY IN PRIMARY CARE
(2 Positions)
July 1 to June 30

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer

(Affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry)

Application Deadline: February 1


Program Mission

The Optometric Residency Program at the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry and its affiliate programs seek to recruit and admit the best-qualified post-graduate optometrists and to provide them with advanced clinical education and concentrated clinical experience in specialty areas of optometry in an institutional or hospital based setting.  This mentored educational and clinical experience prepares optometrists for lifelong scholarship in patient care, education, and optometric leadership.

The residency program at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System provides residents with knowledge of diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease which enhances their proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care.  In addition, this program strives to enhance the quality of eye, vision, and health care for veterans.


Goals

  1. Enhance the resident's proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care.
  2. Educate the resident to function effectively within a multi-disciplinary health care environment through constructive relations with other health care disciplines.
  3. Provide the resident with clinical experience in therapeutics and the management of ocular disease.
  4. The resident gains experience in becoming an effective educator.
  5. Promote an appreciation for the significance of research and other scholarly activity to the resident.

Calendar and Hours

  • The Residency year is from July 1 to June 30
  • Hours from 8 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Urgent care follow-up may involve patient care outside these hours, but there are no on-call responsibilities.


Time Allotments

  1. Eye Clinic: 4.5 days per week
  2. Cataract Surgical Observation
  3. Low vision: 2 days per week (more at resident's request)
  4. IVFA clinic and IVFA interpretation at resident's request
  5. Independent study time: 4 hours per week
  6. Ancillary clinic rotations: Minimum of 12hrs during the residency year.

Didactic

  1. One paper of publishable quality
  2. Three oral case presentations; the resident will be expected to travel to the program locations.
  3. Journal Club monthly
  4. Noon Medical Conferences (optional)

Benefits

  1. Salary: $31,965 (not contingent on productivity of the resident)
  2. Health benefits: eligible for federal health benefits and insurance programs
  3. Vacation: accrued at a rate of ½ day per 2 week period
  4. Sick Leave: accrued at a rate of ½ day per 2 week period
  5. Malpractice coverage while on official duties at the VA Medical Facility

Requirements For Admission

  • U.S. citizenship
  • An optometry degree from an accredited optometry school. (ACOE)
  • Passage of NBEO I, II, and TMOD
  • Men must show proof of selective service registration, 
    1. This can be obtained at (www.sss.gov). Applicants should enter their information on-line and do a screen print of the registration information and include it in your application materials.
  • GPA 3.0 in optometry school preferred


Application Process

  1. All materials should be sent to Marla Plecha, OD, Eye Clinic Supervisor (see "Contact Information" below).
  2. Register with the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/.
  3. Send a copy of your Curriculum Vitae and a 1-page letter of intent.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation.
  5. Provide transcripts of all college-level course work, including undergraduate, graduate and optometry school.
  6. NBEO Part I, II and TMOD Scores (forwarded from ORMatch)

NOTE: For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.



Selection Procedure

  1. The program coordinator and faculty member decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and input from previous instructors.
  2. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.
  3. ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match.
  4. The program coordinator and the program director contact the matched candidates and confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.


Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate

  • Complete one year of training
  • Three oral case presentations as part of the Resident Lecture Series
  • Residency paper with approval from Program Coordinator and Residency Director
  • Submission of residency binder
  • Submission of patient logs and evaluations
  • Favorable recommendation from the Program Coordinator


Contact Information

Marla Plecha, OD, FAAO, Eye Clinic Supervisor
VA SNHCS Eye Clinic
330 Crampton Street
Reno, NV 89502-2597

Tel: 775-786-7200 ext 6050
Fax: 775-326-5743
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Optometric Residency Program
Chris Wilmer, OD, FAAO
Director of Affiliated Residency Programs
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Residency - Palo Alto (Primary Care/Low Vision)


Veterans Affairs Palo Alto
HealthCare System, Palo Alto, CA (VAPAHCS)
Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC)

VA Palto Alto

VAPAHCS


OPTOMETRIC RESIDENCY IN
PRIMARY CARE AND LOW VISION REHABILITATION

(3 positions)
July 1 to June 30

The Department of Veterans Affairs is an Equal Opportunity Employer

(Affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry)

Application Deadline: January 15


Program Mission

The mission of the Optometric Residency in Primary Care/Low Vision Rehabilitation at the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) is twofold:

  1. To provide a mentored learning environment in which residents develop increased proficiency in the delivery of eye, vision, and health care to the veteran population served by VAPAHCS.
  2. To provide a mentored learning environment in which residents attain advanced skills in the specialty of adult low vision rehabilitation.

Program Goals

  • To provide residents with a varied clinical experience in primary optometric care.
  • To provide residents with a didactic program that complements their clinical experience and promotes an appreciation of the significance of scholarly activity and professional development.
  • To educate and train residents in the specialty skills of low vision care.
  • To provide residents with experience in teaching.

The Facility

The VA Palo Alto Health Care System (VAPAHCS) consists of three inpatient facilities located at Palo Alto, Menlo Park, and Livermore plus seven outpatient clinics in Capitola, Fremont, Modesto, Monterey, San Jose, Sonora, and Stockton. These facilities provide some of the world's finest medical care and cutting-edge technology.

