Skip to Top NavigationSkip to ContentSkip to Footer

VA Northern Indiana Health Care System: Fort Wayne Campus

Northern Indiana VAnorthern

2121 Lake Avenue
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Phone: 260-460-1442
Fax: 260-421-1823

Student Evaluation of Site

Type of Practice:in

Veterans Administration Hospital and Outpatient Clinic


  • In support of one of the three major missions of the Veterans Health Administration, the Fort Wayne campus of the NIHCS participates in the training of fourth year optometry students.
  • The optometry program is dedicated to providing a high level of clinical training and didactic education to its students so that upon graduation, they are prepared to deliver quality ophthalmic care to the public.

Number of MCO students per rotation:


Fort Wayne CampusOrientation Instructions:

Starting October 7, 2021 ALL VA's nationwide are requiring the COVID-19 Vaccination. This mandate has been established by the national VHA Office of Academic Affiliations in conjunction with the CDC, as it has been added to the CDC guidelines web site:

Much like the Influenza vaccine, all Health Professions Trainees (HPT) training in a VA facility must be fully vaccinated or have an exemption filed (medical or religious) with the Office of the Designated Education Officer at the VA using the following VA Form 10-263.

If an HPT is not vaccinated or filed an exemption by October 7, 2021, they cannot come to the VA.

Students will be contacted by Julie Adams 10 weeks prior to rotation with requirements and more details before starting the rotation.


If you have any questions, please contact (231) 591-3706 Dr. Daniel Taylor Director of Externships - [email protected] .

Fort Wayne CampusContact Person:

Lovelee Sayomac, OD, FAAO
[email protected] 

Julie Adams, Academic Affiliations
E-Mail: [email protected]

Fort Wayne CampusClinical Teaching Faculty:

 Other Clinical Mentors:

Matthew Anderson, O.D., FAAO
Aaron Case, O.D. , FAAO
Lovelee Sayomac, O.D., FAAO
Primary Care/Ocular Disease Resident (2)

Support Staff:

5 Ophthalmic Techniciansstaff
2 Scheduling Clerk
Optical with 2 opticians


Operating Hours:

M-F, 7:30am-4:00pm

Hours of direct patient care for extern per day:

8 (40 per week)

Number of patients seen by extern per day:


Educational Objectives:

  • To improve basic physical, psychophysical, and medical science foundations.
  • To further enhance and develop new technical clinical skills and testing protocols by providing clinical experiences with appropriate guidance by the faculty.
  • To further enhance clinical assessment, judgment, and management capabilities.
  • To improve knowledge of psychosocial factors, i.e. adjustment to vision loss or memory loss which affect patient attitudes and responses influencing patient understanding and compliance, especially in the geriatric population.
  • To expand professional communication and interdisciplinary (medical and non-medical) interaction capabilities.
  • To learn methods for continued professional development.


  • Not provided by the facility
  • Approximate cost: $450/mo.


  • Parks, Museums, Minor League Baseball, Hockey, Basketball, Concerts, Shopping, University, Symphony
  • Indianapolis: ~2 hours away; Chicago: ~3 hours away


  • 3 hours each week is set aside for formal lecture/conference
  • Reference library available for student use
  • Internet access available
  • The clinic accepts one student from MCO and one student from Indiana University

Multi-Disciplinary Health Services:


Auxiliary Equipment:

  • OCTa
  • Stratus time domain OCT
  • Anterior Segment Photographic Biomicroscope
  • IOL Master
  • Auto Lensometer
  • Handheld Slitlamp
  • BIO with condensing lens
  • B and A Scan Ultrasonography
  • FDT fields
  • TV?VCR - educational videos
  • Automated refracting station
  • Tonopen
  • Humphrey Visual Field Analyzer II, model 750
  • High Resolution Ultrasound Biomicroscopy and immersion A-Scan
  • Ultrasound Corneal Pachymeter
  • Gonioscopy Lenses
  • Fundus Non-contact Lenses
  • YAG, Argon, SLT, and CO2 Lasers
  • Autorefractor/Autokeratometer
  • Autorefractor/Autokeratometer
  • Autorefractor/Autokeratometer
  • Tangent Screen