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Primary Eye Care Optometry Residency Program


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.


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  • Program Overview
    • 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 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.

  • Program Curriculum
  • Prospective Applicants
    • All eligible Army applicants are solicited to apply for the residency via the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message. A list of application materials is included in the LTHET message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps and includes a DA Form 3838, Commander's Memorandum, Transcripts, DA Photograph, Memorandum from the Optometry Consultant at the Office of the Surgeon General and a signed/dated officer record brief (ORB).

      Admissions eligibility criteria include: 1.Possess a Doctor of Optometry degree from an accredited program (by starting date) 2.Pursue a full and unrestricted optometry license in any US state by starting date (and obtain within one year) 3.Competitive GPA 4.Successfully complete Parts I, II, III and TMOD of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry examinations 5.Submit completed U.S. Army application materials 6.U.S. Army active duty status.

      The applicant must have a Doctor of Optometry degree by the time of matriculation from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education. All residency applications will be reviewed without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.

      The program application deadline is April, one year prior to start date.

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Program Supervisor
(910) 907-6504

Fax: (910) 907-8521


Building 4-2817
2817 Reilly Road
Fort Bragg, NC 28310

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