Primary Eye Care—Ocular Disease | Residency

Sponsor: VA Roseburg Healthcare System, Roseburg, Oregon

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

Mission

The Optometry Residency in Primary Care/Ocular Disease—Department of Veterans Affairs, Roseburg, Oregon, seeks to provide an opportunity for recently graduated optometrists to advance their body of knowledge and experience beyond entry level.  The one-year program will concentrate on the delivery of primary eye care and management of acute and chronic ocular disease in a multidisciplinary setting under the guidance of experienced clinicians.

Residency Program Coordinator: Bryan Deck, OD

Length of Program: 52 weeks

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $32,018 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident

Hours: The normal hours of operation for the eye clinic are Monday though Friday 7:30 a.m.. to 5 p.m.. Four hours a week are allotted for professional development. Actual hours worked per week will vary between 40 and 45.

Leave: The resident accumulates 13 days of paid annual leave and 13 days of sick leave. There are also ten paid holidays annually. Absence may be granted for attending continuing education. Residents are now eligible to participate in VA employee health insurance for individuals and families. Contact the residency coordinator for more details.  

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 the performance of their duties in or for the Veterans Health Administration.

Health Insurance Benefits: The resident is provided information about healthcare benefits during the VARHS orientation.

Certificate of Completion: A certificate of completion is awarded upon satisfactory completion of residency requirements.

Program Goals

The program aims to fulfill its mission by attaining the following goals:

Goal 1: Improve the resident’s knowledge and skills to practice effectively in a primary care setting.

Goal 2: Create an environment that allows the resident to become competent and confident to independently manage the ocular and visual problems of the geriatric population.

Goal 3: Improve the resident’s ability to effectively co-manage medical / surgical eye conditions.

Goal 4: Integrate the resident into a multidisciplinary care team.

Goal 5: Ensure the resident attains an appreciation that the practice of optometry is a dynamic profession requiring lifelong study.

Residency Experience

Strengths of the Program

The resident can expect to manage 1,500 patient encounters during the year. The mean age of these patients is 69 years. There is ample opportunity to see many patients with glaucoma, cataract and macular degeneration. Eighty-five percent of patients seen by the resident have ocular concerns beyond a refractive error. The resident can anticipate seeing most urgent eye problems presenting to the hospital. Contact lenses are provided on a limited basis to patients that have an ocular condition necessitating contact lens use. The resident has the opportunity to participate in a week long training at the American Lake VAMC Blind Rehabilitation Center. This experience will assist the resident in providing low vision aids to the veterans in Roseburg who need them. The resident will provide pre- and post-operative care for veterans undergoing ophthalmic surgery locally and co-manage surgical cases referred to the Portland VAMC and local non-VA providers. Opportunity is available to observe ocular surgery as well as other hospital specialties.

Scholarly Activity

The resident is expected to complete a manuscript suitable for publication and present the topic as a continuing education presentation at the annual Northwest Residents Conference. Additionally the resident will make a presentation to the eye and/or medical staff in Roseburg.

Continuing Education

The resident is encouraged to attend continuing education throughout the year. Meetings sponsored by Pacific University or the Department of Veterans Affairs are typically at little or no expense to the resident. Authorized absence is granted for attendance to continuing education. 

Privileges

The resident will be granted privileges commensurate with demonstrated levels of clinical competence—however, the level of practice will not exceed that allowed by state boards of optometry. The resident is required to be supervised as per VA Chapter 26.

Performance Evaluations

The resident will grow as a clinician through frequent interactions with the residency coordinator. During these exchanges the resident will receive constructive critique of techniques and performance. The resident will receive written evaluations from the Residency Program Supervisor on a quarterly basis. The resident will evaluate the Residency Program Supervisor, attending doctors and the program biannually.

Worksite

The VA Roseburg Healthcare System (VARHS) provides general medicine, surgery, mental health, laboratory, radiology, rehabilitation medicine and dental treatment with sub-specialty services to include gastroenterology, urology, ENT, ophthalmology, optometry and orthopedics.

The Mental Health program provides treatment for substance abuse, vocational rehabilitation and PTSD for both inpatients and outpatients. Outpatient care locations include the Roseburg facility, the Eugene Health Care Clinic and Community Based Clinics in North Bend, Brookings and Gold Beach, California.

The optometry clinic consists of six complete examination lanes, a Humphrey Visual Field analyzer, Zeiss OCT, anterior and posterior segment cameras, A/B scan and cornea topographer.

Roseburg Living

Roseburg, Oregon is located among the many valleys of the Umpqua River. Numerous outdoor activities are readily available—both the Pacific Coast and the Cascade Mountains are within a short drive. Crater and Diamond lakes offer hiking, fishing and skiing. Roseburg enjoys a mild climate, which contributes to the timber and agricultural success of the region. Roseburg is 70 miles to Eugene, 90 miles to Medford and 180 miles to Portland.

Housing

Apartments and houses rent between $600–$900.  The VA hospital maintains a limited number of housing opportunities on site that are available on a first come first served basis.  There is no charge to stay in quarters. Please contact the resident supervisor for further information.

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 for state licensure and obtain licensure in a State, Territory, or Commonwealth of the United States, or in the District of Columbia before completion of the VA residency.

Candidates must be citizens of the United States.

 It is the policy of the Roseburg VAMC 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.

Application Process

Applicants will furnish an official transcript from his/her school/college of optometry. Interview and ranking priority is granted to applicants with a cumulative grade point average greater than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale in the professional optometric curriculum.

Three letters of recommendation are required.

Candidates must apply to this residency program through the Optometry Residency Match (ORMatch) online at www.natmatch.com/ormatch

Candidates who meet the eligibility criteria are ranked based on cumulative grades, board scores, letters of reference and interview. Interviews are encouraged to be in person on the Roseburg VAMC campus but phone interviews are acceptable.

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

The application deadline is January 31.

Call or Email Today

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Bryan Deck, OD | Residency Program Coordinator

VA Roseburg Healthcare System
913 NW Garden Valley Blvd.
Roseburg, OR 97471

541-440-1000 ext 45789 | 541-677-3103 (fax) | bryan.deck@va.gov