Primary Eye Care Residency Program
Welcome to Womack Army Medical Center’s
Primary Eye Care Residency Program!
Description of Program
This 12-month residency program provides U.S. Army Optometrists with advanced clinical training and expertise in the areas of ocular disease diagnosis and management, vision rehabilitation, and primary care in a hospital-based setting. This program is available to active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with an obligated commitment to the U.S. Army. The resident spends a majority of her/his time at the Womack Army Medical Center, working as an integral part of a multidisciplinary team in providing patient care. Numerous opportunities are provided to the resident to rotate in ophthalmology specialty clinics and contact lens fitting as well as other specialty clinics within the medical center. Multiple opportunities for continuing education, lectures, and conferences are 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. This program is affiliated to the Northeastern State University of Oklahoma, College of Optometry (NSUOCO)* and it is fully accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE).
a. Possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited program (by starting date)
b. Pursue a full and unrestricted optometry license in any US state by starting date (and obtain within one year)
c. Competitive GPA
d. Successfully complete Parts I and II of the NBEO examinations
e. Submit completed U.S. Army application materials
f. 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.