EZRA Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

1312 38th St.
Brooklyn, NY 11218

Phone: (718) 686-7600

Externship Supervisor
Daniella Rutner, OD, MS, FAAO, FCOVD

Program Description
Ezra Medical Center is a full-scope federally qualified health care center which provides comprehensive multi-specialty health care services in the Brooklyn community. Ezra’s Vision Department has had a long relationship with SUNY College of Optometry.

There are 4 optometrists in the vision department.  Dr. Danielle Rutner, Dr. Ilana Gelfond-Polnariev, Dr. Daniel Hazai and Dr. Stephanie Giordano. 3 of the 4 doctors are part-time, but 1 or 2 doctors are in the office on any given day. This is a full-scope practice, including a pediatric and vision rehabilitation specialty. In the summer of 2012 we will be adding an additional full time optometrist Dr. Joseph Schwartz.

All of the doctors provide vision therapy services. Drs. Gelford-Polnariev and Hazai both completed SUNY’s Vision Therapy Residency. While, Dr. Rutner has completed a fellowship in cornea and specialty contact lenses. All doctors are InfantSEE providers, involved in organized optometry and community-based activities. Drs. Rutner and Gelfond-Polnariev are board certified as a Fellow of the College of Optometrist in Vision Development (COVD). They are constantly working with other professionals to build a network of referral sources and co-management opportunities.

The externs will be involved in all aspects of patients care. At least 1/2 of your clinical time is spent with pediatric and vision therapy patients/activities. Vision therapy sessions are scheduled through every business day, Sunday through Friday.  Externs are not required to be at the site on Sunday, but are scheduled on certain state/federal holidays.  The Center is closed in observance of all Jewish holidays.  Approximately 125 patients are seen for therapy per week and 50 examinations per week. The externs are involved in various practice enhancement activities when not providing patient care. The externs will have the opportunity to enhance their clinical and patient management skills. The program will emphasize the complete patient care process, from the comprehensive examination through the implementation of a therapy program and communication with other professionals.

The pediatric/vision therapy part of the externship will expose externs to an expanded competence in the treatment of children, especially those with learning-related issues and special needs. In addition, the externs will work with and be exposed to everything from children on the autistic spectrum to adults who have suffered stroke and head injuries.

A 1/2 day per week will be devoted to various practice management topics. These discussions involve various members of the office staff and doctors. The goal of this portion of the externship is to give the externs an opportunity to incorporate current literature and scientific study and begin to understand the skills involved in building an evidenced based specialty-oriented practice.

The office is accessible by public transportation. The office is walking distance from the F and D trains. Total commute time from Midtown Manhattan is 45 minutes.


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