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Eye Clinic physical address:

VA Monterey Outpatient Clinic
Major General William H. Gourley VA-DOD Outpatient Clinic
VA Palo Alto Health Care System
201 9th Street
Marina, CA  93933
(831) 884-1082

Clinical Teaching Faculty:

Randall McPherran, O.D., F.A.A.O., Optometry Trainee Program Coordinator

Administrative Contact Person:

Vanessa Perez, Optometry Administrative Trainee Coordinator, (650) 493-5000 ext 68340,

Type of Practice:

  • VA Hospital
  • Primary care optometry in an outpatient setting with a large patient population of diabetes, cataracts, glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration and other pathologies.


  • Daily schedule of 9-11 patients per day.
  • Mainly male geriatric patients, age range 40 to 100.

Prerequisites for Student Interns

  • Clinic Jacket.
  • Scrubs okay (preferably blue).
  • Please see Externships Documentation and Immunization Requirements page for additional requirements.

Patient Services Provided

  • Provide vision care and prescribe appropriate visual aids.
  • Provide primary eye care services as well as diagnosis and treatment of anterior and posterior diseases. Patients are exposed to full-scope practice.
  • Outpatient Low Vision evaluation and training
  • Outpatient Polytrauma evaluation

Educational Objectives

  • Ability to detect, diagnose, and treat ocular pathology within the maximum scope of practice of optometry.
  • To improve efficiency, time management, technical and clinical examination skills.

Student Responsibilities

  • Compliance with all instructions and VA policies as directed by staff.
  • Professional appearance and attitude. Timeliness and dependability are requirements.
  • Students must wear clinic jackets with identification.
  • Students provide primary eye care services five days per week under optometry faculty supervision
  • Present one 15 minute oral case presentation of a patient examined during the rotation.
  • Completion of written case report of publishable quality.

Faculty responsibilities

  • Train and educate students to detect ocular abnormalities and provide proper assessment, plan, and follow-up care

College Affiliations

  • UCBSO, Western, SCCO

Miscellaneous Information

  • Brand new clinic, fully equipped and state of the art.
  • Located minutes away from the Cannery Row and the Monterey Bay Aquarium. Near the California State University, Monterey Bay.
  • Located off Highway 1.
  • Clinic hours are Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
  • No housing available.
  • Plenty of free parking available
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