Residency in Primary Eye Care Optometry

SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Residency Supervisor
Susan Schuettenberg, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4161
Fax: (212)938-5819

Additional Faculty
Steven Siegel, OD

Program Description

The residency in Primary Eye Care Optometry provides a broad based clinical experience in all aspects of Primary Care.  The residents expand their clinical knowledge by rotating through the SUNY Primary Care Clinic in order to experience a wide variety of patient types. This includes patients requiring contact lens care, diagnosis of binocular anomalies, diagnosis, management and treatment of glaucoma, retinal disease, and emergency eyecare needs.  In addition, the resident rotates through the SUNY Glaucoma Institute, and experiences urban clinical patient care at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. The resident gains experience in refractive surgery comanagement by rotating through TLC laser center in Manhattan. In a teaching capacity, the resident instructs second-year interns in the Methods laboratory and supervises third-year interns in the Primary Care clinic.  Additionally, the resident can pursue specific clinical interests in vision therapy, low vision, pediatric and infant eyecare, head trauma, retina, neuro-optometry, cornea and specialty contact lens clinics.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 2
Compensation $38,672
Hours Per Week 40 (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline February 1
ORMS Matching Service Yes

Educational Opportunities

The resident is encouraged to attend graduate level seminars and workshops, SUNY sponsored continuing education events and national optometric conferences.  In addition, close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical settings provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.  Moreover, there is the opportunity for optometric research, if the resident desires.

Research/scholarly Responsibilities

Residents are required to present one minor and one major optometric lecture.  The resident is required to write at least one paper of publishable quality by the end of the residency.


There is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with a contribution from the employee, depending on the option chosen. Dental care and vision coverage is available through the union representing this position. Residents earn sick leave and annual leave at the rate of 1.25 days per month. Twelve paid holidays per calendar year.


Mission Statement

The Primary Care Optometry residency, at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides the highly qualified optometrist with the opportunity to advance in all aspects of Primary Care rendered to a diverse patient population.  Opportunities are provided to diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of visual system problems, including ocular diseases, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.  The residency program provides:

*  A broad based patient population, with sufficient numbers of encounters to supply a wide variety of conditions.

*  A pedagogic component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom teaching skills.

*  Scholarly activities and didactic components that allow the resident to increase his/her knowledge base, along with contributing to the literature.

When the resident completes the program, they will be qualified to provide a high level of diagnosis and management of a wide variety of visual disorders/ocular diseases, including co-management with appropriate physician referrals in both a private or institutional setting.  In addition, the resident will be able to provide advanced care in an institutional and/or academic setting, along with being able to participate and pursue clinical teaching and lecturing.

Primary Eye Care Residency Curriculum