Program Description

This one year residency at the Marion, IL VAMC will provide extensive clinical experience in primary care with treatment and management of ocular disease as well as low vision rehabilitation.  The resident will assist with direct patient care and the teaching of student interns.  Other responsibilities include attending and/or lecturing at seminars.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the optometry residency program at the Marion, Illinois VA Medical Center is to provide optometric graduates with extensive clinical training and experience in a multidisciplinary health care setting. Residents develop advanced competencies in eye, vision, and health care by providing eye care to patients with multiple medical problems. Residents participate in regular educational activities and develop skills beyond what is necessary for an entry-level position. The program encourages critical thinking and gives the residents the opportunity to understand ocular disease in greater depth while practicing in a hospital-based setting.

Educational Opportunities

The resident will attend weekly optometry clinic conferences where discussions of various ocular disease or low vision topics will take place.  The resident will engage in case discussions of specific patients as they are seen in the clinic.  The resident will participate in journal club discussions two to three times per month. In addition, the resident will be encouraged to conduct their own literature research and complete a document of publishable quality as well.

Teaching Responsibilities for Resident/Graduate Student

The resident will provide some supervision of optometry students during the last half of the program.  The resident will also provide lectures approximately every other month to students and the rest of the optometry staff.

Research Responsibilities

Residents are required to write a paper of publishable quality or present a paper or poster at a national meeting.

Other Information

Starting date on or about July 1. Expected weekly hours: 40.  8 weeks of on-call duty.


  • O.D. degree from an ACOE accredited school or college of optometry prior to the residency start date
  • Successful completion of Parts I and II of the NBEO examinations
  • U.S. citizenship
  • Submission of required application materials
  • Eligible for state licensure

Requirements for Completion Certificate

  • Complete the entire residency year
  • Attend clinic every day as assigned
  • Attend optometry conferences (every Thursday) as well as preparing for and participating in these discussions
  • Present case reports and/or reviews of ocular disease topics to the eye clinic staff at least four times during the year
  • Take call for the equivalent of approximately 60 days during the last eight months of the program
  • Precept fourth-year optometry students during the last half of the residency
  • Attend a regional or national optometry conference
  • Attain at least a 3.0 rating on a scale of 5.0 on performance evaluations
  • Write a manuscript of publishable quality
  • Complete an exit interview with the Program Supervisor


Contact Info: 

Linda Lucas, O.D. 
Program Coordinator 
Marion VA Medical Center
2401 W. Main St.
Marion, IL  62959

618-997-5311 ext. 54679