Please note that interviews for 2021 may be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

What should you expect from the interview day?

Interviews are individualized, and a limited number of candidates are scheduled for each day.
We want to get to know you!

You will meet and spend some time with
each of the current residents during clinic hours.
This will give you a flavor of actual clinic experience.

You will meet faculty during the formal interview.
We will ask general questions.
 We will also include a sample of how we teach
in both clinic & conference settings.

How should you prepare for the interview?
Just be yourself ....

Typical schedule:

Arrive at Jesse Brown VAMC by 7:30 am. We will then drive the candidates to the
Hines VA Blind Rehabilitation Center arriving around 8:00 am

While at Hines VA, you will:
Tour the facility
Observe a low vision examination with the current resident.
Interview with Dr. Peter Russo.

Travel to Jesse Brown VA Medical Center arriving approximately 11:00 am.


While at Jesse Brown VA, you will:
Tour Medical Center
Meet faculty & residents
Lunch (provided) with an attending
Formal interview with attendings
Conversations with residents
Exit interview with Dr. Charles Kinnaird


The Jesse Brown VAMC is located at 820 S Damen Ave. Chicago.
The eye clinic is located on the 5th floor of the Ogden Bldg.

There is a parking garage with entrances on either Ogden Ave or Taylor St. You will be able to receive student parking rates ($5.75, cash only).

Bring your ticket to the clinic.

Public transportation is readily available both by train (The "L") or bus.

Both the Blue line (stopping at UIC Medical Center) and Pink line (stopping at Polk St) will place you within 2-3 blocks of the main entrance. Walk south on Damen from the UIC stop or west from the Polk St station.

To request more information or to schedule an interview please email Dr. Charles Kinnaird at:

Contact us:

Charles W. Kinnaird, OD, FAAO

Chief of Optometry

Jesse Brown VAMC

820 S Damen Ave

Chicago IL 60612

Tel:  312-569-7507

Fax: 312-569-7547

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