Residency in Family Practice/Ocular Disease Optometry

East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center, Brooklyn, NY

East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center
Eye Clinic 2094 Pitkin Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11207  

Program Supervisor
Lloyd Haskes, OD
Phone: (718) 240-0445
Fax: (718) 240-0439

Additional Faculty
Valerie Elmalem, MD

Program Description
In this multidisciplinary medical setting, the resident provides eyecare for patients of all ages with a diverse range and high rate of ocular and systemic disorders.  The resident also provides direct care under ophthalmologic supervision, observes surgeries and observes patient care in various nonophthalmic medical departments.  The resident manages all cases and coordinates interdisciplinary care when necessary.  Individuals who complete the program are prepared to develop and operate a full-scope urban eyecare service.

Program Length

12 months

Start Date

July 1





Hours Per Week



Fully accredited by ACOE

Application Deadline

February 1



Educational Opportunities
Case conferences are provided by the program and on-site supervisors.  The resident participates in a college-sponsored didactic program which includes seminars and workshops at SUNY Optometry, and joint grand rounds with residents in other college-affiliated programs throughout the year.

Teaching Responsibilities
During the second half of the program, the resident participates in the clinical education of fourth year externs from SUNY Optometry.

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.

Scholarly Activity
Working with the program supervisor, residents are required to present 1 minor and 1 major presentation and write at least 1paper of publishable quality.  In addition, there is an opportunity to attend and participate in academic conferences.                                                            

Mission Statement 

The residency in Urban Family Practice and Ocular Disease Optometry seeks to attract highly qualified optometric graduates who have demonstrated above average entry-level competence in full-scope optometric care and have an interest in community-based practice in an urban locale.  This program provides the opportunity for the resident to render continuity of care for patients with a diverse range of eye and vision disorders.  Individuals who complete the program will be prepared to develop and operate a full-scope optometric service in an inner-city environment and to assume a faculty position at an optometric educational institution.

Goal 1:  To attract highly qualified candidates from a large, diversified and interested applicant pool.

  1. To inform all fourth-year optometric students at each school and college of optometry about the program, including maintaining contact with the respective Directors of Residencies to communicate information about the program.

  2. To advertise the program in at least 1 optometric publication each year.

  3. To recruit applicants by direct solicitation of fourth-year interns completing clinical rotations at SUNY and appropriate other locations in the country.

Goal 2:  To select the best-qualified candidates from the applicant pool.

  1. Every candidate must complete the application form, a personal interview and a verbal evaluation of their clinical skills.  

  2. All ranking of candidates will be made by a committee including the Program 
    supervisor and at least one other East New York Eye Care Service faculty member. Matching of candidates will be done through the Optometric Residency Matching Service (ORMS). The Director of Residencies will give final approval of the candidate and send the final faculty appointment letter to the candidate.

Goal 3:  To provide faculty and administrative support commensurate with the needs of the program.

  1. Qualified faculty will supervise the resident at each site.

  2. The Director of Residencies at SUNY College of Optometry shall maintain institutional liaison with the Program Supervisor.

  3. To  provide 1.0 FTE total for this program, with at least 0.6 FTE faculty at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center and the remaining FTE at SUNY or other appropriate sites.

  • To provide at least 0.1 FTE administrative support for the Residency Supervisor.

  • To provide at least 0.1 FTE in secretarial support services for this program.

Goal 4:  To provide facilities and equipment appropriate to the needs of the program.

  1. To provide an office for the resident's use.

  2. To provide access to a computer for the resident's use.

  3. The clinical equipment available to the program must be functional and appropriate to serve the needs of the population, as determined annually by technical support and the Program Supervisor.  If particular equipment is unavailable, patients will be referred for testing as appropriate.

Goal 5:  To provide the resident with an appropriate patient base, which is consistent with the mission of this program.

  1. The resident will be scheduled to see patients for 10 clinical  sessions per week.

  2. Five sessions in Primary Care Clinic at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center. 

  3. One session in General Ophthalmology Clinic at the East New York Diagnostic and Treatment Center.

  4. One session in a specialty clinic of the resident’s choice at SUNY's University Optometric Center (e.g. Glaucoma, Contact Lens, Vision Therapy, Infants Vision). Rotation availability is based on space, and although every effort is made to accommodate the resident’s request, space in a specialty clinic is not guaranteed. 

  5. Two sessions in the Primary Care Clinic at SUNY’s University Optometric Center. 

  6. The patient base will include infants, preschool-age children, school-age children, adults, and geriatric patients.  The minimum number of cases in each age group will be as follows: 

Infants, Preschool Age

25 cases

School Age (6-18)

180 cases

Adult (19-39)

175 cases

Presbyopic (40-59)

465 cases

Geriatric (>60) 

290 cases

Goal 6: To enhance the resident’s clinical management skills for conditions with a high incidence in urban communities.

  1. The resident shall experience at least 1,240 total primary care and specialty encounters during the year.  The number of patient encounters will be monitored on a monthly basis to ensure that the resident is obtaining adequate clinical experience. 

  2. The resident shall manage at least the indicated minimum number of the following ocular conditions:

  • Ocular surface/external segment disease (250 cases)

  • (dry eye, blepharitis, conjunctivitis, chalazion, hordeolum, etc)

  • Corneal disease  (75 cases)

  • (corneal foreign body, degeneration, dystrophy, keratitis, pterygium, ulcer, etc)

  • Diabetic retinopathy  (55 cases)

  • Hypertensive retinopathy (15 cases)

  • Glaucoma/glaucoma suspect/ocular HTN (220 cases)

  • Strabismus (20 cases)

  • Cataracts (110 cases)

  • Retinal disease (70 cases) (retinal break, vascular occlusion, macular disease, epiretinal membrane, macular degeneration, lattice degeneration, etc)

East New York Residency Curriculum