VA Medical Center, Wilmington, DE

VA Medical Center
1601 Kirkwood Hwy
Wilmington, DE  19805

Phone: (800) 461-8262 x 4014
VA Medical Center

Externship Supervisor
Lisa Stottlemyer, OD
Phone: (302) 994-2511 ext. 4014
Fax: (302) 633-5358
Email: Lisa.stottlemyer@med.va.gov

Additional Faculty
Mira Aumiller, OD
Brian P. Mahoney, OD
Jason Rinehart, OD

Program Description
The Optometry Section provides primary eye care outpatient services to eligible veterans in the
surrounding area of Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. The average age of our population is 55-60 and predominantly male.  You will be exposed to a significant amount of ocular and systemic disease.  Approximately 30% of our patients are diabetic.  We currently manage about 300 glaucoma patients.  There is also a high prevalence of ARMD, optic nerve disorders and neurological conditions with ophthalmic complications.

The Eye Clinic consists of five fully equipped exam rooms for optometry and two for ophthalmology.  The other rooms consist of an ocular photography/ laser, nursing, shared equipment and visual fields rooms.  Patients are scheduled from 8AM till 3:30PM.  You are expected to be in the clinic by 7:45 am and all records must be completed prior to leaving for the day. 

Staffing includes 2 full-time optometrists, 2 part time optometrists and three full-time optometric residents.  There are 2-3 students during each quarterly rotation from PCO, SUNY, NOVA and ICO at this facility.  There is one full-time ophthalmologist, one part time ophthalmologist, two ophthalmology residents and ophthalmologic consultants in retina.

The student role is to perform comprehensive eye examinations on 8-10 patients per day. You will be responsible for completion of examination and are expected to perform like a clinician NOT A DATA COLLECTOR.   Students are expected to complete all reading assignments and actively participate in ALL educational activities including case presentations.

Optometry staff  has full therapeutic privileges including treatment of glaucoma patients and use of oral medications.  Students are actively involved in the therapeutic management of patients with glaucoma, anterior segment and systemic disease.  Most students find they are much more comfortable with management of ocular disease after completing this rotation.

Additional Program Information

  • Fundus lenses and Welch-Allyn handheld available.
  • Students able to use on site employee health facilities (must use in-groups of 2 or more)

Housing

Not provided (see below)

Equipment Required

None (except personal preference in equipment)

External Rotations

No

Housing
Housing is the student’s responsibility.  Drs. Stottlemyer/Mahoney can provide some guidance in finding and selecting housing in the area.  If you have any questions, please e-mail (preferred method) or call (302)994-2511  (x4665) to speak with Dr. Stottlemyer  or Dr. Mahoney.

Directions to Clinic
From New York (approximately 2 hours): take 295 South through New Jersey into Delaware (crossing over the Delaware Memorial Bridge).  Stay on 295 south  to 95 south in Delaware. 
Take exit 5 (about 10 minutes after entering Delaware) which is Route 141 (northbound) for about 1.5 miles to exit 6 (route 2 east). Route 2 is Kirkwood Highway.  The hospital is about ½ mile on the left on Kirkwood highway.  Parking available around the back of the hospital.  The eye clinic is located on the 6th floor (east wing).