Description of Program

Washington University in St. Louis is a private university in St. Louis, Missouri. The Medical
campus rests on property owned by BJC Healthcare. It consists of several large adult and
children’s hospitals, clinics, outpatient clinics, and affiliated community practices across St.
Louis County and St. Louis City.

The primary site for this training program is the Center for Outpatient Health, which is a large
outpatient center on the Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine Campus.
Specialty practices within this location include dermatology, women’s health (obstetrics and
gynecology), psychiatry, lab and radiology services, primary care, and neurology. In terms of
ophthalmology, specialties at this location include: comprehensive ophthalmology (medical
optometry), glaucoma, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, and retina.

There are 5 other multi-specialty eye clinics on t he School of Medicine campuses that house a
similar mixture of specialties similar to the Center for Outpatient Health. The secondary site for this training program is the Barnes Hospital Vision Clinic. This location is staffed by WUSTL

Program Mission Statement

The Mission of the WUSTL Optometric Training Program is to recruit and train qualified
graduate optometrists, and advance their clinical skills beyond entry-level competency through a training experience centered around a wide variety of systemic, ophthalmic, and refractive disorders. Graduates of the WUSTL Optometric Training Program will endure a rigorous clinical experience, which involves diagnosis and management of a high volume of patients presenting with a variety of ophthalmic and refractive conditions. Graduates of the WUSTL Optometric Training Program will have experience managing patients with complex medical histories which influence ocular health. Graduates of the WUSTL Optometric Training Program will be abreast with clinical research, literature, and scholarly activities.

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria

Selection Procedure:

  • Participation in the OR Match Service
  • Must submit letter of interest
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • Official optometry school transcripts.

Completed applications are reviewed, qualified applicants are interviewed and a ranking is submitted to OR Match which determines the final selection. Washington University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity.

Admission Criteria

  • Applicants must complete t he OR Match application by the deadline of February 1st.
  • Applicants must obtain an O.D. degree f rom an ACOE accredited program by the training program starting date
  • Preference given t o applicants with a GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale
  • Submit required application materials requested by each program
  • Must demonstrate eligibility to work in the U.S.
  • As per the state requirement for university employees, a criminal background check is required
  • Matched Applicants must:
    • pass all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry
    • pass all examinations required f or Missouri licensure
    • provide official optometry school transcripts prior to training program start date
    • obtain Missouri optometry licensure within 30 days of the training program start date

Program Benefits and Liability Coverage

  • Health Coverage
  • Professional liability insurance
  • Vacation
  • Paid sick l eave
  • Travel allowance
  • Dental / Life insurance

Requirements for Completion

  • Completion of 54 weeks of training program
  • Attending assigned clinic services
  • Attendance of journal club, grand rounds
  • Completion of 2 case reports of publishable quality
  • Presentation at UMSL Grand Rounds
  • Performance, via evaluations at minimum, 3.0 of a 5.0
  • An exit interview will be arranged with the training program faculty

Typical Weekly Hours

  • 40 hours per week


  • $45,000

Contact Information:

Optometry Training Program Coordinator: Angela Demetrulias, OD
Optometry Training Program Faculty: Jordan Jones, OD, FAAO and Nathan Tuttle, OD