Primary Care/Contact Lens

Eglin Air Force Base

Site 1:
        96 AMDS/SGPFE
        307 Boatner Rd. Ste 114
        Eglin AFB, FL 32542
        Phone: 850-883-8611
        Fax: 850-883-1267

Type of Practice: Military Hospital


Number of MCO students per rotation: 1

Orientation Instructions:
1.  Contact Dr. Darrell Grise's office 6 weeks prior to the beginning of your rotation to verify dates, times, directions, parking, and any other instructions.   Regarding the inprocessing paperwork, please contact Sherri Prejean at 850-883-8080 or  email

2. Report to the address listed above the first day of the rotation for orientation to policies, clinical protocol, administrative procedures, etc. 

3. Housing arrangements:  Students have traditionally rotated through a furnished apartment.  Please work out lease details with the student and apartment manager before your rotation to ensure a smooth transition.   

4.  A background check is required before your rotation starts. (Please check with Sherri Prejean to see if you still need this) 

5. VACCINATIONS:  Bring a copy of your immunication record to include the completion of HEP B series and tetanus.  The TB test is a two step process
 and the 1st TB Test must be done within 60 days of arriving at your rotation, the 2nd TB test must be done within 30 days of arrival.  They will not administer the test on base, so don't forget these steps.  (Send a copy of the new TB tests to Elizabeth Spedoske at MCO 137C.)

6.  A copy of your CURRENT CPR CARD is also required.  

7.  The scanned EGLIN AFB contractor access badge AFFIDAVIT must be completed and sent to TSgt Richard Baugh, via email: or fax (850) 883-1267 FOUR weeks before the first day of your rotation.  Be sure to include specific dates of the rotation. Eglin Badge Pass Request Form

*Arriving without the information and preparations above will delay the start of your rotation. Please call (850) 883-8080 if you have any questions.*

Canadian students must complete an additional form called the Commercial Visit Request and forward to Dr. Darrell Grise. ( Eglin Commercial Visit Request)

Park your automobile on the street past the hospital.  Enter through the back door with the overhang.  Upon entering the first floor, go to the first hallway on the right to the Education and Training Office, which is the third one on the right.

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: 
            Dr. Darrell Grise, O.D.


    Clinical Teaching Faculty: 
       Melissa Simmons, O.D., FAAO
        Darrell Grise, O.D. 

    Support Staff: 5 Optometric Technicians/Assistants

    Operating Hours: M-F, 7:00am-4:00 pm
    Hours of direct patient care for extern per day: 6 (30 per week)
    Number of patients seen by extern per day: 8-10

Educational Objectives:

Scope of the Externship:

Chart of Patient Examinations


* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 410

Rotation 2 = 473
Rotation 3 = 537

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 446

Rotation 2 = 245
Rotation 3 = 662

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 600 

Rotation 2 = 525
Rotation 3 = 776

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 329
Rotation 2 = 537

* Average Number of Patient Examinations 
Rotation 1 = 380 

Rotation 2 = 540
Rotation 3 = 449

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





- Psychology

- Psychiatry

- Neurology

- Geriatric Medicine

- Rehabilitative Medicine

- General Practice Medicine

- Internal Medicine

- Dentistry

- Diabetes

- Hypertension

- Dispensing Pharmacy

- Clinical Pharmacy

- Family Practice

- Ophthalmology

- Dermatology


- Computerized Visual Field Analyzer

- Fundus Camera


- BIO with condensing lens

- Fundus Non-Contact Lenses

- Gonioscopy Lenses

- Autorefractor/keratometer

- Trial lens sets in every office

- Direct ophthalmoscope/streak retinoscope in every office