Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Acquired Brain Injury)/Primary Eye Care Optometry

SUNY College of Optometry, NYC

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

Program Supervisor
Allen Cohen, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4110
Email: acohen@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
This 12-month program provides advanced clinical training in diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The resident will be involved in consultation, referral and interdisciplinary management of care with rehabilitation, medical and social service professionals. Emphasis is placed upon the interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing patients with oculomotor as well as ocular health conditions relating to ABI.

Program Length

12 months

Start Date

July 1

Positions

1

Compensation

$37,288

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

ORMatch

Yes (Contact the Program Supervisor for additional program specific materials.)

Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars on topics relating to acquired brain injury, as well as off-campus experience in departments of rehabilitation medicine at local teaching hospitals will be provided. Training will include direct patient care in the Head Trauma Center. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical setting provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for fourth-year externs in the Head Trauma Unit at SUNY.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
The resident, if interested, is required to participate in clinical research project and complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

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 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 Vision Rehabilitation (Acquired Brain Injury)/Primary Eye Care provides advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) that result from trauma, cerebral vascular accident, tumor, aneurysm and postsurgical complications.

The Program Provides

  • An interdisciplinary approach that is core to managing these patients and includes rehabilitation, medical and social-service professionals.

  • An advanced and concentrated didactic component in acquired brain injury-related vision rehabilitation and primary eye care.

  • Each graduate completing the program with the knowledge base to assume an active role within organized optometry and provide vision rehabilitation and primary eyecare for patients with acquired brain injury in a variety of clinical practices including: private, hospital, university clinical and community-based setting.

Goal 1:  To attract highly qualified candidates.
Objectives:  

  1. To inform and recruit fourth-year optometric students at each school of optometry nationwide about this residency program.

  2. To announce the program in the College’s advertisement of all its residencies in the AOA News at least 1 time per year.

  3. The program will be included in the College’s written material made available at the luncheon for residency networking at the annual meetings of the American Academy of Optometry and the American Optometric Student Association.

  4. The program will be listed and described on the Residency Page of the College’s website.

Goal 2:  To select the best-qualified candidates from the pool of applicants.
Objectives:

  1. Every candidate must complete the ORMatch application process and sit for a personal interview at the College.

  2. A committee made up of representatives from the SUNY College of Optometry will select the candidates for the ORMatch ranking process.

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

Goal 3: To provide appropriate administrative support commensurate with the needs of the program.
Objectives: 

  1. The program supervisor will have adequate time to administer the program and be available for oversight and consultation for the resident.

  2. The Director of Residencies at SUNY College of Optometry shall meet regularly with the Program Supervisor.

  3. There will be adequate administrative support for this program, with at least 0.1 FTE secretarial support services for this program.

Goal 4:  To provide facilities, equipment and resources commensurate with the needs of the program.
Objectives:

  1. To provide a workstation with computer access for the resident at SUNY College of Optometry.

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

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

Goal 5: There must be an appropriate clinical patient base for the program.
Objective:  

  1. Each resident will devote at least:

    • 50% of their clinical time in the Vision Rehabilitation Service for patients with acquired brain injury in SUNY College of Optometry’s Raymond J. Greenwald Rehabilitation Center and/or the Neuro-Optometric Service in SUNY College of Optometry’s Ocular Disease and Special Testing Service.

    • 20% of their clinical time in SUNY College of Optometry’s Primary Care Service.

    • 10% of their clinical time in elective clinical service units of the University Optometric Center.

  2. Each resident should have the following minimum number of (ABI)/Primary Eye Care patient encounters with each of the following primary vision diagnoses:

    • Version deficits (pursuit, saccades, fixation): 200

    • Vergence dysfunction: 200            

    • Visual Field Defect: 80

    • Accommodative dysfunction: 40

    • Cataract: 80

    • Glaucoma: 80

    • Diabetic Retinopathy: 20

    Each resident should have the following minimum number of distinct patient encounters according to age and/or systemic diagnoses:
    • Traumatic Brain Injury: 80

    • Stroke: 40

    • Aneurysm, tumor, anoxia: 40

    • Vestibular dysfunction: 40

    • Children (under 18 years): 20

Goal 6:  Each resident will participate in interactive evaluations and receive feedback regarding their clinical and academic development during the program.
Objectives:

  1. Each resident will be reviewed quarterly, in writing, by clinical supervisors and the results of these evaluations will be discussed by the resident and the Program Supervisor.

  2. Each resident will have regular opportunities to discuss their impressions about the program and request modifications for the remainder of the program to better meet its educational objectives.

Goal 7:  A postgraduate level lecture and seminar program on topics related to Vision Rehabilitation (ABI)/Primary Eye Care will be provided.
Objectives:

  1. The resident will attend the required number of grand rounds, minor and major presentations of the SUNY Friday Program, as specified in the College’s Manual of Procedures for Residency Programs.

  2. Each resident will attend 3 seminars on topics relating to acquired brain injury in-house and out-of house, presented by SUNY Faculty and selected guest lecturers from departments of rehabilitation medicine at local teaching hospitals.

  3. Each resident will attend or participate in at least one clinical grand rounds at a department of physical medicine and rehabilitation at a local teaching hospital.

Goal 8: To develop or enhance the resident’s didactic skills and scholarly activities.
Objectives:

  1. The resident will make 1 major presentation and 1 minor presentation as required by the SUNY College of Optometry Friday Program.

  2. The resident will submit 1 case report as a poster/paper presentation at a professional meeting.

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

Goal 9: To develop the resident’s intra- and interprofessional communication abilities and skills.
Objectives:

  1. The resident will attend at least 3 days of approved professional meetings.

  2. To develop professional communication skills, the resident will write a minimum of  10 referral letters that summarize their clinical patient care to rehabilitation professionals, including optometrists, ophthalmologists and neuro-ophthalmologists, as well as non-eyecare practitioners (teachers, social workers, occupational therapists, physical therapists, occupational therapists, physical therapists, neurologists, internists, physiatrists, attorneys, etc.).

Goal 10: To increase the resident’s skills and knowledge about clinical research.
Objective: 

  1. The resident will have the opportunity to participate in an activity related to clinical research such as a clinical research project or research symposium.

Goal 11: To enhance the resident’s ability to act as a clinical educator.
Objectives:

  1. The resident will supervise third- and fourth-year optometry interns for at least 1 clinic session per week during the winter and spring quarters.  The resident will be teamed up with at least 1 faculty member in these clinic sessions.

  2. Following completion of the residency program, the resident will have the qualifications to be considered for a faculty position at an optometric educational institution.

Goal 12: To prepare graduates to specialize in, teach, and promote Vision Rehabilitation (ABI)/Primary Eye Care for patients with acquired brain injury.
Objectives:

  1. Graduates of the residency program will be encouraged to begin the process of becoming a Fellow of the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, Fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, and/or Member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association.

  2. Following completion of the residency program, the graduate will have the knowledge base to assume an active role within organized optometry and Vision Rehabilitation (ABI)/Primary Eye Care for patients with acquired brain injury in a variety of modes of clinical practice: private, hospital, university clinical and community-based setting.

ABI Vision Rehabilitation Residency Curriculum