Our mission at the residency program at VA Sierra Nevada Healthcare System is to provide 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.

Deadline: February 1
2 positions available

Program Goals

The goal of the residency is to enhance proficiency and clinical competency in delivering quality eye care, and to educate the resident to function effectively within a multi-disciplinary health care environment through constructive relations with other healthcare disciplines. Residents will gain clinical experience in therapeutics and the management of ocular disease, and will become an effective educator while gaining an appreciation for the significance of research and other scholarly activity.

Time Commitment

The Residency year is from July 1 to June 30.

The resident is expected to be in clinic five days per week, Monday-Friday from 8am to approximately 5pm. Urgent care follow-up may involve patient care outside these hours, but there are no on-call responsibilities.

Time Allotments

  • Eye Clinic: 4.5 days per week.
  • Cataract Surgical Observation.
  • Low vision: One day per week (more at resident’s request).
  • IVFA follow up continuity with ophthalmology (injection and interpretation).
  • Independent study time: 4 hours per week.
  • Ancillary clinic rotations: Minimum of 12hrs during the residency year.

Didactic Requirements

  • One paper of publishable quality.
  • Three oral case presentations; the resident will be expected to travel to the program locations.
  • Journal Club monthly.
  • V-tel CE with Portland VA Eye Clinic.

Requirements for Residency Completion

  • 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.


  • Salary: $32,018.
  • Eligible for federal health benefits and insurance programs.
  • Vacation accrued at a rate of ½ day per 2 week period.
  • Sick leave accrued at a rate of ½ day per 2 week period.
  • Malpractice coverage while on official duties at the VA Medical Facility.

Admissions Eligibility Criteria

  • U.S. citizenship.
  • An optometry degree from an accredited optometry school (ACOE).
  • Passage of NBEO I, II, and TMOD.
  • If male, registered with Selective Service prior to their 26th birthday. This can be obtained at (www.sss.gov). Applicants should enter their information online and do a screen print of the registration information and include it in your application materials.
  • Cumulative GPA 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for their optometric education.

How To Apply

Deadline: February 1

Step 1

Use the button below to apply for a residency via the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) program.  The Optometry Residency Match (“ORMatch”) is an application service and match that places applicants into optometry residency training positions.


Step 2

In addition to applying via ORMatch, the following must be submitted to the residency coordinator (see below) by February 1

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • One page statement regarding desire to complete this residency program<./li>
  • Provide transcripts of all college-level course work, including undergraduate, graduate and optometry school.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • NBEO Part I, II and TMOD (forwarded from ORMatch).
For information on nondiscrimination in federally conducted education and training programs, see VHA Directive.

Selection Procedure

  • 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.
  • Final candidate selections are reviewed by the Residency Director and the approved list is submitted to ORMatch by the Residency Coordinator.
  • ORMatch contacts the program with the results of the match.
  • The program coordinator and the program director contact the matched candidates and confirm their intent to enroll in the residency program.

Residency Coordinator

Marla Plecha, OD, FAAO, Eye Clinic Supervisor
VA SNHCS Eye Clinic
2296 Kietzke Lane
Reno, NV 89502-2597

Tel: 775-786-7200 ext 6050
Fax: 775-326-5743