Residency in Ocular Disease

Fromer Eye Center, NY

Fromer Eye Centers
3130 Grand Concourse, Suite 1J
Bronx, NY 10458

Program Supervisor
Diane Calderon, OD

Phone: 718-741-3200
Email: dcalderon@fromereye.com

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

$38,000

Hours Per Week

40

Accreditation

Fully Accredited by ACOE

Application Deadline

February 1

On-Call Responsibilities  2 months per year

ORMS Matching Service

Yes

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 3 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.

Goal 1: To attract and select qualified candidates


Objectives:   

1. The program will be advertised in at least one optometric publication.  
2. The program will be included in the SUNY College of Optometry’s recruitment materials made available to prospective candidates.
3. Representation in at least one optometric conference annually will occur.  
4. The program will be listed and described on the Residency Page of the SUNY College of Optometry’s website.
5. The selection process will be conducted by the on-site selection committee and will follow guidelines specified in the SUNY College of Optometry’s current Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.

Goal 2:  To provide advanced clinical training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and special training procedures at SUNY and within a private practice setting. 


Objectives: The resident will examine, manage and provide patient education to at least 200 patients with retinal disease, 200 patients with anterior segment disease, 200 patients with suspected or diagnosed glaucoma and 25 patients with orbital/neuro-ophthalmological disease within the facilities of Fromer Eye Centers.


1.  The resident will provide pre- and post- operative care and education to at least 100 patients undergoing cataract surgery, at least 40 glaucoma surgeries, at least 40 retinal surgeries, at least 25 corneal surgeries, at least 25 oculoplastic surgeries, at least 20 strabismic surgical procedures and at least 10 refractive surgery patients.

2.  The resident will attend and demonstrate (based upon observation of the resident) an ability to perform procedures covered in the advanced training workshops on testing procedures which the SUNY College of Optometry provides during the summer academic quarters. 
3.  The resident will observe at least 5 intravitreal injections, 10 ultrasound (UBM) examinations and at least 30 fluorescein angiographies and/or laser procedures. 

4.  The resident will participate in at least 10 specialty contact lens fittings.

Goal 3:  To provide the resident with advanced education in ocular disease.

Objectives:  

1. The resident will complete assigned readings of journal articles, textbooks and electronic informational services and present a monthly journal review summary to the on site residency supervisor.
2.  The resident will attend at least 1 scholarly meeting devoted to advanced concepts in ocular disease.
3.  The resident will attend a minimum of thirty five (35) hours of Grand Rounds as part of the SUNY Friday Program, as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.
4.  The resident will attend at least nine (9) minor and sixteen (16) major presentations (including their own) of the SUNY Friday Program, as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.
5.  The resident will attend at least two COPE approved lectures given by the physicians from Fromer Eye Centers to local optometrists on topics relating to management of ocular diseases.

Goal 4:  To provide the resident with experience in lecturing/oral presentation of clinical and scholarly material.

Objectives:

1. The resident will attend a SUNY sponsored workshop on effective public speaking.
2.  The resident will give 1 minor presentation in the SUNY Friday Program.

3. The resident will give 1 major presentation in the SUNY Friday Program.

Goal 5: To provide the resident with experience in producing written clinical and scholarly work.

Objectives:  

  1.  The resident will complete a paper of publishable quality in accordance with the policy contained in the SUNY College Optometry’s Manual for Procedures for Residency Programs.

Goal 6: To expose the resident to the workings of a dynamic private practice setting where individuals work together as a team to deliver the highest quality level of patient care in the NYC area.

Objectives:

1. The resident will be considered a member of the staff and must attend and participate in all staff meetings, trainings and retreats.
2.  The resident will work directly with ophthalmologists, optometrists, ophthalmic technicians, opticians, managers and ancillary personnel.

Goal 7:  Individuals who successfully complete this residency will ultimately have careers that involve the management and co-management of ocular disease.

Objective:  

  1. Former residents will be contacted once every 3 years to ascertain practice settings and duties, history of research/scholarly pursuits, and participation as a provider of optometric education.

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