Residency Programs

SUNY, College of Optometry has been conducting year-long optometric residencies since 1974 (1974-1975 first class year), when the in-house Vision Therapy Residency was instituted. This was the first optometric residency program in the country and the third to receive accreditation status. Since that time, the residency programs affiliated with and at the College have expanded to include programs in the following areas, some with a combination of types: Cornea and Contact Lenses; Ocular Disease; Family Practice Optometry; Primary Eye Care; Pediatric Optometry; Low Vision Rehabilitation; Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation); and Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation and a Combined Residency/Graduate Degree Program.

Program sites include: NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health East New York; SUNY College of Optometry; Womack Medical Center at Fort Bragg, NC; BronxCare Health System; Fromer Eye Centers; Atlantic Eye Physicians, NJ; EyeCare Associates, CT; and four VA facilities in New York and New Jersey.

For more information on the SUNY College of Optometry’s Affiliated Residency Programs, please contact:

Diane T. Adamczyk, OD
Director of Residency Education
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036Email: dadamczyk@sunyopt.edu

SUNY College of Optometry Office of Residency Education: Residency Program Mission, Goals and Objectives:

The Mission of the Office of Residency Education is to provide the following to its residency programs, either sponsored at SUNY or affiliated with the College: educational direction, a didactic program and guidance in meeting accreditation requirements and the highest standards in residency education.

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Goal 1: To Provide a didactic curriculum for all programs to participate in.
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Objective 1: Establish and organize the SUNY didactic program (referred to as the “Friday Program”), which includes workshops, lectures, and seminars.

Objective 2: Establish and organize the “Core Curriculum” of the Friday Program.

Goal 2: To have all residency programs meet accreditation requirements, including achieving accreditation within one year of its establishment.
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Objective 1: Each residency program’s annual review will be reviewed to assure that each program is meeting Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, along with meeting the program’s mission, goals and objective.

Objective 2: New programs will become fully accredited within 1 year of its establishment.

Goal 3: To establish and expand residency programs which will train individuals to develop unique skills and competencies in one or more areas of optometric practice for current and future health care needs.
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Objective 1: Establish new residency programs based on needs assessment.

Objective 2: Provide residency programs that train an individual to achieve advanced clinical competencies.

Goal 4: To have well qualified residency supervisors.
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Objective 1: Evaluation of the residency supervisors two times per year by the resident.

Objective 2: Meet with the supervisors on a yearly basis to form assessment and improvement plans for both the program and their role as supervisors.

Goal 5: To have a well-qualified residency director to provide assistance and direction to the programs in the areas of accreditation, education, growth and recruitment.
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Objective 1: The Residency Director or a representative will attend recruitment opportunities at national meetings such as the American Academy of Optometry and American Optometric Student Association.

Objective 2: The Residency Director will provide assistance and direction to the residency supervisors for annual reviews and accreditation site visits.

Objective 3: The Residency Director will oversee the program’s educational component and work with the residency supervisor to assure and maintain the highest quality clinical education program.

Goal 6: To provide educational support to the residents.
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Objective 1: Provide the resident with resources to assist in meeting their pursuit of evidence based practice.

Objective 2: Provide funding, as available, to support residents who present at conferences.

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List of Individual Programs

Cornea/Contact Lens (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Cornea and Contact Lenses

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease
Anterior Segment

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
David Libassi, OD
Phone: (212) 938-5872
Fax: (212) 938-4146
Email: dlibassi@sunyopt.edu
Additional Program Faculty
Gregory Pamel, MD

Description of Program
This 12-month program is designed to enhance the individual’s understanding of contact lens design and application, as well as their potential impact on corneal physiology. Through direct patient encounter and supervision of third- and fourth-year interns, the Cornea and Contact Lens resident will gain experience primarily in the fitting of rigid gas permeable and custom soft contact lenses. The resident will work alongside senior Specialty Contact Lens Clinical faculty with extensive experience in fitting all lens designs. The resident will fit, manage and follow clinical cases of keratoconus, irregular cornea, post corneal transplant, rigid and soft prosthetic lenses, high myopia, high astigmatism, pediatric aphakia, as well as some disposable soft spherical and toric lenses. Additional clinical time is scheduled each week for the resident to work with a corneal specialist on the diagnosis and management of patients suffering with anomalies of the cornea.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMS Matching Service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Didactic educational requirements are primarily fulfilled by the SUNY Friday Program. This program of weekly seminars by select academic and clinical faculty is designed to reinforce the residents’ broad clinical experiences. In addition, the contact lens resident will attend an off-campus two-day clinical educational program in the fitting and management of ocular prosthetics. Certification of prosthetic training and subsequent patient care at the university provides the resident with a rare and desirable clinical skill. Finally, residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the American Academy of Optometry yearly educational meeting.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities, give both minor and major presentations to other residents and selected faculty, as well as present seminars to the third- and/or fourth-year students.

Research Responsibilities
Working directly with the program supervisor and the coordinator for clinical research the resident will be responsible for conducting his/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an on-going project. Such research will likely involve both clinical as well as laboratory research skills.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Mission Statement
The Cornea and Contact Lens residency, sponsored by the State University of New York State College of Optometry, provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in contact lens patient care.  The program will provide four main components; a clinical patient care component, a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in contact lens care; a teaching component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom educator skills; and research / scholarly activity portion.  The resident is scheduled for direct patient care in the areas of anterior segment and specialty contact lens care.

Upon completion of the program the resident will be qualified to provide high level patient care in the areas of contact lenses, corneal disease management, and pre / post corneal surgery. It is expected that the graduating resident should be clinically prepared to engage in collaborative contact lens research, conduct related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

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Ocular Disease Residency (Fromer Eye Centers) - Bronx, NY
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Category Title:
Ocular Disease

Program Area of Emphasis:
Cornea and Contact Lenses
Refractive and Ocular Surgery

Fromer Eye Centers
3130 Grand Concourse, Suite B6
Bronx, NY 10458
Program Supervisor
Marina Su, OD, FAAO
Phone: 718-741-3200
Email: msu@fromereye.com
Additional Faculty
Mark Fromer, MD
Anna Lange, OD, FAAO
Kimberly Uy, OD
Elsa Sheerer, OD

Introduction
Fromer Eye Centers (FEC) provides comprehensive eye care utilizing state of the art modalities and treatment options. The professional staff of ophthalmologists and optometrists have national reputations as top clinicians and educators. These doctors lecture on regional and national levels. .Treatments for cataracts, macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, glaucoma, corneal disorders, retinal detachments, uveitis and dry eye syndromes are offered. In addition, cosmetic and reconstructive surgery of the eyelid is done, along with utilization of Botox and the latest fillers for facial rejuvenation. The practice provides comprehensive examinations for eyeglasses, contact lenses and laser vision correction.

