Residency Program in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Optometry

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Ave.
East Orange, NJ 07018

Program Supervisor
Malinda Cafiero-Chin, OD
Phone: (973) 676-1000 x3917
Fax: (973) 395-7188

Additional Faculty
Angela Tardanico, OD
Bruce Walker, OD
Janis White, OD
Catherine Chiu, OD
Mayur Bhavsar, OD
Joseph Cercone, OD
Michael Chocky, OD
Nicole Riese, OD

Program Description
This is a full-scope optometric program in a multidisciplinary hospital setting with emphasis on assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease and exposure to low vision. VANJ is located less than one hour from New York City and is comprised of two main campuses, East Orange and Lyons. The East Orange campus is located on 34 acres in the northeast section of the state, adjacent to the City of Newark.

The Lyons campus is located on 365 acres, 22 miles west of the East Orange campus. Each resident rotates between both campuses, allowing for exposure to varied clinical settings.

Training is accomplished through direct patient care, grand rounds and independent study. Taking full advantage of the multidisciplinary setting, the resident’s clinical experience will be enhanced by rotations in medical specialties such as primary care, endocrinology and diabetic education in addition to ophthalmic sub-specialties. Individuals who complete the program are expected to attain a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and ocular-systemic disease as well as practical applications of low vision.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 3
Compensation $39,956
Hours Per Week 40 hours
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline January 30
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
The resident will follow a curriculum, which includes advanced level reading assignments and grand rounds in topics related to optometric medicine. The resident will participate in the total primary health care delivery program and integrate with other medical and healthcare professionals at the Lyons and East Orange campuses.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident participates in the clinical education of fourth-year students from the following institutions: SUNY College of Optometry, Salus University, University of Houston-College of Optometry, Western University-College of Optometry and The Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry.

Research Responsibilities
There are no research opportunities at this facility. The resident is responsible for one 20 minute Minor presentation, one 50 minute Major presentation and one paper of publishable quality.

The resident is eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected.

Mission Statement
The Optometric Residency program at the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System is committed to expanding the knowledge of its residents in the delivery of primary optometric patient care, particularly as it pertains to ocular disease, in addition to providing exposure to low vision. The optometry resident is provided the opportunity to participate in the delivery of health care in a multidisciplinary hospital-based setting, with both a large outpatient and inpatient population. Our program strives to provide the resident with an environment that enhances clinical skills while also fostering the pursuit of scholarly activities.

New Jersey VA Curriculum
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