Combined Optometry Residency & Graduate Degrees
SUNY State College of Optometry
33 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
Dr. Joan K. Portello
Phone: (212) 938-4170
The combined Residency/Graduate program at SUNY Optometry offers a unique opportunity for new ODs seeking a graduate degree in vision science research in an area with clinical application while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies. The residency program will be completed over a two year period (equivalent to a 12 month program), while concurrent graduate work occurs. The master’s degree can be anticipated to be completed within 2-3 years, and the first 1-2 years of the PhD can be completed during residency training. Clinical areas of interest will be coupled with graduate work/research in areas such as: Primary Care, Pediatrics, Cornea and Contact Lens, Vision Rehabilitation, Traumatic Brain Injury, or Ocular Disease.
Residency: 2 years, start date July 1 (50% time devoted to Residency Program)
Graduate Degree: Masters – 2 years to completion
PhD – 2-3 years beyond residency to completion 12 months
For description of Graduate Program in Vision Science:
Hours Per Week
50% of time (approximately 20 hours) specific for the residency
Remaining 50% of time specific to graduate studies
Fully accredited by ACOE
The deadline for application to the Graduate Program is December 31st
*Because residency program is combined with graduate program, please view specific program requirements, applications process and benefits.
The deadline for application to the residency program through ORMatch is January 31st
ORMS Matching Service
A wide variety of educational opportunities exist which includes SUNY’s Didactic Program, as well as additional lectures and seminars specific to the clinical area of interest, and work in the graduate program.
The resident will have the opportunity to do clinical or laboratory teaching.
Research opportunities will be in conjunction with graduate studies in the area of clinical interest.
Leave – Sick: 5 days/year Annual: 7 days/year and Medical, Dental & Vision Coverage
*Applicant must be accepted first into the Graduate Program prior to applying through ORMatch. *OD degree from an accredited school of optometry
*Successful completion of Parts 1, 2, 3 and TMOD of the National Board
*NY State Licensure (eligible for applicants)
The combined Graduate/Residency program, at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, provides an individual with the opportunity to obtain advanced clinical competency in an area of optometric care through a residency program, coupled with a graduate degree (masters or PhD) that complements the clinical experience. Translational research and the direct clinical application will occur while developing and maintaining advanced clinical competencies.