Pediatric and Infant Vision Optometry

SUNY College of Optometry, NYC

Program Supervisor
Marilyn Vricella, OD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 938-4143
Fax: (212) 938-5819

Description of Program
This program encompasses both primary and secondary pediatric care. Emphasis is placed upon visual development and its importance in society. Areas of concern include infants and toddlers, preschool and school-age children. The resident will experience multidisciplinary child care which will include ocular pathology, general pediatrics, children with special needs, special testing, strabismus/amblyopia and outreach programs.

Program Length

12 months

Start Date

July 1





Hours Per Week

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


Fully accredited by ACOE

Application Deadline

February 1

ORMS Matching Service


Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars are presented to the resident. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical settings provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for interns in the Pediatric clinics of SUNY.

Research Responsibilities
The resident may interact with faculty members regarding scholarly activity. Each resident is required to complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

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.

In addition to the material requested by the ORMS matching service, please submit official undergraduate college transcripts and answers to the following questions to the Program Supervisor at the address indicated below:

Dr. Marilyn Vricella 
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

  1. Why are you interested in the Pediatric Optometry Residency?

  2. Briefly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician.

  3. Do your professional school transcripts accurately reflect your abilities? If not, why not?

  4. How do you view your role as a children’s healthcare provider? (In your answer, you can include your previous experiences with children.)

Mission Statement

The Residency in Pediatric Optometry provides advanced levels of clinical skills, teaching and the opportunity for scholarly activity.  The residency covers the breadth of primary and secondary pediatric vision care.  Residents of the program will deliver advanced levels of care in group health settings, serve as educators in optometric or related health institutions and conduct clinical scholarly activity with the goal of professional leadership and social change in pediatric vision care for Optometry and in the greater community.

Clinical Scholarship Goals

Goal 1: To conduct clinical scholarly activity with an emphasis in pediatric patient care.

Clinical Practice Goals

Goal 1: To provide care in a variety of clinical settings.

  1. Each resident will be exposed to a minimum of 750 total patient encounters including the following minimum numbers of infant/pediatric encounters:

     Total Number of Patients:

    Pediatric vision clinics/hospitals

    150-250 encounters

    Infants vision clinics/hospitals

    150-250 encounters

    Preschool and infants therapy

    15-25 encounters

    Pediatric Ophthalmology

    yearly dependent

    Pediatric Vision Screenings
    (Modified Clinical Technique)

    50 encounters

  2. Each resident will keep a daily log of their clinical encounters.

  3. At the completion of a quarter, each resident will meet with the program supervisor or designee to evaluate the term and his/her clinical progress evaluation.

Goal 2: To expose the resident to other professional disciplines.

  1. The resident will be exposed to professionals from at least 4 of the following clinical areas and/or disciplines:

    • Pediatrics:

      • General 

      • Neonatal

      • Child Development

      • Neural Development

      • Pediatric Oncology

      • Other

    • Psychology:

      • Developmental

      • Child

    • Children with Special Needs:

      • Occupational Therapist

      • Physical Therapist

      • Speech Pathologist

    • Rehabilitation of the Visually Handicapped:

      • Head Trauma

      • Education

      • Learning Disabilities

  2. The resident will keep a daily log of these activities/encounters.

  3. At the completion of each quarter, the resident will meet with the program supervisor or designee to evaluate the term and his/her progress in achieving these activities.

Goal 3: To network within optometric specialties.

  1. The resident will be exposed to a total of 40 to 50 clinical encounters drawn from the following areas:

    • Strabismus/Amblyopia
    • Vision Therapy/Skills
    • Special Testing
    • Biofeedback
    • Eye Movements
    • Perceptual/Developmental
    • Contact lenses
    • Low Vision
    • (Encounters in specific areas will vary according to resident interest)
  2. Each resident will keep a daily log of these encounters.

  3. At the completion of a quarter, each resident will meet with the program supervisor or designee to evaluate the term and his/her progress.

Goal 4: To conduct clinical scholarly activity.

  1. Each resident will produce a publishable quality paper.

  2. Each resident will submit a poster/paper/research to an Optometric meeting.

Teaching Goals

Goal 1: To learn to teach by way of lectures and professional presentations.

  1. The resident will offer at least 1 presentation on an approved topic. The lecture will be of a minimum of 50 minutes.

  2. The resident will develop and present at least 1 case report during the academic year and this presentation will be evaluated. 

  3. The resident will participate in the Friday Program for SUNY residents.

  4. The resident will be aided in achieving these objectives through instruction in fundamental teaching methods.

Goal 2:  To teach in the capacity of a clinical supervisor.

  1. Each resident will spend at least 10 (three-hour) sessions supervising interns or externs in the Pediatric Clinics of SUNY College of Optometry.

  2. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be capable of serving and/or teaching on a pediatric clinical staff.

Pediatrics Residency Curriculum