Description of Program:
The KCVAMC Optometry Residency Program is the first, accredited, hospital-based optometry residency program in the United States. It has been in continuous operation for more than 25 years and has graduated more than 60 residents. There are three Ocular Disease/Low Vision Rehabilitation positions available each year. The program seeks self-starting, motivated individuals who enjoy learning and can work well in a multidisciplinary healthcare environment. Residents become proficient in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease. Additionally, residents utilize state-of-the-art equipment to diagnose, treat and rehabilitate people with vision impairment.

Program Mission Statement
The mission of the KCVAMC is to improve the health care of the served veteran population by providing primary care, specialty care, extended care, and related social services in an integrated healthcare delivery system.

The mission of the optometry residency program is to provide advanced training beyond the scope of that provided through the traditional four years of optometry school.  The resident is expected to learn new skills, beyond the entry level optometry degree, and to increase their ability to manage complex cases in an independent manner within the structure of a medical center.

Educational Opportunities:
Many academic opportunities are available to the resident. Hour-long morning lectures & presentations are augmented by Friday afternoon presentations by KCVAMC staff and grand rounds/lectures at the University of Kansas Medical School. The residents are also encouraged to attend national and regional education programs such as the Heart of America Contact Lens & Primary Care Congress in Kansas City and the American Academy of Optometry meeting.

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student:
During the second half of the residency, the residents take turns proctoring 4th year optometry students. We believe the best way to learn something is to teach it!

Research Responsibilities:
Residents are required to write a paper of publishable quality or present a paper or poster at a national meeting. Although research is not required, residents are encouraged to learn about and/or participate in ongoing projects at the KCVAMC.

Contact Info:

Dr. Timothy Harkins 
Director, KCVAMC Residency Program
KCVAMC
4801 Linwood Blvd
KC, Mo 64128
816-861-4700 ext 57434 

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