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the optometry residency team

Optometry Residency

We offer two optometry residency programs: Optometry with Ocular Disease Focus and Optometry in Ocular Disease with emphasis on Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation.

Residency Overview

The primary goal is to deliver exceptional education that exposes residents to cutting-edge technology in Gundersen Health System's highly respected Ophthalmology and Optometry departments and in a multidisciplinary healthcare setting.

Our one-year programs are affiliated with Indiana University School of Optometry. Selection for the residency positions occurs via the ORMatch website, and graduates from all optometry schools are eligible to apply.

What Sets Our Program Apart

  1. The culture at Gundersen is phenomenal. Medical education is a top priority and we value high-quality education while maintaining the well-being of our residents during their time at Gundersen.
  2. The most unique aspect of our residency is the relationship our residents have with Ophthalmology. Residents have the opportunity to work directly with the department and see complex patients they usually wouldn't. Residents also can walk down the hall and have a consult with any of our ophthalmologists, including specialists in glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastic, pediatrics and retina.
  3. Our setting is an outpatient clinic within a multidisciplinary healthcare center, which allows for convenient referrals for patients and the ability to order your own labs and imaging when indicated. This promotes excellent patient care while providing opportunities for residents to have inter-professional education and develop relationships with other departments.
  4. The Eye Institute at Gundersen has a large rural service area and patients come from up to 100 miles away for care, which leads to many complex and rare cases presenting to the clinic.
  5. Our clinics have state-of-the-art technology available for residents to use. The technology located on our main campus in La Crosse, Wis., includes Pentacam, Heidelberg OCT, including OCT- A, Humphrey visual fields, Optos with wide-field fluorescein angiography, specular microscopy, anterior and posterior segment photography, Sanet Vision Integrator, RightEye and B-scan.

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