VA Hudson Valley, NY

Montrose Campus                      
Optometry Service 620-123                  
PO Box 100                                          
Montrose, NY  10548                           
Phone: (914) 737-4400 ext. 2014          
Fax: (914) 788-4373

Castle Point Campus
Medical Center
Optometry Services
Castle Point, NY 12511
Phone: (845) 831-2000 ext. 5664
Fax: (845) 831-2000 ext. 5915

Externship Supervisor
Jean Y. Jung, OD, MS

Additional Faculty
Felicia A. Fodera, OD
Shelly R. Hay, OD
Kelly H Thomann, OD
William O'Connell, OD
Nancy N. Wong, OD, PhD
Miriam Rolf, OD, MS
Rebecca Forman, OD
Dawn N. Tomasini, OD   
Steward Wang, OD

Program Description
In 1997 the Franklin Delano Roosevelt VA Hospital and the Castle Point VAMC joined to become the VA Hudson Valley Health Care System. The Montrose and Castle Point campuses are located 38 and 55 miles north of New York City respectively, on the scenic banks of the Hudson River. Over 15,000 optometric patient encounters were recorded over the last year between the 2 facilities and their 8 satellite clinics.


Provided; Montrose Only (see below)

Equipment Required

Clinic jacket, diagnostic lenses, retinoscope, ophthalmoscope, transillumiator, pd ruler, near point card, Pinhole occluder

External Rotations


Housing is available for all students on the Montrose campus at no cost to students.  A furnished, air-conditioned private room with a walk-in closet and a private bathroom is provided along with 3 meals daily.  

4 fully equipped exam rooms are available at each campus. Students will rotate between the 2 hospital campuses.

Eye Clinic Services
This is a full scope optometric program with heavy emphasis on the diagnostic assessment and therapeutic management of ocular disease. The population includes, but is not restricted to a large number of glaucoma & diabetic patients.  The clinical faculty have geared the program toward highly motivated students, providing each student with the supervision necessary to achieve his/her potential.  Student externs provide direct, complete eye care to our patients including applanation tonometry, biomicroscopy, gonioscopy, binocular indirect ophthalmoscopy, anterior segment & fundus photography, Humphrey visual fields, ocular ultrasound, optical coherence tomography & fluorescein angiography.  Contact lens services are provided when medically indicated.  Student externs also have the opportunity to take part in comprehensive eye care at one of our satellite clinics, on-ward examinations & other clinics within the hospital, i.e., neurology.  Lectures & case discussions are performed weekly in the clinic.  Student externs are responsible for one short presentation near the end of their rotation.

Additional Requirements

  • Minimum competency for disease rotation
  • Car required
  • Site application physical exam required

Health Requirements
Students should contact the Externship Supervisor if interested in completing required physical at the VA.  It must be performed at least 1 month in advance of the rotation start date, with required lab tests.

To provide advanced didactic knowledge and concentrated clinical experience in a hospital setting.  


  • To develop clinical competency in basic and advanced examination techniques.
  • To become proficient in problem solving.
  • To develop competency in the use of ocular diagnostic and therapeutic pharmaceutical agents.
  • To gain exposure to advanced diagnostic procedures, i.e., fluorescein angiography, fundus photography, optical coherence, tomography and orbital ultrasonography.
  • To become familiar with commonly used medications and their ocular and systemic side effects.
  • To utilize other hospital resources, i.e., laboratory, radiology, to assist in the diagnosis of primary ocular disease and associated systemic disease.

Directions to Clinic
Castle Point
West Side Dr. North or Major Deegan North to Saw Mill River Pkwy.  Exit onto Taconic State Pkwy. North to Interstate 84 West to Exit 11 (last exit before bridge), turn right onto Rte. 9D North.  Proceed for 1.5 miles.  Hospital entrance on your left.

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West Side Dr. North or Major Deegan north to Saw Mill River Pkwy.  Exit onto Taconic State Pkwy.  North to Rte 9A North to 9 North to Montrose exit.  Turn left onto Rte. 9A and proceed for 1.5 miles, hospital on your left.

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