Most of the patients seen at FEC are referred by other eye care providers and physicians because of the highly specialized nature of the services offered. The latest surgical techniques and treatment options are provided.

Fromer Eye Centers is committed to the future of eye care and to providing expert medical care with compassion.

Program Description
The residency in Ocular Disease at Fromer Eye Centers will provide the resident with advanced clinical training and education necessary to deliver comprehensive ophthalmic care that meets the needs of a diverse population of patients having ocular disease. The resident will have responsibilities in patient care and patient education. They will also participate in emergency care as part of their on-call duties. The resident will be expected to provide a full range of ophthalmic patient care services with emphasis in the differential diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and visual pathway dysfunction. They will have the opportunity to work alongside ophthalmologists specializing in retina, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastics and pediatrics. They will provide pre- and post-operative care as well as co-manage refractive surgery patients and observe ocular surgical procedures. The resident will be a member of a multi-disciplinary optometric team and be responsible for appropriate utilization of the practice’s resources and personnel. Training will be accomplished through direct patient care, seminars, grand rounds and independent study. As a member of the FEC staff, the resident will also be expected to attend and participate in FEC staff meetings, trainings and retreats. These sessions will expose the resident to the inner workings and management intricacies of private practice.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,000
Hours Per Week 40 hours (Plus on-call: 2 months per year rotation monthly Mon-Fri)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
On-Call Responsibilities 2 months per year
ORMS Matching Service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Residents are covered by the malpractice insurance provided through the residency site.

Educational Opportunities
Formal case conferences will be provided by the SUNY Friday program. The Friday Program includes workshops at SUNY Optometry and joint Grand Rounds with residents in other college-affiliated programs. The resident will be required to attend a minimum of thirty-five (35) hours of Grand Rounds and/or workshops in addition to the Core Curriculum.

The resident will also be expected to read and review literature as part of a monthly Journal Club as well as participate in weekly case discussions administered by the on site residency supervisors.

Benefits
All full-time Residents are eligible for health insurance coverage under various options provided by the Practice. Optional coverage may be purchased by the Resident for their eligible dependents including domestic partners and payment of such premium would be through payroll deductions for their convenience. Vacation time is earned on a prorated and accrued basis throughout the year at a rate of 1.25 days per month. The following paid holidays are recognized by the Practice: New Year’s Day, Memorial Day, July 4th, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day. The practice provides the Resident with Medical Malpractice Insurance, occurrence type policy, with minimum levels consisting of $1 million/$3 million which specifically is intended to cover services rendered by Resident at the practice only.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have the opportunity to disseminate knowledge by presenting both minor and major presentations as part of SUNY’s didactic program.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at Fromer Eye Centers is to offer qualified optometrists advanced clinical training and education in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease in a private practice environment. The program will prepare the resident to work confidently and efficiently as part of a dynamic team of professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, opticians and administrative personnel.

The program has 3 parts:

      1. A patient care component that assures adequate numbers of encounters and diversity of conditions in an MD/OD private practice setting.
      2. A didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in ocular disease.
      3. A scholarly activity portion that will allow the resident experience in presenting clinical cases and educational material in an oral and written manner.

The resident will spend most of their time training in our Bronx office. They may also be scheduled in any of 5 locations at the discretion of the residency supervisor in order to best fulfill their residency requirements. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be qualified to provide high-level diagnosis and management of cases as well as be able to co-manage appropriately with ophthalmology, primary care physicians and other medical specialists. The resident will be prepared to work confidently in management of ocular diseases in both private practice and institutional settings.

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Ocular Disease Residency (Atlantic Eye Physicians) - Long Branch, NJ
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Category Title:
Ocular Disease

Program Area of Emphasis:
Primary Care Optometry

Main Address
Atlantic Eye Physicians
279 Third Avenue, Suite 204
Long Branch, NJ 07740
Residency Supervisor
Brian R. Hall, OD, FAAO
Phone: (732) 222-7373
Fax: (732) 222-7372
Email: brian.hall.od@gmail.com
Additional Program Faculty
Evan Krawitz, OD
Ronald W. Kristan, MD, FACS
Daniel B. Goldberg, MD, FACS
Robert J. Fegan MD, FAAO
C. Peter Bontempo, MD, FACS
Ravi Patel, MD, MS, MPH
Alan Tsai, OD
Paul Guerriero, MD
Jon Kristan, MD

 

Description of Program
The residency at Atlantic Eye Physicians offers outstanding clinical training and professional development in a private practice environment. Our residents enjoy the abundant resources available in a large full scope multispecialty practice and will receive advanced training in comprehensive eye care, emergency eye care, cornea, cataract, glaucoma, oculoplastic, retinal and neuro-ophthalmic disease. In additional to direct patient care the resident has the opportunity to observe cataract surgery, oculoplastic surgery and refractive surgery in our ambulatory surgery center. They observe intravitreal injections and fluorescein angiographies in our minor procedure rooms. The faculty offer expertise in all areas of specialization and are available to the residents for instruction and consultation. The resident will complete the program prepared to confidently provide the highest level of eye care.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 2
Compensation $41,000.00
Hours Per Week 40 hours/week
On call 8 weeks/year on rotating schedule
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
Liability Insurance Provided
Licensure Needed NJ
ORMS Matching Service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Residents are covered by the malpractice insurance provided through the residency site.

Educational Opportunities
Formal case conferences, one-on-one discussions as well as patient grand rounds will be provided by on-site supervisors. The resident participates in the SUNY Friday Program, which includes workshops at SUNY College of Optometry and joint Grand Rounds with residents in other college-affiliated programs.

The resident will complete assigned readings of journal articles and text books and present a monthly journal review summary to the residency supervisor.

The resident will be expected to attend at least one scholarly meeting and will have the opportunity to attend educational conferences at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
The resident may participate in ongoing research projects with the on-site supervisors. The resident is responsible for the preparation of 1 major lecture and 1 paper of publishable quality.

Benefits
Residents are eligible for health insurance coverage under various options provided by the Practice. Optional coverage may be purchased by the Resident for their eligible dependents including domestic partners and payment of such premium would be through payroll deductions for their convenience.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease at Atlantic Eye Physicians is to offer qualified optometrists advanced clinical training and education in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease in a private practice environment. The program will prepare the resident to work confidently and efficiently as part of a dynamic team of professionals including ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, opticians and administrative personnel.

