Residency in Ocular Disease

SUNY College of Optometry, NYC

Program Supervisor
Dr. Sherry Bass
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 938-5865
Fax: (212) 938-5819

The Residency in Ocular Disease at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry will provide the resident with training and education necessary to deliver advanced ophthalmic care that meets the visual needs of a diverse population of patients having ocular disease.  Residents will have responsibilities in patient care, community outreach and patient education, clinical education and research.  The residents will be expected to provide a full range of ophthalmic patient care services with emphasis in the differential diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and visual pathway dysfunction.  Residents will also have opportunities to provide eye care in a hospital setting, co-manage refractive surgery patients and observe ocular surgical procedures.  Residents will be members of a multi-disciplinary health care team and be responsible for appropriate utilization of facility resources and personnel.  Training is accomplished through direct patient care, seminars, grand rounds, and independent study.

Case conferences are provided by the program and on-site supervisors.   The resident participates in a college sponsored program which includes workshops at SUNY Optometry and joint Grand Rounds with residents in other college affiliated programs throughout the year.

The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities; give both minor and major presentations to other residents and selected faculty, as well as present seminars to the third and/or fourth year students. In addition, the resident will be directly involved in teaching during at least one student laboratory session during their residency.

Working directly with the program supervisor or ocular disease faculty, the resident will be responsible for either conducting his/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an on-going project or case study. 

REQUIRED HOURS PER WEEK: 40 hrs (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
BENEFITS : 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.

Further information on the program and application procedures can be obtained by contacting:

Dr. Sherry Bass, SUNY State College of Optometry,
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

Mission Statement


The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease, housed at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, is to offer qualified optometrists advanced training, education and research opportunities in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and to prepare the resident to become a clinical and didactic educator.  The curriculum has four parts: 1) a patient care component that assures sufficient numbers of encounters and diversity of conditions in a variety of clinical settings both within the College and at external sites, including a hospital setting 2) a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in ocular disease 3) a pedagogic component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom teaching skills and 4) a research/scholarly activity portion.  The resident participates in patient care in other of the College’s clinical units, on a limited and elective basis.  Upon completion of the program, the resident will be qualified to provide high level diagnosis and independent or co-management of ocular diseases in private or institutional settings, engage in self-initiated or collaborative research and related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

GOAL 1.  To attract and select qualified candidates

Objective 1.  The program will be announced in the College’s advertisement of all its residencies, in the AOA News, at least one time per year. 

Objective 2.  The program will be included in the College’s written material made available at the luncheon for residency networking at the annual American Academy of optometry meeting.

Objective 3.  The program will be listed and described on the Residency Page of the College’s Web Site.

Objective 4.  The selection process will be conducted as specified in the College’s current Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs. 

GOAL 2.  To provide advanced training in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and special training procedures at SUNY and within a hospital setting and to increase exposure of the resident to other medical specialties within a hospital setting.

Objective 1.  The resident will examine, manage and provide patient education to at least 100 patients with retinal disease, 100 patients with anterior segment disease, 100 patients with suspected or diagnosed glaucoma and 50 patients with orbital/neuro-ophthalmological disease within the facilities of the SUNY College of Optometry Ocular Disease and Special Testing Service and within the Eye Clinic at Woodhull Hospital.

Objective 2.  The resident will attend, and demonstrate (based upon observation of the resident) an ability to perform procedures covered in the advanced training workshops on testing procedures which the College provides during the Summer academic quarters.

Objective 3. The resident will observe or perform and/or interpret at least 5 VEPs and or ERGs, 5 ultrasound examinations and at least 30 fluorescein angiographies and/or laser procedures.  The resident will observe patient care in a retinal oncology practice for three sessions at an external site.

Objective 4.   The resident will observe the co-management of refractive surgery patients in the office of a refractive surgery specialist.

Objective 5.   The resident will spend a minimum of 50% of their time providing patient care at Woodhull Hospital and observing patient care in other medical clinics within the hospital.

GOAL 3.  To provide the resident with advanced education in ocular disease.

Objective 1.  The resident will complete assigned readings of journal articles, textbooks, and electronic informational services and present a monthly journal review summary.

Objective 2.  The resident will attend at least one scholarly meeting devoted to advanced concepts in ocular disease.

Objective 3.  The resident will attend the required number of Grand Rounds of the SUNY Friday Program, as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.

Objective 4.  The resident will attend the required number of Minor and Major Presentations of the SUNY Friday Program, as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.

GOAL 4.  To provide the resident with experience in clinical and didactic teaching.

Objective 1.  The resident will attend a College sponsored 6-hour lecture on effective oral presentations.

Objective 2.  The resident will give one minor presentation in the SUNY Friday Program, and be formally evaluated.

Objective 3.  The resident will give one major presentation in the SUNY Friday Program. 
Objective 4.  The resident will present at least 5 lectures to optometric interns on assigned topics. 

Objective 5.  Under the mentorship of the program supervisor and other selected faculty, the residents will provide clinical and/or laboratory instruction to optometric interns rotating through the Ocular Disease Clinic during the second half of the residency program.

GOAL 5. To provide the resident with research/scholarly activities opportunities.

Objective 1.  In conjunction with the program supervisor, the resident will specify an independent or collaborative research project by August 15th, with the goal of presenting the results as a poster, paper or publishable article during that year of the program, or within one year after the program’s completion.

Objective 2.  The resident will complete publishable paper in accordance with the policy contained in the College’s Manual for Procedures for Residency Programs.

GOAL 6.  To provide the resident with an opportunity to offer direct patient care in one of the College’s other clinical units for one session per week during the specific rotation when they are assigned to SUNY. 

Objective 1.  In conjunction with the program supervisor, the resident will elect a clinical unit prior to the beginning of each academic quarter, make appropriate arrangements with that unit’s administration, and develop educational objectives to be achieved for the rotation.

GOAL 7.  Individuals who successfully complete this residency will have careers in independent management or co-management of ocular disease, and/or engage in optometric education.

Objective 1.  Former residents will be contacted once every 7 years to ascertain practice settings and duties, history or research/scholarly pursuits, and participation as a provider of optometric education.

Ocular Disease Residency Curriculum