Residency in Family Practice Optometry

Keller Army Community Hospital
Building #900A
West Point, NY 10996

Program Supervisor
Charles Tessman, OD
Phone: (845) 938-7714
Fax: (845) 938-7195

Additional Faculty
Mary Davidian, MD

Program Description
This is a 12-month program based at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, NY. It is available to active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with an obligated commitment to the U.S. Army. The clinic population is composed of cadets, faculty, staff, active-duty dependents, and retirees. The program provides advanced clinical training for military optometrists. This program employs full scope optometry with a significant portion in the fitting and management of contact lenses and contact lens complications.. The resident will also rotate through ophthalmology and consult with other hospital specialty clinics. The resident spends approximately 15% of the time at SUNY in a joint didactic program with other SUNY residents.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation Military pay
Hours Per Week 45
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline February 1
ORMS Matching Service No

Educational Opportunities
The residency program includes rotations with ophthalmology and interaction with other hospital clinics. The resident will attend optometry conferences (military and civilian) as well as army courses specific to medical and optometric interest.

Teaching Responsibilities
Teaching skills are developed by assignment with optometry interns.

Research Responsibilities
Minor presentation, major presentation, and publishable paper required; opportunities for research available.

Full health coverage, regular military benefits, 30 days leave per year (15 days can be taken during the residency year)

OD and obligated commitment to the U.S. Army through the Health Professions Scholarship Program and/or ROTC.

Mission Statement
The mission of Keller Army Community Hospital’s Family Practice Optometry Residency is to provide advanced clinical competencies in the provision of eye, vision, and healthcare for military optometrists. Additionally, the resident will gain advanced leadership and administrative skills to provide optimum health care to a supported population. Upon completion of the program, the optometrist will have gained the skills to manage a diverse and complex patient population, in wartime or peacetime.

West Point Residency Curriculum