VAPAHCS is a teaching hospital, providing a full range of patient care services, with state-of-the-art technology as well as education and research. Comprehensive health care is provided in areas of medicine, surgery, psychiatry, rehabilitation, neurology, oncology, dentistry, geriatrics, and extended care.

VAPAHCS operates nearly 900 beds, including three nursing homes and a 100-bed homeless domiciliary all to serve more than 85,000 enrolled veterans.

VAPAHCS is home to a variety of regional treatment centers, including a Polytrauma Rehabilitation Center, Spinal Cord Injury Center, a Comprehensive Rehabilitation Center, a Traumatic Brain Injury Center, the Western Blind Rehabilitation Center (WBRC), a Geriatric Research Educational and Clinical Center, a Homeless Veterans Rehabilitation program, and the National Center for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).


Primary Care Hospital-Based Optometry

In the primary care setting, the resident will provide primary optometric care to a diverse population of patients including in-hospital patients, outpatients and psychiatric patients. The patient population is predominately middle-aged to elderly males, with a high incidence of ocular disease. The resident will also participate in teaching fourth-year optometry externs. Types of patient encounters at the primary care clinic vary greatly, and include routine general exams, low vision exams and medically-necessary contact lens fittings. The clinics are located at the Palo Alto, Livermore, Monterey, and San Jose Divisions.


Low Vision Rehabilitation

At the WBRC, the resident will provide full-scope low vision care in conjunction with rehabilitation instructors in all disciplines of vision rehabilitation, including visual skills, daily living skills, orientation and mobility, computer skills and manual skills. Optometry is part of the team approach to rehabilitation. Working with the instructors from other areas provides an opportunity to learn about blind and low vision rehabilitation in a multidisciplinary setting. As the patients reside at the WBRC during their rehabilitation, the resident has the unique opportunity to work with various low vision devices and follow a patient's progress as frequently as desired.


Clinical Curriculum

The residency year is divided into three four-month rotations:

  1. One rotation is through the Primary Care Clinic at the VA Palo Alto, providing primary optometric care, including one half-day/week of outpatient low vision care and 2 half-days/week of specialty contact lens care.
  2. The second rotation is at the WBRC. There, the resident will provide full-scope low vision care to legally-blind veterans. This rotation also includes one day a week at the VA Palo Alto Primary Care Clinic.
  3. The third, or Outreach Clinics rotation, is through the various outlying optometry primary care clinics in the VAPAHCS. This four-month rotation requires extensive traveling, for which having access to a car is recommended.

Didactic Curriculum And Teaching Activity

Didactics include weekly optometry conferences, Core Studies, Journal Club, monthly low vision/polytrauma journal club, and periodic Grand Rounds.

  • Optometry Conferences cover low vision, ocular disease, or primary care topics.
  • Core Studies review major clinical trials.
  • Current and significant past literature is analyzed and discussed during Journal Club.
  • Grand Rounds are an interactive, educational program on various ocular disease topics emphasizing live patient exams and a review of current concepts.

The residents present three formal lectures at the Berkeley Optometry Affiliated Resident Lecture Series, as well as informal case presentations throughout the year. Residents are expected to author a manuscript suitable for publication by the end of the residency year. The residents participate in the clinical teaching of fourth-year optometry externs.


Benefits

  • Yearly stipend of $37,842 (2014-2015)
  • 13 days accrued vacation leave
  • 13 days accrued sick leave
  • Approved leave for educational meetings (e.g., AAO, COA, AOA or AER)
  • Professional liability covered under the Federal Tort Claims Act
  • Transcripts of residency education at UC Berkeley School of Optometry without fees or tuition
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • 10 Paid federal holidays

Requirements For Admission

  • U.S. citizenship
  • An optometry degree from an accredited optometry school. (ACOE)
  • Passage of NBEO I, II, and TMOD prior to the ORMatch match
  • Men must show proof of selective service registration
  • GPA 3.0 in optometry school preferred

Application Process

NOTE: Applicants must apply through and participate in the ORMatch matching program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/

For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.

Please submit the following to the residency coordinator by January 15:

  • Curriculum vitae
  • NBEO Part I, II and TMOD Scores (forwarded from ORMatch)
  • Unofficial transcripts of optometric education
  • Unofficial transcripts of undergraduate education
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Brief statement regarding desire to complete this residency program.
  • A personal visit to the residency site for an interview is highly encouraged.

For more information please contact:
David Yang, OD, FAAO
VA Palo Alto HCS
3801 Miranda Avenue
112/OPTOM
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Selection Procedure

  1. The program coordinator and faculty members decide which candidates to rank for the match and determine the sequential ranking of those candidates based on the application materials, the on-site interview, and letters of recommendation.
  2. Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director.
  3. The approved list of candidates is entered in the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) program at www.natmatch.com/ormatch/.
  4. ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the ORMatch.
  5. The program coordinator will contact the matched candidates to confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Requirements for Residency Completion and Awarding of Certificate

  • Complete one year of training
  • Three oral case presentations as part of the Resident Lecture Series
  • Residency paper with approval from Program Coordinator and Residency Director
  • Submission of completed patient logs and evaluations
  • Favorable recommendation from the Program Coordinator

Optometric Residency Program
Chris Wilmer, OD, FAAO
Director of Affiliated Residency Programs
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