Primary Care Optometry - Ocular Disease

Sponsor: VA Portland Health Care System (VAPORHCS), 3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd., Portland, OR 97239

Academic Affiliate: Pacific University College of Optometry, Forest Grove, Oregon

Residency Program Introduction Video


This residency program offers qualified Doctors of Optometry an educational opportunity for exceptional and broad-based development as an optometric practitioner. The educational experience will concentrate on the delivery of primary eye and vision care to a predominantly outpatient Veteran population from Oregon and Southern Washington. Primary eye and vision care experiences include, but are not limited to, ocular disease management, binocular vision, contact lenses, and low vision. Compassionate and individualized patient care is expected. An interdisciplinary approach to the delivery of health care will be cultivated, and full utilization of the medical center and University resources will be encouraged. Residents will also develop clinical didactic teaching skills.

Residency Program Coordinator: 

Weon Jun, OD, FAAO

Residency Program Faculty: 

Rick Burk, OD (PCLI - Tualatin)
Amara Callahan, OD
Kirk Halvorson, OD
Weon Jun, OD, FAAO
Rebecca Kline, OD, FAAO
Oliver Kuhn-Wilken, OD (PCLI - Tualatin)
Shannon Lutz, OD, FAAO
Molly Phan, OD, FAAO
Jonathon Thomas, OD
Grace Tsan, OD, FAAO
Mark A. Williams, OD

Length of Program: 52 weeks (July 1st through June 30th)

Number of Positions: 4

Salary: $47,001 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident

Hours: Compressed tour (Four 10 hour workdays per week); the Eye Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leave: Residents earn 13 days paid annual leave and 13 days paid sick leave per year. There are also 11 paid Federal Holidays annually.

Professional Liability Protection: The U.S. Government accepts responsibility for the actions of its employees during exercise of official duties. VA residents are protected by the Federal Government in instances of alleged malpractice or negligence resulting from performance of their duties in or for the Veterans Health Administration.

Health Insurance Benefits: The VA provides full medical health insurance to residents.

Certificate of Completion: 

  • A certificate of completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements.
  • Fulfillment of program participation for the duration of the program year, as outlined within orientation materials from the program and educational affiliate.
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation for the weekly optometry clinical seminar at least once per quarter program year.
  • Preparing and delivering a presentation at the annual PUCO Northwest Residents Conference.
  • Preparing a potentially publishable manuscript or research project.

Program Goals

Goal 1: Enhance the primary eye and vision care assessment and the management skills of the residents through significant broad-based clinical experience.

Goal 2: Foster the residents’ active participation as members of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Goal 3: Develop the residents’ skills as educators.

Goal 4: Encourage the residents’ pursuit of scholarly activities.


The optometry residents’ primary worksites are at the VAPORHCS Portland Division and Vancouver Division.  The residents will also have an opportunity to rotate through Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute - Portland.

VA Clinical Facilities

The VAPORHCS serves as the quaternary referral center for Oregon, Southern Washington and parts of Idaho for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The VAPORHCS is composed of two main divisions and eight community-based outpatient clinics (Bend, Community Resource and Referral Center (CRRC), East Portland, Fairview, Hillsboro, Lincoln City, Newport, North Coast, Salem, The Dalles and West Linn CBOCs). The VAPORHCS’ Eye Care Team (Ophthalmology & Optometry) has clinical facilities at both the Portland and Vancouver Divisions, the Salem CBOC and the Bend CBOC. All of the clinical facilities are well equipped and adequate in size to serve both the patients’ needs and the residency program’s educational objectives.

Portland Division VA Eye Clinic

The Eye Care Team’s clinical facility at the VAPORHCS’ Portland Division is shared by Optometry and Ophthalmology, and it includes 18 general eye exam rooms, one low vision room, and additional exam rooms for VF, digital retinal imaging, OCT, HRT, Optos Silverstone, minor procedures, lasers, Lenstar, corneal topography, echography, etc.

Vancouver Division VA Eye Clinic

The optometry residents also work at the VAPORHCS’ Vancouver Division in Vancouver, Washington which is about 10 miles (16 km) north of Portland. The eye clinic has 9 general exam rooms, one low vision room and additional exam rooms for special testing. Modern instrumentation includes Digital Retina Camera, Humphrey Field Analyzer 3, Heidelberg Retinal Tomography, Optos Silvertstone and Cirrus Optical Coherence Tomography. While most patient visits are for outpatients, this location also serves inpatients from the Rehabilitation and Long-Term Care (RLTC) Division & Community Living Center.

Non-VA Clinical Facility 

Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute - Tualatin
The Optometry residents will be exposed to a variety of ophthalmic surgical observation including cataract, refractive, pterygium, laser peripheral iridotomy, glaucoma MIGS, and corneal collagen cross-linking.  They will be exposed to perioperative care in the clinic with direct supervision.  PCLI takes referrals from local optometrists so this rotation will not only enhance clinical and surgical knowledge but increase communication skills required for co-management relationships.

