Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation

SUNY College of Optometry, NYC/The Lighthouse International, NYC

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

Program Supervisor
Rebecca Marinoff, OD
Phone: (212) 938-5937

Email: rmarinoff@sunyopt.edu

Additional Faculty
Lisa Chan-O'Connel, OD
Andrea Zimmerman, OD
Bruce Rosenthal, OD
Linda Pang, OD

Program Description
This 12-month program is a cooperative endeavor between the Lighthouse International of NYC and the College. It is designed to provide the individual with advanced and concentrated clinical and didactic experience in all aspects of low vision rehabilitation. Residents will also be involved in both coordination and consultation of patient care with other rehabilitation, medical and social services. Additional responsibilities will include participation in research, the preparation of a publishable paper, and the development of an understanding of the management of a low vision service and the political and social forces influencing the mode of care delivery. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care, serve as teachers in optometric institutions, and serve in a leadership role in optometric and service agencies and organizations involved in low vision care. 

Program Length

12 months

Start Date

July 1

Positions

1

Compensation

$37,288

Hours Per Week

40-45 (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
In addition to weekly seminars, through directed self-study, the resident will gain an In-depth understanding of low vision rehabilitation theory and itsapplication to practice in varied clinical-care settings.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities and be a teaching assistant in the lab portion of the low vision course. 

Research Responsibilities
Working directly with the program supervisor and other faculty members, the resident will be responsible for conducting her/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an ongoing project.

Benefits
There Is optional participation in a health insurance plan including prescription drug coverage, with acontribution 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 Residency in Low Vision Rehabilitation seeks to attract the best-qualified optometric graduates who have demonstrated above average competence and interest in Low Vision Rehabilitation care. 
These graduates will be provided with advanced and concentrated clinical and didactic experience in all aspects of Low Vision Rehabilitation. 
The resident will be involved in both coordination and consultation of patient care with other rehabilitation, medical, and social services and will develop an understanding of the management of a low vision rehabilitation service and the political and social forces that influence the various delivery models of patient care.
Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care, serve as teachers in optometric institutions, and serve in a leadership role in optometric and service agencies and organizations involved in Low Vision care.

Goal 1:  To enhance the resident’s skills in the provision of optometric care in the specialty of low vision rehabilitation.
Objective: The resident will develop a high degree of expertise by provide low vision rehabilitation services for a minimum of 300 patient encounters.  The low vision evaluation will include a comprehensive eye exam with an emphasis on providing optical rehabilitation through the low vision aids.

Goal 2:  Expand the resident’s expertise in the management of the refractive and functional implications of low vision rehabilitation.
Objective: The resident will perform the appropriate functional assessment to determine optimum optical correction for the patient goals.  The resident will develop expertise in evaluating the impact of visual acuity loss, visual field loss, contrast sensitivity and glare control on the patient’s functional and optical prescribing.

Goal 3: To provide faculty and administrative support commensurate with the needs of the program.
Objective 1: The licensed faculty supervisor will be present and available at all times whenever the supervision is required.

Objective 2: The Director of Residencies at SUNY College of Optometry shall maintain institutional liaison with the Program Supervisor, and they will meet regularly.

Objective 3: Adequate administrative and secretarial support for this program.

Goal 4:  To provide facilities and equipment commensurate with the needs of the program.
Objective 1: To provide a workstation with computer access for the resident at SUNY College of Optometry and at the Low Vision Service of the Lighthouse.

Objective 2: To provide clinical equipment that is adequate and appropriate to meet the objectives of the program.

Objective 3: Media resources for preparation of papers and presentations will be available for each presentation required of the resident.

Goal 5: To provide an appropriate clinical patient base for the program.
 

Objective 1: The resident will devote 60% of their time to Low Vision Rehabilitation patient care and will supplement their clinical training by spending 20% of their time providing patient care in Ocular Disease and Special testing, and 20% of their time in Primary Care.

Objective 2: The resident should have the following minimum number of Vision Rehabilitation/Clinical Low Vision patient encounters with a primary diagnosis in each category.

Diagnosis     

Minimum

Macular Degeneration    

100

Cataract 

50

Glaucoma  

50

Diabetic Retinopathy    

25

Retinitis Pigmentosa           

5

Albinism   

5

Children (under 18 years)      

5

Goal 6: A postgraduate level lecture and seminar program on topics related to Low Vision Rehabilitation will be provided.
Objective 1: The first 2 weeks of the residency will include a series of seminars and observation sessions at SUNY College of Optometry and Lighthouse International.  These sessions will be devoted to reviewing and learning the policies and procedures of Vision Rehabilitation/Clinical Low Vision services at the various institutions and will include both clinical and administrative procedures.

Objective 2: Each resident will be expected to attend all required sessions of the SUNY Friday Program.

Objective 3: The resident will attend seminars on topics appropriate to the program at both sites.  SUNY faculty and selected guest lecturers will present these seminars.

Goal 7: To develop or enhance the residents didactic presentation skills.
Objective 1: The resident will make major and minor presentations as required by the SUNY Friday Program.

Objective 2: The resident will participate in each of the labs offered in conjunction with the SUNY Low Vision course and will teach the Professional Program students taking the lab.

Objective 3: The resident will develop and present at least 1 case report, and will submit this case as a poster presentation at a professional meeting.

Goal 8: To develop the resident’s intra- and interprofessional communication abilities and skills.
Objective 1: The resident will attend at least 3 days of approved optometric professional meetings.

Objective 2: The resident will participate in at least 1 in-service or presentation on low vision presented to non-optometric professionals.

Objective 3: The resident will write a minimum of 10 referral letters that report their clinical patient care to other professionals.  At least five will be to optometrists or ophthalmologists, and at least 5 will be to non-eyecare practitioners (teachers, social workers, OT’s PT’s, etc.)

Goal 9: To increase the resident’s skills and knowledge about clinical research.
Objective 1: It is highly recommended for the resident to participate in a clinical research project.

Objective 2: The resident will participate in a poster session or coauthor a paper describing the research project, its methodology and results, and the clinical implications of the research.

Objective 3: The resident will attend at least 3 hours of formal presentations of low vision research papers at either the College, the Lighthouse International, or at a professional meeting.

Goal 10: To enhance the resident’s ability to act as a clinical educator.
Objective 1: The resident will supervise fourth-year optometry interns in at least 1 clinic session per week during the winter and spring quarters. 

Objective 2: The resident will be teamed up with at least 1 faculty member in these clinic sessions.

Objective 3: The resident is qualified to assume a faculty position at an optometric educational institution following the completion of the residency.

Goal 11: To enhance the residents’ ability to develop and administer a low vision service, and understand the political and social forces influencing the models of delivery of patient care.
Objective 1: The resident will observe the administrative process in the SUNY College of Optometry and Lighthouse International Low Vision Services, and will participate in it to the extent possible within the clinical sessions.

Objective 2: At least 1 seminar session during the year will deal with the political and social forces that influence the provision of Low Vision Rehabilitation care.

Objective 3: The resident will observe and interact with providers of vision rehabilitation services as appropriate for patient care, and knowledge of the field at the Lighthouse.

Goal 12: To prepare graduates to specialize in the area of low vision and to promote low vision as a mode of optometric practice.
Objective 1: The graduates of the residency program will have gained the clinical expertise to allow them to begin the process of qualifying for a Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry.

Objective 2: Each resident will have the expertise to allow them to devote the majority of his/her professional practice time to low vision.

Objective 3: Within 7 years of completing the residency program, each graduate is encouraged to assume an active role within organized optometry and low vision.

Low Vision Residency Curriculum