Stipend Rate Increase for Base Salary

Jan 9, 2023 | Optometry HQ Announcements

Memorandum: Award Letter Memo_Opt

The Optometry National Program Office and the Optometry Field Advisory Board (with its education subcommittee) submitted a proposal for optometry residency stipend adjustment to the Office of Academic Affiliations.

I am extremely excited to announce that those efforts were successful and optometry resident stipends will be 25% higher beginning in Academic Year July 1, 2023 – June 30, 2023!!!!

Locality-Based Stipends by VA medical facility for AY 2023-2024 can be found here: Locality-Based Stipends for AHE and Nursing (

Please be sure to update your residency informational material to reflect this substantial change.


Scott Slagle, OD, FAAO

Executive Director, National Optometry Service

Specialty Care Program Office (11SPEC)

National Surgery Integrated Clinical Community (ICC)

Office of Clinical Services (VHA 11)

Veterans Health Administration