Program Description

This one year residency at the Robert J. Dole VAMC in Wichita, Kansas will provide extensive clinical experience in Ocular Disease with emphasis in Primary Care and Geriatric Optometry.  The resident will assist with direct patient care and the teaching of student interns.  Other responsibilities include assisting with on-call and attending and/or lecturing at seminars.

Program Mission Statement 

Our mission, in conjunction with the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry, is to promote higher education by providing extended training beyond the scope afforded through a traditional optometric graduate program.  The resident will strive to enhance and expand upon their clinical skills of ocular disease, low vision, and health care through complex cases within the structure of a medical center, as well as advance didactic knowledge in the forms of research, publication and education. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be able to pursue professional opportunities requiring a high level of clinical expertise.

Educational Opportunities

The resident will serve in a supervisory role as well in the clinical supervision of third and fourth year optometry students. The resident will be involved in facility Grand Rounds and participate in lectures and journal club. The resident will be given Low Vision Rehabilitation journal articles at the start of the residency to discuss topics with faculty throughout the residency. This residency encourages the resident to consider a personal curriculum for future education in optometry, especially with Low Vision Rehabilitation. The resident will attend at minimum, one professional meeting, usually the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry. The resident will serve as a participating author in at least one research paper or literature review or case report suitable for publication in a refereed journal during the residency.

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.

Other Information

Applications deadline is February 1st. Starting date on or about July 1. 

Typical Weekly Hours

40 clinic hours a week, rotating with Optometry staff attendings


  • O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited program prior to the starting date
  • Successful completion of Parts I and II of the NBEO examinations
  • Submit required application materials
  • Prior to residency completion, the applicant is required to obtain state licensure
Requirements for Completion Certificate
  • Completion of the 12 months of residency attending the assigned clinic services  
  • Attending and presenting required lectures and grand rounds with students, staff and faculty
  • A manuscript of publishable quality or Poster/Presentation/Lecture presented at the regional or national meeting or completion of a research project
  • Attend the AAO, State Association meetings or the Heart of America CE Conference
  • Obtain a current state license to practice optometry
  • Attain at least 3.0 rating on a scale of 5.0 on performance evaluations
  • Pass Part 1, 2, and 3 of the National Boards in Optometry prior to start of Residency highly recommended. Failure to pass all National Boards will result in an incomplete residency.


Contact Info:
Michelle Dent, O.D.
Program Coordinator 
Robert J. Dole VA Medical Center
5500 E. Kellogg
Wichita, KS 67218
316-685-2221  ext 57104 or x 57100