Optometry Residents


Interested candidates to our residency program may find additional information on the Marshall B. Ketchum University web site at www.ketchum.edu or by contacting the Optometry Residency Coordinator, Dr. Erin Havens via email at ehavens@grhc.org.

Applicants should visit the OR Match website for details and instructions to officially apply. Be sure to submit all supplemental materials required by OR Match directly to Dr. Havens at:

Hu Hu Kam Memorial Hospital Eye Clinic
P.O. Box 38,
Sacaton, Arizona 85147

Supplemental materials include the following:

  • Letter of Intent – a brief statement detailing your desire to complete a residency at Hu Hu Kam Curriculum Vitae
  • Official Optometry school transcripts
  • Three official letters of recommendation, preferably from Optometrists or Optometry school professors who have worked directly with you and who can attest to your clinical abilities.

Letters must be sent hard copy directly from your letter writers. Exceptions will be given to email copies sent directly from VA sites, schools of Optometry or Optometry clinics on official letterhead.

The final OR Match match generally takes place the first week in February or the first week in March, approximately 4 months prior to the residency start date of July 1st.

Applicants usually begin submitting their application materials around November or December up through the February OR Match deadline. Remember, considerations may be made about other candidates while awaiting your paperwork, so you are encouraged to submit the required documents in a timely manner.


  • 4 staff preceptors from 4 different schools of Optometry, all with unique perspectives on patient care and disease management
  • 4 day work week, 3 day weekends
  • Opportunity to work alongside a co-resident for mutual support, advice & camaraderie
  • The best of both worlds in terms of education and experience — close to a big city, with exposure to a high prevalence of ocular disease within a rural community
  • Well-appointed clinic with the latest in ophthalmic technology, including spectral domain OCT, HVF, FDT, GDx, topography, B scan and anterior/posterior seg cameras.
  • Only 30 minutes from a major city center and airport
  • Plenty of opportunity to work with and mentor 3rd and 4th year student externs
  • Opportunity to see patients of all ages for a well-rounded patient experience
  • Extremely strong learning environment with guidance as well as opportunity for independent learning and autonomy
  • Opportunity to work closely with highly respected on-site retinal specialist, Dr. Pravin Dugel from Retinal Consultants of Arizona
  • 3 case reports and/or posters assigned to prepare you for fellowship application
  • We promote from within, considering the strong bond we form with our residents during their time with us. In fact, over half of our current staff Optometrists were former Hu Hu Kam residents.
  • We are currently in the planning stage for a new hospital within the Gila River Indian Community, with the possibility for employment opportunities in the future.
  • We work hard and take our jobs very seriously, but like to have a lot of fun while doing so! We all love the profession of Optometry and enjoy mentoring top notch doctors!
  • We truly have a wonderful patient base within the Gila River Indian Community


The fundamental mission of our residency training program is to provide qualified post-doctoral optometric practitioners with outstanding educational experiences focused on general care optometry and ocular disease with additional specialized skills within a medical center and public health care system.

The program strives to create an atmosphere that fosters compassionate appreciation for the needs of patients from all backgrounds, especially for the Native American population which the residency serves.

The following information is provided as a guide to familiarize residents with Gila River Health Care’s vision to be the premier Native American health care system to serve the lifelong needs of the Gila River Indian Community.

For additional information, contact:
Dr. Erin Havens
Optometry Residency Coordinator

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