Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award


Douglas W. Hopkins, OD, FAAO, passed away in March 2007. He obtained his Doctor of Optometry degree from the Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University in 1979 and maintained a private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. Dr. Hopkins served as Chair of the Primary Care Section and Chair of the Primary Care Section Diplomate program. To honor his memory and longtime commitment to both the AAO and AOF, his wife, Roberta Hopkins, many colleagues, friends, and donors helped to establish a fund in his name that provides one primary care resident support and recognition for taking the extra step to receive additional training.

Residency training is becoming an increasingly important aspect of optometric training. A post-OD residency program significantly advances a graduate's preparation as an eye-care provider and provides additional experiences in instruction and scholarship. Many schools and colleges of optometry now require residency training as a basic prerequisite for new clinical faculty.

The Douglas Hopkins Residency Award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of Primary Care Optometry by providing incentive and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to practice, research, and education in primary care.

Eligibility and Award

Any optometrist currently serving (2014 – 2015) in a primary care/family practice residency through an accredited school, college of optometry or veterans administration facility may apply. Anyone who has yet to begin a residency or who has already completed their residency by the deadline is ineligible.

The Douglas Hopkins Residency Award is $2,000 plus one $750 travel fellowship to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Optometry in October 2015 in New Orleans; where the recipient will spend volunteer time at the AOF Exhibit Booth and be presented their travel check and a plaque at the annual AOF Celebration Luncheon on Saturday, October 10th.

One award will be granted.

Applicant must also be either a student member or candidate for Fellowship of the AAO. To learn more and become a member visit:


The deadline for application is May 1, 2015.

Application and Review Procedures

Applicants should read an article by Dr. Hopkins and then write a one-page essay on the importance of primary care to optometry and  their future as a primary care optometrist.

The application must also include:

  1. Cover page that lists the applicant name, any degrees, facility of residency, optometric institution under which serving residency, current and permanent address information, email and phone contact information.
  2. The applicant’s education, clinical, research, and teaching experience, typically in the form of a CV.
  3. A brief description of the residency program and the names and email addresses of the three people you have contacted to submit letters of recommendation*.
  4. A one-page statement of career goals plus a brief statement indicating if you are student member of the American Academy of Optometry or what your timeline is for becoming a Fellow.
  5. *Three letters of recommendation from persons qualified to comment on educational qualifications, research abilities, and potential.  One of which must be the Residency Director or Program Coordinator of the Institution. These should be emailed separately by the recommender.

Applications and letters of recommendation must be submitted electronically (preferably as a PDF file) to Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator:

Please include "Hopkins Residency Award" and applicants last name in the subject line.

Applications will be reviewed and a selection made by the American Academy of Optometry’s Primary Care Section, or another group selected by the AOF Board. Applicants will be evaluated on the basis of their educational background, their ability, and their potential to advance in their career.

Program Notes

Prior to window open, guidelines for any given program are subject to change by the AOF and/or the award sponsor. Applicants are reminded to please review all information before submitting their application to ensure it meets all criteria.

All award recipients by application and acceptance of an award agree to allow the AOF and/or the sponsor of the program to which they applied to publish their name, image, institution information, and any statement or quote provided by the recipient. These will appear in a variety of media formats that will announce and promote the program including, but not limited to, the AOF and/or sponsor annual report, website, annual meeting promotional materials.

For additional information contact Tracy Kitts, Foundation Coordinator, at: 321-710-3936 or


ORLANDO, FL (June 16, 2014) – Mark Emmanuel Lao Landig, OD, primary care/geriatric resident at the West Los Angeles Veterans Affairs Health Care Center under the guidance of the Southern California College of Optometry at Marshall B. Ketchum University; and 2013 graduate of University of California, Berkeley, School of Optometry was chosen by a committee of members in the Primary Care Section of the American Academy of Optometry (AAO) as this year’s recipient for the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Residency Award.
Douglas W. Hopkins, OD, FAAO, was a leader within the Primary Care Section and the Academy who passed unexpectedly in 2007. In his honor, friends and colleagues established the Douglas W. Hopkins Primary Care Fellowship Fund. With their generosity and that of Doug’s widow, Roberta, the fund quickly became fully endowed and the first award was issued in 2012.
The award is intended to promote the practice and development of the field of Primary Care Optometry by providing incentive and support to talented optometric residents who demonstrate a passion and commitment to further clinical experience, research, and education. Pauline F. Ilsen, OD, FAAO, Residency Program Coordinator at Dept. of Veterans Affairs, West Los Angeles, said “Dr. Landig has proven himself to be quite capable of handling our complex patient population. His strength is his ability to communicate effectively with patients, fellow trainees, support staff, and other healthcare personnel.”
Of the 10 applicants who applied to the program, Mark presented an impressive resume of experience in clinical, volunteer service, research, and lecture presentation experience. Mark will receive a $2,000 education award and a $750 travel fellowship to attend Academy 2014 Denver annual meeting in November.
The American Optometric Foundation (AOF) is a 501(c) (3) philanthropic organization that develops and provides financial support for optometric research and education in vision and eye health to Improve patient clinical care and is an affiliate of the AAO.