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Residency in Ocular Disease (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Ocular Disease

Program Area of Emphasis:
Glaucoma
Retina

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
Dr. Sherry Bass
Phone: (212) 938-5865
Email: sbass@sunyopt.edu

 

Description of Program
The Residency in Ocular Disease at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry will provide the resident with training and education necessary to deliver advanced ophthalmic care that meets the visual needs of a diverse population of patients having ocular disease. Residents will have responsibilities in patient care, community outreach and patient education, clinical education and research. The residents will be expected to provide a full range of ophthalmic patient care services with emphasis in the differential diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and visual pathway dysfunction. Residents will also have opportunities to provide eye care in a hospital setting, observe refractive surgery patients and observe ocular surgical procedures. Residents will be members of a multi-disciplinary health care team and be responsible for appropriate utilization of facility resources and personnel. Training is accomplished through direct patient care, seminars, grand rounds, and independent study.

Educational Opportunities
Case conferences are provided by the program and on-site supervisors. The resident participates in a college sponsored program which includes workshops at SUNY Optometry and joint Grand Rounds with residents in other college affiliated programs throughout the year.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities, give both minor and major presentations to other residents and selected faculty, as well as present seminars in the Faculty Development Program. In addition, the resident may be directly involved in teaching during a student laboratory session during their residency.

Research Responsibilities
Working directly with the program supervisor or ocular disease faculty, the resident will be responsible for either conducting his/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an on-going project or case study.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Program Length 12 months
Required hours per week 40 hrs (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Number of positions 4
Compensation level $41,610
Starting date July 1
Accreditation status Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
Use forms matching service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Mission Statement
The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease, housed at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, is to offer qualified optometrists advanced training, education and research opportunities in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and to prepare the resident to become a clinical and didactic educator. The curriculum has four parts: 1) a patient care component that assures sufficient numbers of encounters and diversity of conditions in a variety of clinical settings both within the College and at external sites, including a hospital setting 2) a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in ocular disease 3) a pedagogic component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom teaching skills and 4) a research/scholarly activity portion. The resident participates in patient care in other of the College’s clinical units, on a limited and elective basis. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be qualified to provide high level diagnosis and independent or co-management of ocular diseases in private or institutional settings, engage in self-initiated or collaborative research and related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

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Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease (Hudson Valley VA)
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular disease

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Optometry Service (620-123)
2094 Albany Post Road
Montrose NY 10548
Program Supervisor
Jean Jung, OD
Phone: (914) 737-4400 ext. 2014
Fax: (914) 788-4373
Email: jean.jung@va.gov
Additional Faculty
Felicia Fodera, OD
Shelly Hay, OD
Becky Forman, OD
Miriam Rolf, OD
Kelly Thomann, OD
Dawn Tomasini, OD
Steward Wang, OD
Michael Ferri, OD
Lauren Feroli, OD
William O’Connell, OD

Program Description
This is a primary care optometric program with heavy emphasis on the diagnostic assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease. This program seeks to provide the resident with advanced didactic knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in a hospital setting. Individuals who complete the program are expected to attain a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease including those conditions associated with systemic diseases.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4 paid, 1 without compensation
Compensation $40, 516
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: WHEN (Weekends, Holidays, Evenings, Nights) rotating on a monthly basis with other residents)
Accreditation Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
The resident will follow a curriculum which includes seminars and lectures in topics related to optometric medicine as well as demonstrate proficiency in clinics such as internal medicine, neurology, infectious disease and vascular. The resident will assist in the provision of care in external satellite clinics run by the VA.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident participates in the clinical education of fourth-year externs from SUNY, NECO, ICO and PCO at Salus University.

Research Responsibilities
The resident may participate in ongoing research projects. The resident is responsible for the preparation of 1 major lecture and 1 paper of publishable quality.

Benefits
Eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected. Residents earn 13 days sick leave and 13 days annual leave.

Mission Statement
The residency at the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System (VA HVHCS) seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates for advanced optometric training in primary care and ocular disease. The residency strives to provide advanced didactic knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in a multidisciplinary setting. Individuals who complete the program are expected to attain a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and management of ocular diseases; in particular, ocular conditions associated with systemic diseases. Trainees completing the program develop advanced competence in medical optometry. Residents will pursue scholarly activities, develop student mentoring and academic skills and strive toward lifelong learning.

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Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency (Harbor Health VA) - Brooklyn, NY
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease
Glaucoma

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
New York Harbor Health Care System
Optometry Section/Surgical Service
112 800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209
Program Supervisor
Evan Canellos, OD
Phone: (718) 836-6600 ext. 6497
Fax: (718) 630-3573
Email: Evan.canellos@med.va.gov
Additional Faculty
Murray Fingeret, OD
John Laudi, MD
Michelle D’Amura, OD

Program Description
The goal of this residency program is to enhance the clinical skills of recent graduates with emphasis on delivering primary care optometry within a multidisciplinary environment and treating and managing a host of ocular diseases. There are 4 positions for the program, with equal time spent at each hospital. The St. Albans VA Hospital sits on 30 acre campus-like site in Queens, New York, near Kennedy Airport. It is about 3 miles from the Nassau County border and 20 miles from both the Brooklyn VA Medical Center and Manhattan. The Brooklyn VA Medical Center is located at the base of the Verrazano Bridge, adjacent to Fort Hamilton in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The St. Albans VA Extended Care Center, a division of the Brooklyn VA Medical Center has 225 beds serving as an out-patient clinic, domiciliary and an intermediate and extended care facility. The Brooklyn VAMC is a 275-bed acute care medical and teaching center. The Optometry section provides primary eyecare to inpatients and outpatients at the St. Albans VA Extended Care Center and the Brooklyn VAMC.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $40, 516
Hours Per Week 40
Accreditation Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
Conferences and seminars are held weekly. Ophthalmologic Grand Rounds, Retina Clinic and conferences are held weekly at the Brooklyn VAMC and SUNY Downstate Medical School. Three days per month are devoted to a college sponsored program which includes seminars at SUNY and a joint Grand Rounds meeting. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through other clinics in the hospital through the PRIME program. For example, general medicine, hematology/oncology, rheumatology and thyroid/diabetes clinic. Residents also have the opportunity to observe various ophthalmologic surgery like cataract extractions, trabeculectomy, etc.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident acts as clinical instructor for fourth year optometry students who rotate through the facility.

Research Responsibilities
Each resident is expected to write a publishable paper.

Benefits
Eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected. Residents earn 13 days sick leave and 13 days annual leave.

Mission Statement
The mission of the NY Harbor Health Care System (Brooklyn/St. Albans) is to afford the resident training and education to provide for the ocular and visual needs of a middle-aged to elderly population of veterans. Each resident will gain clinical experience in a primary care facility (St. Albans campus) and an acute care facility (Brooklyn campus). Each resident will be expected to diagnose and provide basic care in all aspects of optometry and advanced care in ocular disease with an emphasis on glaucoma. The resident will act as a full member of the healthcare team with the ability to utilize all hospital resources and services. Residents will be prepared to assume academic/teaching responsibilities as part of their function in a healthcare service environment.

