Primary Eye Care Residency Program
Program Mission Statement
The mission of the Residency in Primary Care Optometry at Womack Army Medical Center is to provide advanced clinical training for military optometrists with emphasis on ocular disease and trauma, medical/therapeutic contact lens fitting, and primary vision and eye health care, allowing the resident an increased professional capacity to manage a diverse and complex patient population.
This program is reserved strictly for military optometrists and provides you with an opportunity to gain advanced clinical training and expertise in the areas of ocular disease diagnosis and management, vision rehabilitation, and primary care in a hospital-based setting. You will spend a majority of your time at Womack Army Medical Center, working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team in providing patient care. You will be provided numerous opportunities to co-manage patients with ophthalmology and perform specialty contact lens fits, as well as co-manage with many other specialty clinics within the medical center. Multiple opportunities for continuing education, lectures, and conferences will be provided. A research paper or case report is required, as is a poster presentation at a national optometric meeting. Teaching is another important aspect of this program, with opportunities to become involved in didactic and clinical education of optometry students, optometrists, and other health care providers.
Possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited program (by starting date)
Pursue a full and unrestricted optometry license in any US state by starting date (and obtain within one year)
Successfully complete Parts I, II, III of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
Submit completed U.S. Army application materials
U.S. Army active duty status
Active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with obligated commitment to the U.S. Army through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and/or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). All eligible Army applicants may apply for the residency via the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Applicants apply approximately 18 months prior to the expected residency start date.