The Optometry Residency Program at the San Francisco Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVA) 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.

Apply by January 1
3 positions available.

Program Goals

The goals of our residency program are 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. ┬áDuring their time here, the resident will develop the ability to function as a member of the health care team through participation in a multidisciplinary health delivery system, and will enhance their scholarly development in the knowledge of clinical eye care and communication of that knowledge.

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.

Requirements for Residency Completion

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.

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.


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 for 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.


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.


  • Annual Salary of $38,010.
  • 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.

Admissions Eligibility Criteria

  • US citizen
  • An optometry degree from an accredited optometry school (ACOE).
  • Cumulative GPA 3.00 on a 4.00 scale for their optometric education required.
  • Pass National Board of Examiners in Optometry Part I, Part II, and TMOD prior to ORMatch match.
  • If male, registered with Selective Service prior to their 26th birthday. This can be obtained at (www.sss.gov).

How To Apply

Apply by January 1

Step 1

Use the button below to apply for a residency via the Optometric Residency Match (ORMatch) program. ┬áThe 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 January 1:

  • Curriculum vitae.
  • Personal statement.
  • Official transcripts of optometric education.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • NBEO Part I, II and TMOD (forwarded from ORMatch).
  • A personal visit to the residency site for an interview is highly encouraged.
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

Andrew Mick, OD
VAMC Eye Clinic 112-A
4150 Clement St.
San Francisco, CA 94121

Tel: (415) 221-4810 x 4606