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Pediatric Optometry Residency (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Pediatric Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Supervisor
Marilyn Vricella, OD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 938-4143
Fax: (212) 938-5819
Email: mvricella@sunyopt.edu

 

Description of Program

The mission of the Optometry Residency Program in Pediatric and Infant Vision at SUNY College of Optometry is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich clinical learning experience that focuses on advanced pediatric eye care in a multi-disciplinary setting.  Age of emphasis include infants, toddlers, preschool and school aged children.  Areas of emphasis include general pediatrics and children with special needs and other high risk populations.  The resident will gain exposure to multi-disciplinary child care including strabismus, amblyopia, myopia control,pediatric ocular pathology and neuro optometry, advanced ophthalmic equipment/ special testing, and visual and perceptual skills training.

Residents in Pediatric Optometry will become proficient in advanced levels of clinical skills, have exposure to diverse patient base in multidisciplinary setting which includes the University Eye Center of the SUNY College of Optometry as well as Woodhull Hospital.  The residents will have clinical teaching opportunities and multiple options for scholarly activity. The residency covers the breadth of primary and secondary pediatric vision care. Residents of the program will deliver advanced levels of clinical care in group health settings, serve as educators in optometric and/or related health institutions, and conduct clinical scholarly activity with the goal of professional leadership and social change in pediatric vision care for Optometry and in the greater community.  Individuals who complete the program will possess the skills and confidence to be able to deliver high levels of evidence based pediatric clinical care.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 2
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars are presented to the resident. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical settings provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for interns in the Pediatric clinics of SUNY.

Research Responsibilities
The resident may interact with faculty members regarding scholarly activity. Each resident is required to complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

In addition to the material requested by the ORMS matching service, please submit official undergraduate college transcripts and answers to the following questions to the Program Supervisor:

Why are you interested in the Pediatric Optometry Residency?
Briefly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician.
Do your professional school transcripts accurately reflect your abilities? If not, why not?
How do you view your role as a children’s healthcare provider? (In your answer, you can include your previous experiences with children.)

Mission Statement
The Residency in Pediatric Optometry provides advanced levels of clinical skills, teaching and the opportunity for scholarly activity. The residency covers the breadth of primary and secondary pediatric vision care. Residents of the program will deliver advanced levels of care in group health settings, serve as educators in optometric or related health institutions and conduct clinical scholarly activity with the goal of professional leadership and social change in pediatric vision care for Optometry and in the greater community.

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Primary Eye Care Optometry (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Residency Supervisor
Susan Schuettenberg, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4161
Fax: (212)938-5819
Email: sschuettenberg@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
The residency in Primary Eye Care Optometry provides a broad based clinical experience in all aspects of Primary Care. The residents expand their clinical knowledge by rotating through the SUNY Primary Eye Care Clinic in order to experience a wide variety of patient types. This includes both adult and pediatric patients, and patients requiring contact lens care, diagnosis of binocular anomalies, diagnosis, management and treatment of glaucoma, retinal disease, and emergency eyecare needs. In addition, the resident rotates through the SUNY Glaucoma Institute, Specialty Contact Lens service, Retina clinic and experiences urban clinical patient care at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. The resident gains experience in refractive surgery comanagement by rotating through TLC laser center in Manhattan. In a teaching capacity, the resident instructs first and second-year interns in the labs and supervises third-year interns in the Primary Eye Care clinic. Additionally, the resident can pursue specific clinical interests in vision therapy, low vision, pediatric and infant eyecare, head trauma, retina, neuro-optometry, cornea and specialty contact lens clinics.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 2
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
The resident is encouraged to attend graduate level seminars and workshops, SUNY sponsored continuing education events and national optometric conferences. In addition, close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical settings provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base. Moreover, there is the opportunity for optometric research, if the resident desires.

Research/scholarly Responsibilities
Residents are required to present one minor and one major optometric lecture. The resident is required to write at least one paper of publishable quality by the end of the residency.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Mission Statement
The Primary Care Optometry residency, at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides the highly qualified optometrist with the opportunity to advance in all aspects of Primary Care rendered to a diverse patient population. Opportunities are provided to diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of visual system problems, including ocular diseases, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases. The residency program provides:

* A broad based patient population, with sufficient numbers of encounters to supply a wide variety of conditions.

* A pedagogic component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom teaching skills.

* Scholarly activities and didactic components that allow the resident to increase his/her knowledge base, along with contributing to the literature.

When the resident completes the program, they will be qualified to provide a high level of diagnosis and management of a wide variety of visual disorders/ocular diseases, including co-management with appropriate physician referrals in both a private or institutional setting. In addition, the resident will be able to provide advanced care in an institutional and/or academic setting, along with being able to participate and pursue clinical teaching and lecturing.

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Ocular Disease/Primary Care Optometry (BronxCare Health System)- Bronx, NY
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Category Title:
Ocular Disease

Program Area of Emphasis:
Primary Care Optometry

BronxCare Health System
1650 Selwyn Ave, Suite 1C
Bronx, NY 10457
Program Supervisors
Alanna Khattar, OD FAAO DiplABO
Phone: (718) 960-2041
Fax: (718) 960-2045
Email: akhattar@bronxcare.org

Tybee Eleff, OD MS FAAO DiplABO
Phone: (718) 960-2041
Fax: (718) 960-2045
Email: teleff@bronxcare.org

Additional Faculty
Danielle Crane, OD FAAO
Joy Harewood, OD FAAO

Description of Program
The program will provide the resident with a rich clinical learning experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities in both hospital and community-based clinical settings. The resident will have the opportunity to provide primary eye care to patients of all ages, co-manage patients with complex ocular diseases with ophthalmology sub-specialists at BronxCare Health System, utilize advanced ophthalmic equipment and technology and observe surgical procedures. Morning lectures are provided by ophthalmology attendings at BronxCare, and the optometry attendings conduct seminars which include case discussions, journal clubs, and lectures. SUNY Friday Program lectures and workshops are available for the resident as well. After completing the program, the resident will have acquired a high level of clinical competency in providing full-scope optometric care as well as an advanced didactic education. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in the areas of patient care, optometric education and leadership within hospital-based as well as private clinical settings.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Average 3-4 days/month on a rotating basis with the ophthalmology residents)
Accreditation Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Provided by BronxCare

Educational Opportunities
• Attend morning lectures given by the ophthalmology attendings
• Attend SUNY College of Optometry’s Friday Programs which are both didactic and “hands-on”
• Participate in journal clubs and case conferences with optometry and ophthalmology attendings
• Attend to the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) Annual Meeting

