Optometry stay | VA Spokane Health Care

Mission of the Optometry Residency Program

The fundamental mission of this training program is to provide qualified post-graduate students with a structured training experience that extends their development into exceptional optometric clinicians in primary care, geriatrics, eye diseases, specialty contact lenses and surgical co-management. . Upon completion of the assistantship, the clinician will emerge with enhanced clinical skills, knowledge and experience that will take them beyond entry-level practice and make residents suitable candidates for optometry positions in co-management, multidisciplinary settings and / or postgraduate optometric training.

Experience in patient care

This program offers a diverse experience in patient care.

The residents of the VA Eye Clinic see 13-15 patients every day. Here, residents are trained in basic ophthalmological care and are part of an interdisciplinary team that works to provide the veteran with comprehensive, high-quality healthcare. With a predominantly geriatric patient population, treating eye disorders is an integral part of the educational experience. In the eye clinic, the residents ensure direct patient care under the supervision of the attending physicians.

Program timeframe

Starting on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the following year.

Specific advantages of a VA optometry residence:

  • An outstanding 12 month (July 1 to June 30) clinical experience in patient care serving a challenging and rewarding veteran population.
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary environment where the resident learns to coordinate high quality primary optometric eye care services with other health care providers to maximize patient care outcomes and learning experiences.
  • Research and academic opportunities overseen by expert clinicians who are among the most widely published optometrists in the world.
  • Opportunity to focus either on primary eye care or in combined primary eye care / rehabilitation with poor eyesight.
  • Vacation, public holidays and sick days as well as approved absence for approved training.
  • Competitive annual salary.
  • Health and life insurance plans available.

Eligibility criteria

Applicants must be U.S. residents, have passed Parts I, II, TMOD, and Part III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry (NBEO), and a PhD in Optometry from an ACOE-accredited school or college by July 1 Have received optometry of the year of stay. Before completing the stay, the applicant must acquire a state license.

Program timeframe

Starting on July 1st and ending on June 30th of the following year. Specific advantages of a VA optometry residence:

  • An outstanding 12 month (July 1 to June 30) clinical experience in patient care serving a challenging and rewarding veteran population.
  • A stimulating interdisciplinary environment where the resident learns to coordinate high quality primary optometric eye care services with other health care providers to maximize patient care outcomes and learning experiences.
  • Research and academic opportunities overseen by expert clinicians who are among the most widely published optometrists in the world.
  • Opportunity to focus either on primary eye care or in combined primary eye care / rehabilitation with poor eyesight.
  • Vacation, public holidays and sick days as well as approved absence for approved training.
  • Competitive annual salary.
  • Health and life insurance plans available.

Applications

All applications are processed through the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMS). Applicants must also send the following documents directly to the Mann-Grandstaff VAMC Residency Program Director.

  • curriculum vitae
  • Transcripts of Optometric Training
  • Letter of Intent: a brief statement describing your wish to complete this stay
  • Two (2) letters of recommendation

On-site tours and face-to-face interviews can be arranged upon consultation with the Residency Program Director.

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