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VA Muskogee Medical Center
Jack C. Montgomery VA Medical Center
Eye Clinic
1011 Honor Heights Drive
Muskogee, OK 74401
(918) 577-3000 x 3416
Fax: (918) 577-3664

Contact Person: Melissa Turner

Clinical Teaching Faculty: Melissa D. Turner, O.D., FAAO, Optometry Student Externship Coordinator

Type of Practice: VA Medical Center

Primary care optometry in a hospital setting with a large population of ocular disease, including diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma and other pathologies.


  • Our patient population is primarily geriatric patients and are predominantly male.
  • There are ~ 35-60 patients scheduled in the eye clinic per day.

Prerequisites for Student Interns

  • Please see Externships Documentation and Requirements page for additional requirements.


  • Students are not required to bring any equipment but may if they would like.
  • Each examination room is equipped with a BIO and fundus lenses.
  • Do not bring any tonometry probes or gonioscopy lenses due to internal sterilization guidelines.

Patient Services Provided

  • Comprehensive eye care to include the treatment and management of ocular disease.

Educational Objectives

  • To become more comfortable and confident in ocular disease diagnosis and management.
  • To improve efficiency, time management, technical and clinical examination skills.

Student Responsibilities

  • A willingness to work hard and learn while working as an integral part of a multi-disciplinary team in providing patient care at the VA Medical Center.
  • Compliance with all instructions and VA policies as directed by staff.
  • Professional appearance and attitude. Scrubs are allowed.
  • Timeliness and dependability are requirements.

Faculty responsibilities

  • Provide appropriately supervised clinical educational experiences, with emphasis in ocular disease and primary eye care.

Miscellaneous Information

  • Clinic hours are 8:00-4:30 Monday through Friday, although urgent care and patient care responsibilities may occasionally involve a later departure.
  • Parking at the facility is limited, additional parking is available off site with a shuttle to the facility. There is no parking fee.
  • Housing is not provided by the VA. However, information from previous students is available upon request.
  • A gym with fitness equipment is available at the medical center and students may use the gym at no charge.
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