Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS)
Optometry Externship Program
The Optometry Externship Training Program, with the Department of Veterans Affairs at the Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System (CAVHCS) has established an externship rotation in Optometry. Optometry services are a part of the comprehensive health care services offered by CAVHCS. As a hospital-based training rotation, externs will have exposure and experience eye care that ranges from primary eye care to more complicated encounters requiring advanced diagnostic and therapeutic care of outpatients, inpatients and emergency room patients.
Since CAVHCS is a multi-disciplinary health care facility, externs will have the opportunity to spend clinic time in other specialty areas, such as cardiology, neurology and diabetes clinics.
Send completed processing packet to the following address:
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System
For assistance contact Mrs. McGraw at:
NOTE: Incomplete student processing packets will not be processed and you will not be able to start your residency training.
A complete background check including fingerprinting is required for all VA staff and trainees. Fingerprinting can be done at a VA near you and is highly recommended in order to expedite your background clearance. If you live in the near proximity to another VA please contact Ms. Golston at 334-272-4670, ext. 4096 and she can make arrangements for you to have your fingerprints completed at your local facility. If you have had your fingerprints checked by the VA within 120 days of your anticipated start date at CAVHCS, please provide Ms. Golston with the name of the VA where the fingerprints were checked.
If we are not able to have your fingerprints completed at least 2 weeks prior to your start date it may prolong your educational experience here at CAVHCS.
Upon receipt of your forms, our Human Resources department will contact you to arrange a time for you to come to the facility for fingerprinting and other entry processing requirements. a complete background check including fingerprinting is required for all VA staff and trainees. The following documents are required at time of fingerprinting: