Externship Program

The professional program’s fourth year of optometric education requires the successful completion of four clinical rotations including one internship within the University Eye Center (UEC). Each rotation lasts for one quarter of the academic year (12 weeks). During these rotations, students experience a rigorous clinical experience in the following settings: Ocular Disease–Hospital VA, Family Practice–Primary Care/Contact Lenses, or Specialty Care (e.g. Ocular Disease Co-Management, Vision Therapy, Advanced Cornea–Contact Lenses, Low Vision, etc.)

During the internship rotation, Senior Seminar courses are held to reinforce clinical problem solving and integration. The coordination and educational experience of the Clinical Externship program is managed by the Director of Clinical Externships, The Externship Program Administrator, The Chair of the Department of Clinical Education, and site supervisors and adjunct-faculty at each external location. This includes the establishment and ongoing real-time assessment of the external sites, the support of the externship site supervisor and professional staff, the guidance of students through the clinical externship assignment process, the supervision and assessment of the student/extern’s performance, reviewing adjunct faculty credentials and making recommendations to the Dean of Academic Affairs regarding the assignment of adjunct faculty status.

Given that SUNY Optometry fourth year students have completed didactic training, they are expected to be able to fully apply didactic knowledge to their clinical care in real-time, taking full responsibility for self-directed review and acquisition of new knowledge.

The Director of Externships works closely in conjunction with the Fourth-Year Instructor of Record (IOR–who also manages the 4th year internship program) to provide externs with a well-rounded fourth-year experience.


Externship Site Locations

Ocular Disease - Hospital VA

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Coral Gables, FL

Bellevue Hospital, New York, NY

East New York, Brooklyn, NY

Gouverneur Health, New York, NY

Gundersen Eye (Decorah), Decorah, IA

Lawton Indian Hospital, Lawton, OK

Richmond University Medical Center

VA Albany Stratton, Albany, NY

VA Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

VA Boston, Boston, MA

VA Brooklyn, Brooklyn, NY

VA Buffalo, Buffalo, NY

VA Hudson Valley, Montrose, NY

VA Lyons, Lyons, NJ

VA Northport, Northport, NY

VA Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA

VA St. Albans, Jamaica, NY

VA St. Cloud, St. Cloud, MN

VA Syracuse, Syracuse, NY

VA West Haven, West Haven, CT

Woodhull Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Family Practice - Primary Care/Contact Lenses

Annapolis Naval Medical Clinic

Brooklyn Diabetes & Eye Center, Brooklyn, NY

Chu Vision Institute, Bloomington, MN

City Eye MD, New York, NY

Compton Eye Associates, New York, NY

Customized Vision Care, Brea, CA

Downtown Eye Care, Brooklyn, NY

Eye and Sight Center, Voorhees, NJ

Eye Care Unlimited/Pisacano Eye, Bronx, NY

Eyecon Optometry, Reseda, CA

Family Vision Care and Vision Therapy, San Carlos, CA

Fenway Health

High Mountain Eye Care/Maple Eye Care, North Haledon, NJ

Hunter Family Vision, Leawood, KS

Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, NY

Levin Eye Care, Pikesville, MD

Malik Eye Care, Hollis, NY

Metro Eye MD, Bayside, NY

New England EyeWorks, Keene, NH

North Suburban Vision Consultants, Deerfield, IL

PAJE Optemetrics, Santa Ana, CA

Patino Eye Care, Jackson Heights, NY

Richlin Eye Associates, Beverly Hills, CA

Scott Morrison Optometry, New Paltz, NY

Triangle Visions Optometry

Walter Reed, Bethesda, MD

Specialty Care

Aran Eye Associates, Coral Gables, FL

Capital Eye Consultants, Fairfax, VA

Eyecare Professionals PC, Hamilton Square, NJ

Ezra Medical Center, Brooklyn, NY

Flinders Vision – ITL, Adelaide, SA

Fromer Eye Care, New York, NY

Gentile Retina

James S Lewis MD Ophthalmology, Elkins Park, PA

Magruder Laser Vision, Orlando, FL

Medical & Surgical Eyesite, Brooklyn, NY

Miller Ophthalmology, West Orange, NJ

New York Laser Vision, Brooklyn, NY

NY Ophthalmology, Bronx, NY

NY Vision Group, New York, NY

NYU Faculty Practice, New York, NY

OMNI Atlanta, Atlanta, GA

OMNI Baltimore, Baltimore, MD

OMNI New Jersey, Iselin, NJ

OMNI New York, New York, NY

Ophthalmic Consultants of CT, Fairfield, CT

SUNY Advanced Care – INH, New York, NY

SUNY Contact Lens – INH, New York, NY

SUNY Pediatrics – INH, New York, NY

SUNY Rehabilitation – INH, New York, NY

SUNY Research – INH, New York, NY

Virginia Eye Consultants, Norfolk, VA