Primary Eye Care | Residency

Sponsor: Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC)
VA Portland Health Care System, Bend, Oregon

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


This Primary Eye Care Optometric Residency is a one-year post-doctoral training program sponsored by the Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) in Bend, Oregon, and is affiliated with Pacific University College of Optometry in Forest Grove, Oregon. 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 an outpatient veteran population from central Oregon and surrounding areas. Primary eye and vision care experiences include, but are not limited to: ocular disease management, binocular vision, 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 community based clinic and university’s resources will be encouraged. The resident will also develop clinical didactic teaching skills.

Residency Program Coordinator

Karen Wadhams, OD, FAAO

Residency Program Faculty

John Berreen, MD
Edward “Winter” Lewis, OD, FAAO
Michael Stauder, DO

Length of Program: 52 weeks

Number of Positions: 1

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

Hours:  The resident typically work 40 to 55 hours per week, and the Eye Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Leave:  The resident will 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 residents through significant broad-based clinical experience.

Goal 2: Foster the resident’s active participation as members 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.

Goal 5: Grow and enhance the resident’s knowledge base of low vision care.

Residency Experience

Weekly Clinical Seminar

The VA Portland Health Care System Optometry Section conducts a weekly two hour seminar for didactic presentations and clinical discussions between program faculty, residents and students.  The Bend CBOC will connect with Portland via video conferencing to participate with the live seminar.

VISN 20 Optometry Grand Rounds

On the second Wednesday of each month, one hour of continuing education is presented by live video broadcast from the VAPORHCS to all Pacific Northwest VA medical centers. These presentations are by a diverse group of interdisciplinary health care providers.

Devers Eye Institute's Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

On the first Friday of each month, one hour of continuing education is presented at the Devers Eye Institute and viewed at Bend CBOC via webinar. The presentations are by subspecialists in ophthalmology.

Casey Eye Institute's Ophthalmology Grand Rounds

On the third Friday of each month, one hour of continuing education is presented at the Casey Eye Institute and viewed at Bend CBOC via webinar. The presentations are by subspecialists in ophthalmology.

Ophthalmology Section

The Ophthalmology Section of the Bend CBOC has a close working relationship with the Optometry Section. Services provided by the Ophthalmology Section include general ophthalmology and subspecialist in cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and medical retina.

Scholarly Activities

The resident is required to author a manuscript suitable for publication and to present this work at the annual Northwest Optometric Residents’ Conference.


The resident will present a lecture at the annual Northwest Optometric Residents’ Conference prior to the completion of the residency program. The resident is also required to present for the VA Portland Health Care System Clinical Seminar at least once per quarter.

Continuing Education

The resident attends the weekly VA Portland Health Care System Optometry Section Clinical Seminar, the monthly VISN 20 Optometry Grand Rounds, Casey Eye Institute's Ophthalmology Grand Rounds and Devers Eye Institute's Ophthalmology Grand Rounds which are the primary didactic components to the program curriculum. The resident is entitled to attend VA and Pacific University sponsored CE at no charge per credit. The resident is also encouraged to attend national and regional continuing education programs. Pacific University provides the resident with a travel stipend, and the VA grants authorized absence for the resident to attend supervisor approved CE programs.

Clinical Privileges

The Optometry Residency Program Director must submit a Trainee Qualifications and Credentials Verification Letter to the VA medical center Director to verify that the resident is properly credentialed. The resident is not privileged at the VA. Their scope of practice at the VA is determined by the clinical privileges of their supervising faculty which are broad. The resident is required to be supervised as per VA Chapter 26 for patient care services delivered at the Bend CBOC. The resident must obtain an Oregon license with ATI certification, and the resident does receive clinical privileges for patient care activities at Pacific University Clinics.

Performance Evaluations

The resident will receive written evaluations from the Residency Program Supervisor, and the resident will evaluate the residency.

Scholarly & Indirect Patient Care Time

Each residents schedule includes 6 hours per week for indirect patient care time to be used for administrative time, research, independent study and other scholarly pursuits.


The resident’s primary worksite is at the Bend Oregon Community Based Outpatient Clinic (CBOC) of VA Portland Health Care System.

Clinical Facilities

The Bend Oregon Community Based Outpatient Clinic is a division from the Portland VA Medical Center. The Bend CBOC serves as the referral center for central Oregon, and surrounding areas for the Department of Veterans Affairs. The Bend CBOC Eye Care Team is made up of both Optometry and Ophthalmology. The clinical facility is well equipped and adequate in size to serve both the patients’ needs and the residency program’s educational objectives.

Bend CBOC VA Eye Clinic

The Eye Care Team’s clinical facility at the Bend CBOC is shared by Optometry and Ophthalmology, and it includes 6 general eye exam rooms, one low vision room, and additional exam rooms for VF, digital retinal imaging, OCT, minor procedures, lasers, IOL Master, corneal topography, echography, etc.

Bend Ophthalmology Clinics

The resident will have the opportunity to participate in subspecialist in cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and medical retina.

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 resident will work with an interdisciplinary rehabilitation team including: Optometry, the Visual Impairment Service Team (VIST) Coordinator, Blind Rehabilitation Outpatient Specialist (BROS), Low Vision Therapist, Low Vision Support Assistant and Orientation & Mobility Specialist.

Ophthalmic Imaging

The resident can schedule patients for optical coherence tomography, fluorescein angiograms, anterior or posterior segment photos, stereo fundus photos and B ultrasonography.

Library and Research Resources

Residents are provided access to the library resources of the Bend CBOC, Pacific University, and Oregon Health Sciences University. Access to the extensive ophthalmic library at the Casey Eye Institute is also available.

Computer Access

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

Bend/Central Oregon Living

Housing & Cost of Living

Housing is not provided by the VA for the resident. The overall cost of living is approximately 6.3% above the national average. Apartment rental rates average approximately $945 per month in Bend OR, and $700 in the Central Oregon area.

Commuting & Parking

The resident is providing parking privileges at Bend CBOC.


Central Oregon has been described as the best kept secret in destination travel! It is one of the United States’ up-and-coming leisure destinations with the unique combination of outdoor recreation and cosmopolitan sophistication. Bend, Oregon is at the foot of the Cascade Mountain Range in a high-desert setting with the Deschutes River running through the middle of town. Year-round outdoor activities include, but are not limited to: snowboarding/skiing, snow shoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, stand up paddle boarding and biking. Mt. Bachelor ski resort is only 30 minutes outside Bend’s city limit.    

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 PVA 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:

Karen Wadhams, OD, FAAO | Residency Coordinator

Bend Community Based Outpatient Clinic
2650 NE Courtney Dr
Bend, OR 97701

541-647-5268 |