Research/Scholarly Opportunities
• Present minor and major lecture presentations at SUNY College of Optometry
• Submit at least one abstract for presentation at a major optometric meeting (i.e. AOA, AAO, SECO)
• Prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed optometric journal
• Optional involvement in on-going research within the Ophthalmology Department at BronxCare

Benefits
• Yearly stipend of $41,610
• Additional pay for required on-call hours
• Protected educational time to attend optometric meetings and conferences
• Professional liability protection provided
• Access to SUNY College of Optometry’s libraries
• Health, dental, vision and other benefits provided by BronxCare Health System
• Paid time off for vacation and sick time
• 8 paid holidays observed per year
• Flexible spending account
• Access to discount tickets to many recreational activities in the New York City metropolitan area

Mission Statement
The mission of the Optometric Residency in Ocular Disease/Primary Care Optometry at BronxCare Health System is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist a rich clinical learning experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities in both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary health care settings. This program enables the resident to gain a high level of clinical competency in full-scope optometric care as well as acquire advanced didactic education. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in the areas of patient care, optometric education and leadership within hospital-based as well as private clinical settings.

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Primary Care/Ocular Disease Residency (VANJHCS) - East Orange, NJ
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease
Low Vision Rehabilitation

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
VA New Jersey Health Care System
385 Tremont Ave.
East Orange, NJ 07018
Program Supervisor
Malinda Cafiero-Chin, OD
Phone: (973) 676-1000 x3917
Fax: (973) 395-7188
Email: malinda.cafiero@va.gov
Additional Faculty
Angela Tardanico, OD
Bruce Walker, OD
Janis White, OD
Catherine Chiu, OD
Mayur Bhavsar, OD
Joseph Cercone, OD
Michael Chocky, OD
Nicole Riese, OD
Jaclyn Call, OD
Lauren Lusardi, OD

Program Description
This is a full-scope optometric program in a multidisciplinary hospital setting with emphasis on assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease and exposure to low vision. VANJHCS is located less than one hour from New York City and is comprised of two main campuses, East Orange and Lyons. The East Orange campus is located on 34 acres in the northeast section of the state, adjacent to the City of Newark.

The Lyons campus is located on 365 acres, 22 miles west of the East Orange campus. Each resident rotates between both campuses, allowing for exposure to varied clinical settings.

This is a full-scope optometric program in a multidisciplinary hospital setting with emphasis on assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease and exposure to low vision. VANJHCS is located less than one hour from New York City and is comprised of two main campuses, East Orange and Lyons. The East Orange Medical Center is located on 34 acres in the northeast section of the state, adjacent to the City of Newark. The Lyons campus is located on 365 acres, 22 miles west of the East Orange campus. Each resident rotates between both facilities, allowing for exposure to varied clinical settings. Training is accomplished through direct patient care, grand rounds and independent study. Taking full advantage of the multidisciplinary setting, the resident’s clinical experience will be enhanced by exposures to medical subspecialties in addition to ophthalmic sub-specialties. Individuals who complete the program are expected to attain a high level of proficiency in the diagnosis and management of ocular disease and ocular-systemic disease as well as practical applications of low vision.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 3
Compensation $40, 516
Hours Per Week 40 hours
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
The resident will follow a curriculum, which includes advanced level reading assignments and grand rounds in topics related to optometric medicine. The resident will participate in the total primary health care delivery program and integrate with other medical and healthcare professionals at the East Orange Medical Center and the Lyons facility.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident participates in the clinical education of fourth-year students from the following institutions: SUNY College of Optometry, Salus University, University of Houston-College of Optometry, Western University-College of Optometry and The Midwestern University Arizona College of Optometry.

Research Responsibilities
There are no research opportunities at this facility. The resident is responsible for one 20 minute Minor presentation, one 50 minute Major presentation and one paper of publishable quality.

Benefits
The resident is eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected.

Mission Statement
The Optometric Residency program at the Veterans Affairs New Jersey Healthcare System is committed to expanding the knowledge of its residents in the delivery of primary optometric patient care, particularly as it pertains to ocular disease, in addition to providing exposure to low vision. The optometry resident is provided the opportunity to participate in the delivery of health care in a multidisciplinary hospital-based setting, with both a large outpatient and inpatient population. Our program strives to provide the resident with an environment that enhances clinical skills while also fostering the pursuit of scholarly activities.

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Primary Eye Care/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation (Northport VA Medical Center) - Northport, NY
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease
Vision Rehabilitation

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
Northport VA Medical Center Optometry Service (123)
79 Middleville Rd
Northport, NY 11768
Program Supervisor
Shephali Patel, OD
Phone: (631) 261-4400 x 2136
Fax: (631) 266-6056
Email: shephali.patel@va.gov
Additional Faculty
Lynn Finnegan, OD
Bradley Meltzer, OD
Marina Meyerowitz, OD
Catherine Scandiffio, OD
Grace Tan, OD
Joseph Hallak, OD
Sonia Valle, OD
Gina Cardone, OD
Lisa Chan-O’Connell, OD
Jessica Licausi, OD
Danielle Kalberer, OD

Description
The residency program at Northport VAMC is designed to provide the graduate optometrist with an excellent training experience through direct clinical care and extensive didactic and scholarly activities. The clinical component of the residency program involves direct patient care and rotations through various clinics throughout the hospital.

There are two main components of the program: rehabilitation and hospital-based primary eyecare. The rehabilitative orthoptics component consists of the diagnosis and treatment of visual problems secondary to aging, stroke, TBI and a variety of systemic/ocular conditions, in the construct of a multidisciplinary health team model. Residents also provide care in the hospital’s Center of Balance, a unique multidisciplinary program in which patients with vestibular and balance problems are evaluated and treated by Optometry, Audiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. The low vision rehabilitation components consist of diagnostic exams and treatment of patients with low vision/legal blindness in both an outpatient setting and through our comprehensive VICTORS Program (low vision, rehabilitation, social work, etc.).

As this is a hospital-based program, the opportunity to interact with medical, social service, nursing and other specialized care practitioners at the hospital is available. The emphasis of the primary eyecare component is the involvement of the residents in the Primary Health Care model and will emphasize the optometrist as the “Primary Eyecare Provider”. The residents will be exposed to clinical experiences in the diagnosis and treatment of refractive and binocular conditions, ocular pathology and the ocular consequences of systemic disease and medications. The didactic and scholarly activities component of the program includes morning lectures by staff, journal club, various lecturing responsibilities, attending professional meetings and participation in the comprehensive educational program sponsored by our affiliate.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $40, 516
Hours Per Week 40 hours (Plus on call: 1-2 weeks per month)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Responsibilities
The resident will follow a curriculum that includes lectures and clinical care of patients within primary care, ocular disease, vision therapy, head trauma, vestibular and low vision clinics. Residents must also fulfill all of the educational requirements of the SUNY Friday Program.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will present lectures within the Optometry Service, as well as to other practitioners, staff and patient groups within the hospital. The resident will have the opportunity to partake in the teaching of fourth-year externs.

