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Residency Programs

The College has a rich history in clinical residency education. The Residency in Vision Therapy was the first year-long program in the country. Residencies provide the opportunity to gain increased knowledge and clinical training for the newly graduated optometrist in a particular area of vision care.

Throughout the year, residents participate in grand rounds, workshops and/or a series of lectures and seminars at the College. Emphasis is placed on the development of the residents’ didactic and clinical teaching skills. Each resident is required to present a minor and major presentation and submit a paper of publishable quality. SUNY’s unique didactic program provides all affiliated residencies the opportunity to interact with residents and faculty at sites other than their own. All residencies are one year in duration and are accredited, or pending accreditation, by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). The starting date for all residency programs is July 1. At the completion of the residency program, SUNY confers a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competency.

Watch this video to get a firsthand look at what being a resident is all about:

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List of Programs

Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) (Womack Medical Center)
Cornea/Contact Lens Residency (SUNY Optometry)
Family Practice/Ocular Disease Residency (SUNY Optometry/NYC Health + Hospitals/Gotham Health East New York)
Ocular Disease Residency (SUNY Optometry)
Primary Eye Care Residency (SUNY Optometry)
Dr. Irwin B. Suchoff Residency in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation (SUNY Optometry)
Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care Residency (Hudson Valley VA)
Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Optometry Residency (BronxCare Health System)
Pediatrics Optometry Residency (SUNY Optometry)
Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) (SUNY Optometry)
Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care Residency (Harbor Health VA)
Ocular Disease/Primary Eye Care Residency (New Jersey VA)
Primary Eye Care / Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency (Northport, NY)
Ocular Disease Residency (Fromer Eye Centers)
Combined Optometry Residency & Graduate Degree (MS or PhD) in Vision Science
Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency (SUNY Optometry)
Ocular Disease Residency (Atlantic Eye Physicians)
Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation Residency (EyeCare Associates)
Pediatrics/Ocular Disease Residency (BronxCare Health System)

Visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) to learn more about optometric residency programs.

Application Instructions

All candidates must follow the guidelines established by the ORMatch. This matching service is utilized for most of SUNY affiliated programs. Visit ORMatch for information and application instructions.

The exception is for candidates interested in the Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) at Womack Army Medical Center, which does not participate in ORMatch.

Please check with individual residency program supervisors for any additional requirements to ORMatch that are specific to that program.

Prospective residency candidates please review the additional information sheet for more details.

All persons appointed to the staff of the SUNY College of Optometry are required to provide, on the first day of work, written documentation that they have authorization to work in the United States.

Due to the nature of the Combined Residency/Graduate Program please see separate list for program specific application process and requirements.

For more information on the SUNY College of Optometry’s Affiliated Residency Programs, please contact:

Diane T. Adamczyk, OD
Director of Residency Education
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (877) 829-1024
Email: dadamczyk@sunyopt.edu

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