Primary Eye Care - Ocular Disease | Residency

Sponsor: VA Portland Health Care System-Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)

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


This one year program offers qualified Doctors of Optometry a residency experience in primary eye care at an advanced clinical level through direct participation in patient care to a predominantly geriatric population.  While working as part of an interdisciplinary team, the resident will enhance his|her experience in diagnosing and managing ocular disease, ophthalmic manifestations of systemic disease, and low vision patients.  The resident will also further his|her optometric knowledge by engaging in didactic and scholarly activities.

Residency Program Coordinator

Russell Jew, OD

Residency Program Faculty

Russell Jew, OD
Weon Jun, OD, FAAO
Maricely Gonzalez Macion, OD, FAAO
Shannon Lutz, OD FAAO
Ryan Bulson, OD, MS, FAAO
Ami Halvorson, OD, FAAO
Blair Lonsberry, OD

Length of Program: 52 weeks

Number of Positions: 1

Salary: $33,793 – not contingent upon productivity of the resident

Hours: Residents typically work 40 to 50 hours per week, and the Eye Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Leave: Residents earn 13 days paid annual leave and 13 days paid sick leave per year. There are also ten 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.

Program Goals

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

Goal 2: Foster the resident's active participation as a member of an interdisciplinary health care team.

Goal 3: Develop the resident's skills as an educator.

Goal 4: Encourage the resident's pursuit of scholarly activities.


The optometry resident’s primary worksite is at the VAPORHCS Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC). The resident will also spend one day a week at the VA Medical Center in Portland.

Clinical Facilities

The eye clinic is part of a freestanding 26,000 square foot outpatient clinic that includes primary care, mental health, physical therapy, lab, optometry, ophthalmology, podiatry, and plastic surgery. The clinic is located in Salem, Oregon, which is about 50 miles (80 km) south of Portland. The eye clinic has 8 fully equipped exam rooms with additional rooms for special testing. Modern instrumentation includes a Digital Fundus Camera, Humphrey Field Analyzer II, Spectralis HRA-OCT, IOL Master, Oculus Pentacam, Ultrasound, YAG/Argon laser, etc.

Salem Living

Housing & Cost of Living

Housing is not provided by the VA for the resident. The cost of living is 20% less expensive than Portland. Rents range from $650 to $1800 depending on type of rental unit. 

Commuting & Parking

Parking is free at the Salem CBOC. Transportation includes public transit from Salem-Keizer Transit, Amtrak service, and non-commercial air travel at McNary Field. Major roads include Interstate 5, Oregon Route 99E, and Oregon Route 22, which connects West Salem across the Willamette River via the Marion Street and Center Street bridges. 


Oregon’s capital, Salem, has a population of 164,549. It is located in the center of the Willamette Valley alongside the Willamette River, which runs north through the city. The city is home to Willamette University, Corban University, and Chemeketa Community College. 

Salem is set in the picturesque Willamette Valley in Oregon, one of the most fertile agricultural regions of the United States. A richly diverse cultural city, Salem has a historic downtown, state capitol, and several museums. Visitors can explore the beautiful gardens in this city, hike through ancient forests, savor wine at renowned wineries, or visit a charming hilltop abbey.

Salem has numerous historic properties such as the Deepwood Museum, Willamette Heritage Center, and the Bush House Museum that have been restored and preserved. The city is home to several Oregon craft brewers and the quality of their beer is legendary.

Salem's Parks Division is responsible for a park system encompassing 1,874 acres with 30 miles of trails, 46 parks, and another 55 open and undeveloped areas.  Minto-Brown Island Park is the largest at 1,200 acres.

The Oregon area is home to over 700 wineries and 1,000 vineyards making it the third largest producer of wine in the country. Numerous farmer’s markets, fairs and rodeos mark the start of springtime each year.

The Portland food scene spills over to all areas of Oregon and Salem is no exception with notable eateries dotting the city ranging from small mom and pop diners to neighborhood bistros serving up food normally found in the trendier parts of Portland.

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 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

For your application to be complete, please send a letter of intent, your CV, official optometry transcripts and 3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Russell Jew ( via e-mail by January 31, 2018 in addition to OR Match application. 

The application deadline is January 31.

Call or Email Today

For additional information about this residency opportunity, please contact:

Russell Jew, OD | Residency Coordinator             

Salem Community Based Outpatient Clinic
1750 McGilchrist Street SE
Salem, OR  97302

971-304-2210 |