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Mann-Grandstaff VA Medical Center


Student Program


The Spokane VA Medical Center Eye Clinic has an optometry program for forth year students at the Pacific University College of Optometry. There are two student positions that rotate on a quarterly basis.

The Rotation

Optometry students at the Spokane VA Medical Center perform every aspect of full scope optometric exams. They are responsible for primary eye care, emergency patients, and management of chronic eye disease such as diabetes, macular degeneration, and glaucoma.  Students provide patient care under the direct supervision of one of the attending staff doctors. The student will also have the opportunity to partake in pre/post operative cataract surgical care. 

Students are expected to devise an assessment and management plan for each patient prior to presenting to the attending doctor.  

Students take part in grand round case presentations or didactic education on a weekly basis. This includes lectures, case presentations, and literature reviews by staff, residents, or students. Each intern is required to complete a 20 minute PowerPoint case presentation before the rotation is complete. 

The Clinic

The Spokane VA Eye Clinic is an outpatient clinic providing primary eye care as well as management of chronic ocular disease. The clinic is staffed by three full time optometrists and a part time ophthalmologist. The staff optometrists are independently licensed practitioners credentialed and privileged to perform full scope optometry, including topical, oral, and injectable medications.

The Eye Clinic is located in an outbuilding on the grounds of the VA Medical Center. The clinic features eight modern exam rooms. Special testing equipment includes Stratus OCT, Visante OCT, fundus photography, anterior segment photography, corneal topography, pachymetry, and ultrasound), and a minor surgery room. At the beginning of the rotation interns are provided a fully equipped exam room to use throughout their stay. Students do not need to bring any equipment on this rotation, although some students prefer to use their own BIO if they don’t like the clinic’s Heine BIOs. Exam room computers have full internet access and Microsoft Office software installed. The Eye Clinic features the hospital-wide Computerized Patient Record System (CPRS). All patient records are completely computerized. All hospital records, including master problem lists, exam notes, imaging, labs, medication, doctor orders, and patient demographic data can be accessed through the computer terminal in each exam room. The CPRS system has proven to be an extremely valuable asset to patient care. 

The Eye Clinic is located in “building 30”, on the southeast corner of the VA complex.  

Housing in Spokane

No housing is provided to students on this rotation. There are many local apartment complexes that offer short-term leases. We will be happy to assist you in making advanced arrangements for housing in Spokane. Our current and former students are also good sources for housing information.

Additional Information

Each intern will need to submit fingerprints for security clearance before being granted computer access. This must be completed one month in advance of your rotation. Feel free to email us with any questions about the program. 

Prior to the beginning of your clinical rotation you must complete "Information Security Training" at This training is necessary for computer access. Please print your certificate once completed and bring with you on your first day of clinical rotation.

Click here to meet our students and see our photo album 

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Spokane VAMC
4815 N. Assembly St
Spokane, WA 99205-6197
Phone: 509-434-7032
Fax: 509-434-7132
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