Patient Demographics

The patient population at the VAPORHCS is 95% male with a mean age of 65. Patients present to the VA eye clinics with a wide variety of challenging ocular, visual, and systemic health problems. Supplemental clinical rotation at Pacific Cataract & Laser Institute-Portland provides experience with broader patient demographic.

Additional Information

Low Vision/VIST/BROS Program

Legally blind and visually impaired patients receive comprehensive examinations in our Low Vision Clinic as a component of their rehabilitation program. The residents work with an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team including of Optometry, the Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Coordinator, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS), Low Vision Therapist, Low Vision Medical Support Assistant and Orientation & Mobility Specialists.

Contact Lens Specialty Clinic

The VAPORHCS' Contact Lens Clinic provides patients with a variety of therapeutic contact lens services including keratoconic, aphakic, post-graft, and prosthetic lens fitting. The Cornea and Contact Lens Resident from Pacific University assists with this weekly specialty clinic.

Weekly Journal Club/Clinical Seminar

The VAPORHCS Optometry Section conducts a weekly three-hour seminar on Wednesdays for journal club, didactic presentations and clinical case discussions between program faculty, residents and students.

VA Optometry Grand Rounds

On the second Wednesday of each month, one hour of COPE-approved continuing education is presented nationally via webinars. These presentations are by a diverse group of interdisciplinary health care providers.

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds at OHSU Casey Eye Institute and Legacy Devers Eye Institute

On Friday mornings, one hour of continuing medical education is hosted by Casey Eye Institute and Legacy Devers Eye Institute. The presentations are by subspecialists in ophthalmology.

On other Friday mornings, residents attend an hour of continuing medical education at the Casey Eye Institute including Robert C. Watzke Imaging Conference. 

Ophthalmology Continuing Medical Education | Casey Eye Institute | OHSU

Ophthalmology Section

The Ophthalmology Section of the VAPORHCS has a close working relationship with the Optometry Section. Services provided by the Ophthalmology Section include general ophthalmology and subspecialist in cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, medical retina, strabismus, uveitis, and vitreo-retinal surgery. The Ophthalmology Section also has a strong educational component. Ophthalmology residents and subspecialty fellows from the Oregon Health Sciences University’s (OHSU) Casey Eye Institute and the Legacy Devers Eye Clinic provide patient care services in the integrated eye clinic at the VAPORHCS' Portland Division.

Library and Research Resources

Residents are provided access to the medical library resources of the VAPORHCS and Pacific University.

Scholarly & Indirect Patient Care Time

Each residents schedule includes 8 hours per week for indirect patient care time to be used for administrative time, research, independent study and other scholarly pursuits.

Computer Access

Computers with VA network and internet access from all VAPORHCS patient examination rooms and at workstations dedicated to the residents for indirect patient care activities.

Portland Living

Housing & Cost of Living

Portland is relatively affordable in comparison to other west coast cities.  Apartment rental rates average approximately $1800 per month in the Portland metropolitan area.

Commuting & Parking

Optometry residents have parking privileges, but parking at the VAPORHCS' Portland Division facility is scarce and employees are encouraged to use public transportation. Tri-Met is the regional public transportation system, which includes buses and light-rail trains.


Portland has been described as the city of books, beer, bikes and blooms. Portland has the personality of a small community and the activities and vitality of a large city. Outdoor adventures are readily accessible with Mt. Hood, the Oregon Coast, forests, and several rivers within 60 miles from the city limits.

Eligibility Criteria

Candidates must earn the degree of Doctor of Optometry from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education prior to the starting date of the residency.

Candidates must have passed the NBEO Part I and have taken Part II by the application deadline. The selected candidate must pass all parts before the start date of the residency. 

The selected candidate must be eligible to be licensed as an optometrist in the state of Oregon including certification to use topical and nontopical pharmaceutical agents with injections.

It is the policy of the VA Portland Health Care System to provide equal opportunity in employment for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination for all qualified persons; to prohibit discrimination in employment because of race, color, national origin, age, sex or disability; to ensure that the workforce profile will clearly reflect a meaningful distribution and utilization of minority and female employees, and to provide for the prompt, fair and impartial consideration and disposition of complaints involving issues of discrimination on ground of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability, or reprisal.

Only United States citizens are eligible candidates for funded residency positions sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs.

Application Process

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at

The application deadline is January 31.

Call or Email Today

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Weon Jun, OD, FAAO
Residency Program Coordinator

VA Portland Health Care System
3710 SW US Veterans Hospital Rd.
Portland, OR 97239

503-220-8262 ext. 54400 |