Primary Care/Health

John Dingell (Detroit) VAMC

Site 1:
        Optometry Clinic
        4646 John R.
        Detroit, MI 48201
        Phone: 313-576-1000 x64018 or x64016
        Fax: 313-576-1025

Type of Practice: Veterans Administration Hospital and Outpatient Clinic


Number of MCO students per rotation: 2

Orientation Instructions:
You should contact Dr. Varanelli 6 weeks prior to the first day of the rotation to verify dates, times, directions, parking, and any other instructions.  YOU MUST:

  1. Prior to the first day of the rotation provide Dr. Varanelli with your email address and phone number.
  2. AT LEAST two weeks prior to the first day of the rotation contact Ms. Deb Clapp in the Surgical Office to be certain all of your Ferris Connect John Dingell VA (Detroit)  on-line forms have been completed properly.   Interns will NOT be allowed to see patients until this has been completed.
  3. Here is the link to follow:     Forms to fill out: WOC Appointment Request, OF 306, VA 0711, Mandatory training for Trainees, and the National Rules of Behavior.

Report to the above address on the first day of the rotation at 8:00 a.m. for orientation to policies, clinical protocol, administrative procedures, etc.  Completion of Hepatitis B series is required (unless waiver is signed) and annual TB testing must be completed.  BE CERTAIN TO TAKE YOUR CURRENT CPR CRD, TB TEST RESTULTS CARD, AND HEP B (OR WAIVER FORM) TO EACH OF YOUR ROTATION SITES. You also will be required to provide a photo drivers license or passport and social security card or original/certified copy of birth certificate.

If you have any questions, please contact our office at (231) 591-2202 (Elizabeth Spedoske, Assistant Dean’s Office) or (231) 591-3845 (Dr. David Durkee, Director of Externships).

    Contact Person: 
Jeanette Varanelli, O.D., Chief
Clinical Teaching Faculty: Jeanette Varanelli, O.D., Chief
    Other Clinical Mentors:
Chad Gallatin, O.D.
Craig Swanson, O.D.
Luciana Coscione, O.D.
Phil Elston, O.D.  Optometry Intern Director
Arlene Gold, O.D.
Jaime Zadoff, O.D.
Support Staff:
5 Ophthalmic Technicians, 3 LPN

    Operating Hours: M-F, 8:30am-5:30pm
    Hours of direct patient care for extern per day: 7-9 (35-40 per week)
    Number of patients seen by extern per day: 7-10

Educational Objectives:

Scope of the Externship:

Chart of Patient Examinations



* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 324
Rotation 2 = 406
Rotation 3 = 541


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 709
Rotation 2 = 387
Rotation 3 = 533

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 601
Rotation 2 = 492
Rotation 3 = 680


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 249
Rotation 2 = 520
Rotation 3 = 501

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 528

Rotation 2 = 827 

Rotation 3 = 248

PC - Primary Care, CL - Contact Lens, VT - VT Evaluation, LV - LV Evaluation, PD - Pediatric, OD - Ocular Disease, F/U - F/U to monitor Tx plan, PRE - Pre-op, POST - Post-op, SC - Screening/ total numbers, SU - Surgeries observed




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- Dispensing Pharmacy

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- Respiratory



Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer


Fundus Camera

Posterior Segment Camera

BIO with condensing lens

Fundus Contact Lenses (Goldmann, Zeiss, 90, 78, 28)


Gonioscopy Lenses (Zeiss, Goldmann)





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