External Rotations

The fourth year of the professional program at the SUNY College of Optometry is devoted entirely to the Clinical Education Track and consists of a four-quarter clinical rotation system that requires student optometrists to participate in external clinical site training as well as clinical rotations within the University Eye Center (UEC).

External clinical affiliations include hospitals, multidisciplinary practices and private practices and provide experiences in primary, secondary and tertiary care settings. These experiences provide participants with a wide range of patient care opportunities.

Each student is required to complete a maximum of three external rotations.   Each rotation lasts for one-quarter of the academic year (approximately 12 weeks). In addition to externship sites, each student will be assigned at least one internship within the UEC that will provide a broad clinical experience.  Students are guided to choose their rotations in a way that promotes balanced exposure to key areas of clinical care.  These core experiences will include experiences in a multidisciplinary setting.

The external clinical education program is managed by the director of externships in addition to the external site supervisors at each location.  Internal education is managed by the fourth year instructor of record.  Both components are part of the Department of Clinical Education.

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ABVI-Goodwill Low Vision Center (Rochester, NY) SUNY Optometry: Contact Lens
Aran Eye Associate (Coral Gables, FL) SUNY Optometry: Pediatric and Rehabilitative Care
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute (Miami, FL) Total Vision (Pikesville, Maryland)
Capital Eye Consultants (Fairfax, VA)  
East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center (Brooklyn, NY) VA CBOC, Northwest Tucson (Tucson, AZ)
Eye Care Unlimited (New York, NY) VA Medical Center (Tucson, AZ)
Eyeworks (Keene, NH) VA Medical Center (Newington, CT)
EZRA Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) VA Medical Center (West Haven, CT)
Family Vision Care & Vision Therapy (San Carlos, CA) VA Medical Center (Wilmington, DE)
Family Vision Care Associates (White Plains, NY) VA Medical Center (Jamaica Plain, MA)
Fox Chase Family Eye Care (Philadelphia, PA) VA Medical Center (Baltimore, MD)
Fromer Eye Centers (Bronx, NY) VA Medical Center (Perry Point, MD)
High Mountain Eye Care (North Haledon, NJ) VA Medical Center (Lyons, NJ)
Keller Army Hospital (West Point, NY) VA Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY)
LV Prasad Eye Institute (India) VA Medical Center (Montrose, NY)
Naval Health Clinic Annapolis (Annapolis, MD) VA Medical Center (Northport, NY)
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton (CA) VA Medical Center (Syracuse, NY)
NY Vision Care (New York, NY) VA Medical Center (Philadelphia, PA)

Oklahoma City Indian Health (Lawton, OK)

VA St. Albans Community Living Center (Jamacia, NY)

OMNI Eye Services of Atlanta (Atlanta, GA)

Vision Institute (Toronto, Canada)
OMNI Eye Services of Baltimore (Baltimore, MD) Visionary Eye Associates (Rochester, NY)
OMNI Eye Services of Iselin (Iselin, NJ) Walter Reed National Military MC (Washington, D.C.)

Port Hueneme Naval Ambulatory CC (Ventura County, CA)

Wenzhou Medical College (China)

South Bay Optometry (Torrance, CA)

Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center: Ocular Disease (Brooklyn, NY)
SUNY Optometry: Advanced Care Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center: Pediatrics (Brooklyn, NY)
SUNY Optometry: Broad-Based Specialty Care
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