Research Responsibilities
The resident is required to complete a minor presentation, major presentation and a paper of publishable quality.

Benefits
Eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected. Residents earn 13 days sick leave and 13 days annual leave per year. Low rent dormitory housing is available.

Mission Statement
The residency in Primary Care/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation seeks to attract the best qualified optometry graduates who have demonstrated an interest in rehabilitative modalities, as well as advanced primary care in an interdisciplinary team setting. The resident will be provided with advanced clinical training in low vision and rehabilitative orthoptics, including evaluation and management of patients with sensorimotor deficits, visual consequences of head trauma and vestibular disorders. In addition, the resident will provide beyond entry level patient care in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular diseases. Residents will be involved in multidisciplinary patient care in a VA Medical Center setting. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in these areas.

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Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation)(SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis:
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
M.H. Esther Han, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
Phone: (212) 938-5879
Email: mhan@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
This 12-month program provides advanced clinical training in diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The resident will be involved in consultation, referral and interdisciplinary management of care with rehabilitation, medical and social service professionals. Emphasis is placed upon the interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing patients with oculomotor as well as ocular health conditions relating to ABI.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes (Contact the Program Supervisor for additional program specific materials.)
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars on topics relating to acquired brain injury, as well as off-campus experience in departments of rehabilitation medicine at local teaching hospitals will be provided. Training will include direct patient care in the Head Trauma Center. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical setting provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for fourth-year externs in the Head Trauma Unit at SUNY.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
The resident, if interested, is required to participate in clinical research project and complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Mission Statement
The Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) provides advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) that result from trauma, cerebral vascular accident, tumor, aneurysm and postsurgical complications.

The Program Provides:

  • An interdisciplinary approach that is core to managing these patients and includes rehabilitation, medical and social-service professionals.
  • An advanced and concentrated didactic component in acquired brain injury-related vision rehabilitation and primary eye care.
  • Each graduate completing the program with the knowledge base to assume an active role within organized optometry and provide vision rehabilitation and primary eyecare for patients with acquired brain injury in a variety of clinical practices including: private, hospital, university clinical and community-based setting.

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Vision Rehabilitation (Brain Injury Rehabilitation)(Womack Army Medical Center) - Fort Bragg, NC
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Category Title:
Vision Rehabilitation

Program Emphasis Areas:
Brain Injury Rehabilitation
Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC)
1722 Tagatay Dr.
Fort Bragg, NC 28310
Program Supervisor
Winston Posvar, O.D.
Phone: (910) 643-2048
Email: winston.b.posvar.mil@mail.mil
Additional Program Faculty
Jill Bakota-Gutierrez, OD, FAAO

Description of Program
This 12-month program provides U.S. Army Optometrists with advanced clinical training in diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). This program is available to active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with an obligated commitment to the U.S. Army. Residents will be members of a hospital-based multi-disciplinary health care team. Emphasis is placed upon the interdisciplinary approach to assess and manage patients with oculomotor as well as ocular health conditions resulting from ABI.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation Military Pay
Hours Per Week 45
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline, Program does not use ORMatch
ORMatch No
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
The residency program includes rotations through WAMC Department of Brain Injury Medicine specialty clinics (e.g., neurology, physical therapy, vestibular therapy, speech & language pathologist, neuropsychologist). The resident will also attend lectures/workshops on topics relating to ABI provided at WAMC, SUNY Optometry, and professional meetings. The resident will also attend Army courses specific to medical and optometric interest.

Teaching Responsibilities
Teaching skills are developed by participating in the clinical education of optometry externs from several optometry schools.

Research Responsibilities
Residents are required to present one minor and one major optometric lecture. The resident is required to write at least one paper of publishable quality by the end of the residency.
Opportunities for research are available, if the resident desires, by either conducting his/her own research or actively participating as associate investigator for an on-going research study.

Liability Protection
The resident’s professional liability protectoin is covered by Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA) under 28 US Code, Section 2679

Benefits
Full health coverage, regular military benefits, 30 days leave per year (15 days can be taken during the residency year)

Prerequisites
Active duty Army Optometrists and recent graduates with obligated commitment to the U.S. Army through the Health Professions Scholarship Program (HPSP) and/or Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC). All eligible Army applicants may apply for the residency via the Long Term Health Education and Training (LTHET) message released each December by the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps. Applicants apply approximately 18 months prior to the expected residency start date. See specific guideline from the Army.

Mission Statement
The mission of the Womack Army Medical Center (WAMC) Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) Residency Program is to provide advanced clinical training for military Optometrists in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) in a multidisciplinary hospital-based setting while enhancing traditional primary and acute eye care. In addition, the program strives to provide advanced levels of didactic and scholarly activities to prepare residents for leadership roles within the Optometric profession.

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Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (EyeCare Associates) - Southport, CT
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Category Title:
Vision Rehabilitation

Program Area of Emphasis:
Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Rehabilitation

Main Address
EyeCare Associates, PC
2600 Post Road
Southport, CT 06890
Residency Supervisor
Randy L. Schulman, MS, OD, FCOVD
Phone: (203) 394-2722
Fax: (203) 840-1980
Email: drrandyschulman@gmail.com

Description of Program
The resident will have exposure to a large variety of patients in age, diagnosis, and treatment plan. The resident will gain advanced competency in learning disabilities, brain injury and concussion care, developmental delays, strabismus and amblyopia,  and ocular disease in addition to primary care and contact lenses including specialty fits in a private practice setting. The resident will coordinate care with other professionals, write reports, network in the community and learn practice management skills during their time with EyeCare Associates, PC. The resident will also learn to critically assess relevant literature and lead book reviews with our interns, assist in the therapy room and training therapists and interns, participate in research and write articles on specific topics.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $40,000.00
Hours Per Week 40 hours/week
(Plus On-call: Once Monthly)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
Liability Insurance Liberty Mutual
Licensure Needed CT
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Residents are covered by the malpractice insurance provided through the residency site.

Educational Opportunities
Participation in workshops, inservices, conferences and grand round sessions with team doctors, optometry school externs and vision therapists.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
Participation in research in vision and learning, concussions and functional visual fields and review one book or write an article with the supervisor.

Benefits
To experience advanced competence in the areas of vision therapy and rehabilitation in a private practice setting. To gain proficiency in the areas of behavioral and pediatric optometric care; vision enhancement and sports vision; and integrative optometric care with patient encounters of all ages including primary care, contact lens and ocular disease. Resident’s meeting travel expenses and continuing education expenses will be covered.

