Future Students & Residents | Academic Programs

Albuquerque VA Medical Center

Program Site:

Albuquerque VA Medical Center



Application Deadline

February 1

Program Coordinator/Contact:

Suchitra Katiyar, MPH, OD
Albuquerque VA Medical Center
V.A. Medical Center
1501 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5154  

  Telephone: (505) 265-1711 x5620
  Fax: (505) 256-5743
 E-Mail: Suchitra.Katiyar@va.gov



Mission Statement:

The residency program in Primary Eye Care at the Albuquerque VA Medical Center seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates, and to provide them with advanced knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in primary eye care with a major focus on diagnosis and management of ocular disease. Provision of direct patient care will provide the cornerstone of residency instruction. Extensive experience with diagnosis and management of patients with diabetes mellitus, various forms of glaucoma, various forms of neurologic disease, and various forms of unusual ocular pathology will promote growth of the resident clinician.

Residents who complete the program are expected to: provide an advanced level of clinical care in primary care/ocular disease management; have the knowledge, skills and abilities to warrant appointment to a VA Optometry position; serve as educators and researchers in academic settings; and/or serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the area of ocular disease management.

Description of Program:

A hospital based program emphasizing primary health care including ocular therapeutics. Extensive experience is available in the management of patients with ocular and systemic disease.

Length of Program: 1 year
Starting date of program: July 1
Cost of tuition to resident/graduate student: None
Salary /Stipend: $32,024
Curriculum requirements in hours: 40 hours/week; 4 10-hour days
Date Program Established: 1979
Benefits (if applicable):Sick leave and vacation, travel stipend, medical and life insurance available

Accreditation Status:

Accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, 243 N. Lindbergh Blvd., St. Louis, MO 63141, 314-991-4100

Educational Opportunities:

Case review, direct patient care, attendance at interdisciplinary in-service meetings, self study, and research activities. Instructional and clinical work geared to improving skills in all areas of optometric care.

Teaching Responsibilities:

Presentations to residents and student externs.

Research Responsibilities:

Research is optional though residents are expected to complete a clinical paper suitable for publication.

Program Completion Requirements:

  1. Deliver clinical services at a level which demonstrates they have attained the core competencies of their program. This attainment will be determined through formal evaluations of the resident’s patient care
  2. Attend and participate in weekly Resident Seminar meetings
  3. Present a minimum of ten cases per year during grand rounds
  4. Attend one bi-monthly ‘Morbidity and Mortality’ meeting held in the hospital each month. 
  5. Twice per year, the resident will select and lead discussion and critical evaluation of 2-3 peer-reviewed journal articles during Journal Club
  6. The resident will construct a 1-hour continuing education lecture to be delivered to clinical faculty, fellow residents, and student interns
  7. Attend at least 2 Grand Rounds/Lecture presentations at the Department of Ophthalmology, University of New Mexico School of Medicine and/or Pacific Cataract and Laser Institute
  8. The resident will complete a publishable quality manuscript that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed professional journal based on either case review or original research
  9.  The resident must obtain a state Optometric license by the end of the program
Candidates must apply through ORMatch.

Selection criteria for resident positions are based upon the following guidelines.

The applicant must:
  1. Doctor of optometry degree (OD) from an Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE) accredited school or college of optometry.
  2. Be a U.S. citizen.
  3. Furnish complete transcripts of all optometric education.
  4. Furnish a Curriculum Vitae or Resume.
  5. Furnish a letter of intent which describes the candidate's expectation and goals for the residency program.
  6. Arrange letters of reference from three clinical instructors who have supervised the applicant. The letters should detail the clinical skills of the applicant.
  7. Participate in an interview perferrably on-site.
The University of Houston College of Optometry and the Veterans Health Administration affirm that all residency applicants will be evaluated without regard to sex, race, color, creed, national origin or non-disqualifying physical disabilities.

Recruitment and application materials , including the VA residency brochure and application form, can be found on the VA Optometry  website at https://va.gov/optometry/education_and_training.asp

Applicants will be selected based on their clinical skills, optometric knowledge, academic performance, communication skills and how well the candidate's residency goals match the residency program.

Application materials and procedures can be obtained by writing:

Suchitra Katiyar, MPH, OD
Albuquerque VA Medical Center
V.A. Medical Center
1501 San Pedro, S.E.
Albuquerque, NM 87108-5154  

  Telephone: (505) 265-1711 x4143
  Fax: (505) 256-5743
 E-Mail: Suchitra.Katiyar@va.gov