Optometry Residency Mission, Goals and Program Outcomes - Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center
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Tuscaloosa VA Medical Center


Optometry Residency Mission, Goals and Program Outcomes

Mission Statement

The mission of the Residency in Primary Eye Care / Ocular Disease at the Tuscaloosa Veterans Affairs Medical Center is to provide a unique post-doctoral experience in a multidisciplinary setting with the intent of nurturing the residents’ development into exceptional optometric clinicians by broadening general skills and mastering additional specialized skills through independent patient care while adhering to supervision guidelines.



1. To solidify each resident’s patient care skills.
2. To expand each resident’s knowledge base by delivering care to patients with a wide variety of ocular and systemic diseases.
3. To provide residents the opportunity to interact with providers outside of optometry and to help them understand how a health care team operates in a multidisciplinary health care system.
4. To develop and improve the resident's scholarly activity skills including those required for the preparation and presentation of lectures and the process of manuscript preparation.
5. To equip residents with the necessary knowledge base and clinical skills for careers in specialty service or clinical teaching.


The educational objectives, learning activities, and expected outcomes of the Residency in Primary Eye Care / Ocular Disease include the following:


Clinical Activities

1. Residents will manage at least 1000 patient care encounters.
2. The residents will be the primary provider, within residency supervision guidelines, for patients exhibiting a variety of ocular diseases such as: diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, cataracts, acute red eyes, vein occlusions, age-related macular degeneration, inflammatory eye disease and others.
3. Residents will interact with disciplines outside the medical center through external rotations.  
4. Residents will consult with regional VA and non-VA ophthalmic sub-specialties.                                                                                                 
5. Residents will interact with medical disciplines inside the facility by completing internal consult requests.
6. Residents will manage patients requiring specialized testing and perform tests on these patients in sufficient numbers and at a level of expertise that is acceptable to the clinical staff.

Scholarly Activities

1. Residents must prepare a manuscript of publishable quality.
2. Residents must research, prepare and present lectures at specific times during the residency year.
3. Residents will select and present articles in Journal Club.

Didactic Activities

1. Residents will attend the weekly Residency Conference at the affiliate (UABSO), which will cover core topics of broad interest and specialty topics in primary care optometry. 



Program Information





UAB School of
Optometry *


Optometric Residency Matching Service*

  VA Optometry Service 


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Contact Information

Lisa L. Schifanella, OD, MS
Residency Supervisor
Tuscaloosa VAMC Optometry Clinic
3701 Loop Road East
Tuscaloosa, AL 35404
Phone:  (205) 554-2847
Fax:      (205) 554-4628


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