Mission Statement
To expand awareness, accessibility and advanced competency in the areas of vision therapy and rehabilitation in a private practice setting. To offer proficiency in the areas of behavioral and pediatric optometric care; vision enhancement and sports vision; with patient encounters including contact lens, ocular disease and integrative optometric care through a residency program.

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Dr. Irwin B. Suchoff Residency Program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Vision Rehabilitation

Program Area of Emphasis:
Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Program Supervisor:
Alexandria Tilley, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4160
Fax: (212) 938-5819
Email: atilley@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
The program provides a concentrated clinical experience and advanced didactic knowledge in optometric vision therapy. In addition to the Vision Therapy Service, the residents rotate through other clinics at the University Eye Center including Ocular Disease and Primary Care. Emphasis is placed on the Head Trauma Unit, the Pediatric Service, and Myopia Control. The residents gain experience working with general binocular and oculomotor deficiencies, visual perceptual deficits, acquired brain injury and complex strabismus.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40-45 (Plus on-call approximately 4 weeks per year rotating with other residents. Currently SUNY on-call consists of phone triage.)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Special advanced level lectures and workshops are presented to the residents by various faculty members and residency alumni. Topics include amblyopia and strabismus, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, optometric intervention in special populations, behavioral optometry, and advanced therapy procedures

Teaching Responsibilities
Residents serve as teaching assistants in Third Year Vision Therapy Laboratories. They serve as clinical instructors in vision therapy and pediatric clinics.

Research Responsibilities
The residents may choose to work with a faculty research person of their choice during the course of their program.

Benefits
There Is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Mission Statement

The residency in vision therapy seeks to attract the best-qualified candidates and provide them with advanced didactic knowledge and a concentrated clinical experience in optometric vision therapy. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in vision therapy, serve as teachers in optometric institutions and serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the areas of vision therapy and binocular vision.

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Residency in Community Health Optometry/Ocular Disease (NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health East New York) - Brooklyn, NY
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Category Title:
Primary Care Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Ocular Disease
Community Health Optometry

NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health
East New York
Eye Clinic
2094 Pitkin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207

Program Supervisor
Lloyd Haskes, OD
Phone: (718) 240-0445
Fax: (718) 240-0439
Email: lhaskes@sunyopt.edu

Additional Faculty
Allison Rizzuti, MD

Program Description
In this multidisciplinary medical setting, the resident provides eyecare for patients of all ages with a diverse range and high rate of ocular and systemic disorders. The resident also provides direct care under ophthalmologic supervision, observes surgeries and observes patient care in various nonophthalmic medical departments. The resident manages all cases and coordinates interdisciplinary care when necessary.   There is a rotation through various services at SUNY’s University Eye Center and will include “elective” clinics.  Individuals who complete the program are prepared to develop and operate a full-scope urban eyecare service.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40 hrs (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Case conferences are provided by the program and on-site supervisors. The resident participates in a college-sponsored didactic program which includes seminars and workshops at SUNY Optometry, and joint grand rounds with residents in other college-affiliated programs throughout the year.

Teaching Responsibilities
During the second half of the program, the resident participates in the clinical education of fourth year externs from SUNY Optometry.

Benefits
There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Scholarly Activity
Working with the program supervisor, residents are required to present 1 minor and 1 major presentation and write at least 1paper of publishable quality. In addition, there is an opportunity to attend and participate in academic conferences.

Mission Statement
The residency in Community Health Optometry / Ocular Disease seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates who have demonstrated above average entry-level competence in full-scope optometric care and have an interest in community-based practice in an urban locale. This program provides the opportunity for the resident to render continuity of care for patients with a diverse range of eye and vision disorders. Individuals who complete the program will be prepared to develop and operate a full-scope optometric service in an inner-city environment and to assume a faculty position at an optometric educational institution.

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Low Vision Rehabilitation (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Vision Rehabilitation

Program Area of Emphasis:
Low Vision Rehabilitation

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
Rebecca Marinoff, OD
Phone: (212) 938-5937
Email: rmarinoff@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
This 12-month program is designed to provide the individual with advanced and concentrated clinical and didactic experience in all aspects of low vision rehabilitation. Residents will be involved in both coordination and consultation of patient care with other rehabilitation, medical and social services. The resident will also rotate through other clinics at SUNY Optometry including Ocular Disease and Primary Care. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in the area of low vision rehabilitation and to promote low vision as a mode of optometric practice.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40-45 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
The resident will take part in seminars on topics related to low vision rehabilitation, as well as the college-sponsored didactic program and grand rounds.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities and be a teaching assistant in the lab portion of the low vision course.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
The resident, if interested, can work directly with the program supervisor and other faculty members to conduct or actively participate in a research project. The resident is expected to develop and present at least one case report, and will complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

Benefits
There Is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage Is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.

Mission Statement
The Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates who have demonstrated above average competence and interest in Low Vision Rehabilitation care. These graduates will be provided with advanced and concentrated clinical and didactic experience in all aspects of Low Vision Rehabilitation. The resident will be involved in both coordination and consultation of patient care with other rehabilitation, medical, and social services and will develop an understanding of the management of a low vision rehabilitation service and the political and social forces that influence the various delivery models of patient care. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care, serve as teachers in optometric institutions, and serve in a leadership role in optometric and service agencies and organizations involved in Low Vision care.

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Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease (BronxCare Health System) - Bronx, NY
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Category Title:
Pediatric Optometry

Program Area of Emphasis:
Primary Care Optometry
Ocular disease

BronxCare Health System
1650 Selwyn Ave
Suite 1C
Bronx, NY 10457
Program Supervisors
Tybee Eleff, OD MS DiplABO FAAO
Phone: (718) 960-2041
Email: teleff@bronxcare.org

Danielle Crane, OD FAAO
Phone: (718) 960-2041
Email: dcrane@bronxcare.org

Additional Faculty
Ilana B Friedman, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Alanna Khattar, OD FAAO DiplABO
Joy Harewood, OD FAAO

Description of Program
The Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease residency at BronxCare Health System is designed to provide highly motivated post-graduate optometrists with a rich clinical learning experience focused primarily on pediatric eye care while also providing the resident with significant exposure to ocular disease in the adult patient population. The diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities provides exposure to patients in both hospital and community-based clinical settings.

