Earlier this month, SUNY Optometry bid farewell to its 2014-15 class of residents, awarding 37 doctors across 15 different programs with Certificates of Advanced Clinical Competency.
Dr. Mitchell Scheiman, who completed a vision therapy residency at the College in 1976, was presented with the Distinguished SUNY Residency Alumni Award during the ceremony. Dr. Scheiman is known internationally for his work and research in the areas of binocular vision, vision therapy and rehabilitation. He is the fourth recipient of the College’s annual residency alumni award.
The Dr. Martin H. Birnbaum Memorial Award was presented to Dr. Caitlin A. Eleftherion.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the completion of the first residency class at the SUNY College of Optometry which consisted of four vision therapy residents. The vision therapy residency program has gone on to set the standard for rehabilitation residency programs nationwide. In 2003, the program was named the Dr. Irwin B. Suchoff Residency Program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation to honor the program’s first residency supervisor, and the nation’s first residency director, Dr. Irwin Suchoff.