The College has a rich history in clinical residency education. The Residency in Vision Therapy was the first year-long program in the country. Residencies provide the opportunity to gain increased knowledge and clinical training for the newly graduated optometrist in a particular area of vision care.
Throughout the year, residents participate in grand rounds, workshops and/or a series of lectures and seminars at the College. Emphasis is placed on the development of the residents’ didactic and clinical teaching skills. Each resident is required to present a minor and major presentation and submit a paper of publishable quality. SUNY’s unique didactic program provides all affiliated residencies the opportunity to interact with residents and faculty at sites other than their own. All residencies are one year in duration and are accredited, or pending accreditation, by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education (ACOE). The starting date for all residency programs is July 1. At the completion of the residency program, SUNY confers a Certificate of Advanced Clinical Competency.
SUNY, State College of Optometry: Residency Program Mission, Goals and Objectives:
The Mission of the Office of Residency Education is to provide the following to its residency programs, either sponsored at SUNY or affiliated with the College: educational direction, a didactic program and guidance in meeting accreditation requirements and the highest standards in residency education.
Goal 1: To Provide a didactic curriculum for all programs to participate in.
Objective 1: Establish and organize the SUNY didactic program (referred to as the “Friday Program”), which includes workshops, lectures, and seminars.
Objective 2: Establish and organize the “Core Curriculum” of the Friday Program.
Goal 2: To have all residency programs meet accreditation requirements, including achieving accreditation within one year of its establishment.
Objective 1: Each residency program’s annual review will be reviewed to assure that each program is meeting Accreditation Council on Optometric Education, along with meeting the program’s mission, goals and objective.
Objective 2: New programs will become fully accredited within 1 year of its establishment.
Goal 3: To establish and expand residency programs which will train individuals to develop unique skills and competencies in one or more areas of optometric practice for current and future health care needs.
Objective 1: Establish new residency programs based on needs assessment.
Objective 2: Provide residency programs that train an individual to achieve advanced clinical competencies.
Goal 4: To have well qualified residency supervisors.
Objective 1: Evaluation of the residency supervisors two times per year by the resident.
Objective 2: Meet with the supervisors on a yearly basis to form assessment and improvement plans for both the program and their role as supervisors.
Goal 5: To have a well-qualified residency director to provide assistance and direction to the programs in the areas of accreditation, education, growth and recruitment.
Objective 1: The Residency Director or a representative will attend recruitment opportunities at national meetings such as the American Academy of Optometry and American Optometric Student Association.
Objective 2: The Residency Director will provide assistance and direction to the residency supervisors for annual reviews and accreditation site visits.
Objective 3: The Residency Director will oversee the program’s educational component and work with the residency supervisor to assure and maintain the highest quality clinical education program.
Goal 6: To provide educational support to the residents.
Objective 1: Provide the resident with resources to assist in meeting their pursuit of evidence based practice.
Objective 2: Provide funding, as available, to support residents who present at conferences.
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List of Programs
Visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) to learn more about optometric residency programs.
All candidates must follow the guidelines established by the ORMatch. This matching service is utilized by all programs, except the Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro Optometric Rehabilitation) at Womack Army Medical Center, which does not participate in ORMatch. (Womack follows a military application process. Please contact the program directly for details). Visit ORMatch for information and application instructions.
Please check with individual residency program supervisors for any additional requirements to ORMatch that are specific to that program.
Residents must obtain an OD degree prior to the start of the residency from a school, or college, of optometry accredited by Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.
Prospective residents currently on an F-1 visa must apply for an OPT extension in a timely manner. The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) permit applicants to apply up to 90 days before completion of their degree program. However, it is critical that the OPT visa is applied for as close to that 90 day opening date as possible, as case processing times have increased dramatically, and may take up to 5 months to complete. Prospective residents should contact the Designated School Official (DSO) at their current institution to begin the process. Prospective residents will be required to provide proof of filing their OPT visa applications to the residency supervisor by February 28, 2021. Failure to file by this date may be cause for denial of your residency application. Waivers will be granted for students from schools with late graduations which do not permit filing by February 28, 2021. Waivers for any other reason will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
Prospective residency candidates please review the additional information sheet for more details.
All persons appointed to the staff of the SUNY College of Optometry are required to provide, on the first day of work, written documentation that they have authorization to work in the United States.
For more information on the SUNY College of Optometry’s Affiliated Residency Programs, please contact:
Diane T. Adamczyk, OD
Director of Residency Education
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036