Ocular Disease Residency - Wilmington VA Medical Center
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Wilmington VA Medical Center


Ocular Disease Residency

The mission of the Ocular Disease Residency Program at the VAMC Wilmington, DE, is to provide continued post doctoral training for optometric practitioners desiring to advance their clinical training beyond that of entry level optometric practice. The program emphasis is on the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular disease in the veteran population through active participation in the patient’s health care team.

Program Overview:
  • Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • One year in length (July 1st to June 30th)
  • Affiliated with the Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
  • Stipend given ($37, 676)
Academic Activities:
  • Weekly scheduled academic programs (i.e. lectures by the Optometry/ophthalmology staff, journal article reviews, Case presentations by students or residents)
  • Working alongside our glaucoma, cornea and retina specialists to provide comprehensive eye care to our patients
  • Presenting 3 case presentations throughout the year at the hospital and one grand rounds presentation at Salus University
  • Rotations with Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Infectious Disease and Neurology
 Special Features:
  • Health insurance available
  • Professional liability insurance through the Federal Tort Law
  • Annual Leave and Sick Leave
  • Authorized absence for attendance at a professional meeting
  • Free Parking
  • On-site Free Gym
  • 10 Paid Federal Holidays
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Prior to matriculation, applicants must have attained the Doctor of Optometry (O.D.) degree from a school or college accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education
  • The applicant must have earned an O.D. degree from an accredited school or college of optometry prior to the start date of the program.
  • The applicant must have taken and passed parts I, II, and III of the NBEO exams.
  • The applicant must be a citizen of the United States.
  • All applicants will be evaluated without regard to age, sex, race, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, or physical or mental disabilities.
  • Prospective residents must apply through the ORMatch (http://www.natmatch.com/ormatch/)
Key Dates for Residency:
  • October 2, 2019: ORMatch registration opens for applicants
  • December 2019 – January 2020: Interviews conducted  
  • January 31, 2020: NBEO Score Cutoff Deadline
  • February 18, 2020: NMS Match System opens to enter rankings
  • March 6, 2020: Rank Order List deadline
  • March 16, 2020: ORMatch results are released
  • July 1, 2020: Residency begins
  • June 30, 2021: Residency ends