Residency Program

A strong tradition

The Baltimore VA is home of one of the longest running VA-based Ocular Disease Residency Programs in the entire country. Our program is ACOE Accredited and affiliated with Salus University Pennsylvania College of Optometry. A certificate is awarded upon successful completion of the program.

What started as a small program in 1979 at the Loch Raven VA Hospital, has since relocated to the Baltimore VA Medical Center and has grown to include six residency spots annually. This highly competitive program has trained over 125 doctors since its inception. Our current stipend, set by the Office of Academic Affairs, is $38,774.

ORMatch Application Deadline: February 1

Why Baltimore?

We believe in the importance of career-long learning and the future advancement of optometry. As such, we provide our residents with didactic and clinical training that enable them to diagnose and manage patients with a variety of ocular and systemic conditions. The program is designed to provide the learning resources necessary to promote professional growth, while delivering high quality eye care to our patients.


Our program emphasizes didactic learning to supplement your clinical education and to build a strong foundation for future learning. This is accomplished through:

  • Weekly Journal Club
  • Weekly attendance of Grand Rounds at Wilmer Eye Hospital
  • Weekly conference, including lectures by students, residents and attendings
  • Poster submission for a major optometric conference
  • Grand Rounds presentation at PCO
  • Written Case report of publishable quality
  • Opportunity to lecture at Wilmer CE Event
  • Access to most major Ophthalmology Journals and Texts through VA Library

While the Baltimore VA provides ample opportunity for patient encounters, we believe that variety provides an opportunity to produce a well rounded clinician. As such, our residents rotate outside of the VA Medical Center once a week to gain experience in various sub-specialties and modes of practice. External rotations include:

  • Specialty Contact Lenses
  • Retina
  • Pre- and Post-op cataract
  • Cornea and external disease
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Glaucoma

Questions about our residency program? Contact our Residency Program supervisor. Rigoberto Arteaga, OD