The resident will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide full-scope primary eye care to patients of all ages, with a focus on neonates and pediatric patients
  • Co-manage complex strabismus and pediatric ocular disease cases with Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Participate in ROP screenings
  • Co-manage complex ocular diseases with Ophthalmology sub-specialists
  • Provide urgent care within the emergency department
  • Utilize advanced ophthalmic equipment and technology
  • Observe ophthalmic surgical procedures

After completing the program, the resident will have acquired an advanced didactic education as well as a high level of clinical competency in providing full-scope optometric care to the pediatric population while also gaining expertise in areas of ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based, academic, as well as private practice clinical settings.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610 + additional pay for required on call hours
Hours Per Week 40 hours/week
On call: Once a week on a rotating basis
Accreditation Pending Accreditation by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
Professional Liability Insurance Provided by Hospital
Licensure Needed Yes
ORMS Matching Service Yes

Educational Opportunities

  • Attend morning lectures given by the ophthalmology attendings
  • Attend SUNY College of Optometry’s Friday Programs which are both didactic and “hands-on”
  • ·Participate in journal clubs and case conferences with optometry and ophthalmology attendings
  •  Attend the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities

  • Present minor and major lecture presentations at SUNY College of Optometry
  • Submit at least one abstract for presentation at a major optometric meeting (i.e. AOA, AAO, SECO)
  • Prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed optometric journal
  • Optional involvement in on-going research within the Ophthalmology Department at BronxCare

Benefits

  • Yearly stipend of  $41,610
  • Additional pay for required on-call hours
  • Protected educational time to attend optometric meetings and conferences
  • Professional liability protection provided
  • Access to SUNY College of Optometry’s libraries
  • Health, dental, vision and other benefits provided by BronxCare Health System
  • Paid time off for vacation and sick time
  • 8 paid holidays observed per year
  • Flexible spending account
  • Access to discount tickets to many recreational activities in the New York City metropolitan area

Mission Statement
The mission of the Optometric Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease at BronxCare Health System is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich multi- disciplinary clinical experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities. This program will enable the resident to gain an advanced level of didactic education and clinical competency in all areas of pediatric eye care as well as adult ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills and confidence to care for the pediatric population as well as diagnose and manage ocular disease presenting in any age group. Graduates will have to tools to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based as well as private optometric clinical settings.

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For program’s complete mission, goals and objectives and advanced competencies please contact program supervisor.
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Combined Optometry Residency & Graduate Degree in Vision Science (SUNY Optometry) - New York, NY
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Category Title:
Primary Care
Pediatrics
Cornea and Contact Lens
Vision Rehabilitation
Ocular Disease
Program Area of Emphasis:
Primary Care
Pediatrics
Cornea and Contact Lens
Vision Rehabilitation
Low Vision Rehabilitation
Brain Injury Vision Rehabilitation
Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Ocular Disease
Glaucoma
Anterior Segment
Retina
Neuro Optometry
(The Program Emphasis Area will complement the area of Graduate research.)

Residency Site
SUNY State College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Program Supervisor
Dr. Joan K. Portello
Phone: (212) 938-4170
Email: jportello@sunyopt.edu
Additional Faculty
Various

Program Description
The combined Residency/Graduate program at SUNY Optometry offers a unique opportunity for new ODs seeking a graduate degree in vision science research in an area with clinical application while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies. The residency program will be completed over a two year period (equivalent to a 12 month program), while concurrent graduate work occurs. The master’s degree can be anticipated to be completed within 2-3 years, and the first 1-2 years of the PhD can be completed during residency training. Clinical areas of interest will be coupled with graduate work/research in areas such as: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Cornea and Contact Lens, Vision Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Ocular Disease.

Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Program Length
Residency: 2 years, start date July 1 (50% time devoted to Residency Program)
Graduate Degree: Masters – 2 years to completion
PhD – 2-3 years beyond residency to completion 12 months

For description of Graduate Program in Vision Science:
https://www.sunyopt.edu/education/academics/graduate_programs

Start Date
July 1

Positions
1

Compensation
$41,610

Hours Per Week
50% of time (approximately 20 hours) specific for the residency
Remaining 50% of time specific to graduate studies

Accreditation
Fully accredited by ACOE

Application Deadline
The deadline for application to the Graduate Program is December 31st
*Because residency program is combined with graduate program, please view specific program requirements, applications process and benefits.

Combined ResidencyMS Application Form

The deadline for application to the residency program is through ORMatch
https://natmatch.com/ormatch/

ORMS Matching Service
Yes

Educational Opportunities
A wide variety of educational opportunities exist which includes SUNY’s Didactic Program, as well as additional lectures and seminars specific to the clinical area of interest, and work in the graduate program.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have the opportunity to do clinical or laboratory teaching.

Research Responsibilities
Research opportunities will be in conjunction with graduate studies in the area of clinical interest.

Benefits
Leave – Sick: 5 days/year Annual: 7 days/year and Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage

Prerequisites
*Applicant must be accepted first into the Graduate Program prior to applying through ORMatch. *OD degree from an accredited school of optometry
*Successful completion of Parts 1, 2, 3 and TMOD of the National Board
*NY State Licensure (eligible for applicants)

Mission Statement
The combined Graduate/Residency program, at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides an individual with the opportunity to obtain advanced clinical competency in an area of optometric care through a residency program, coupled with a graduate degree (masters or PhD) that complements the clinical experience. Translational research and the direct clinical application will occur while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies.

For more Information on the Combined Program, click here.
For program’s complete mission, goals and objectives and advanced competencies please contact program supervisor.
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Visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) to learn more about optometric residency programs.

 

Application Instructions

All candidates must follow the guidelines established by the ORMatch. This matching service is utilized by all programs, except the Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation) at Womack Army Medical Center, which does not participate in ORMatch. (Womack follows a military application process. Please contact the program directly for details).  Visit ORMatch for information and application instructions.

Please check with individual residency program supervisors for any additional requirements to ORMatch that are specific to that program.

Residents must obtain an OD degree prior to the start of the residency from a school, or college, of optometry accredited by Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

Prospective residents currently on an F-1 visa must apply for an OPT extension in a timely manner. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permit applicants to apply up to 90 days before completion of their degree program. However, it is critical that the OPT visa is applied for as close to that 90 day opening date as possible, as case processing times have increased dramatically, and may take up to 5 months to complete. Prospective residents should contact the Designated School Official (DSO) at their current institution to begin the process. Prospective residents will be required to provide proof of filing their OPT visa applications to the residency supervisor by February 28, 2021. Failure to file by this date may be cause for denial of your residency application. Waivers will be granted for students from schools with late graduations which do not permit filing by February 28, 2021. Waivers for any other reason will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Prospective residency candidates please review the additional information sheet for more details.

All persons appointed to the staff of the SUNY College of Optometry are required to provide, on the first day of work, written documentation that they have authorization to work in the United States.

Due to the nature of the Combined Residency/Graduate Program please see separate list for program specific application process and requirements.