Residency in Cornea and Contact Lenses

Category Title: Cornea and Contact Lenses
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
                                                  Anterior Segment

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

Program Supervisor
David Libassi, OD
Phone: (212) 938-5872
Fax: (212) 938-4146

Additional Program Faculty
Gregory Pamel, MD

Description of Program
This 12-month program is designed to enhance the individual’s understanding of contact lens design and application, as well as their potential impact on corneal physiology. Through direct patient encounter and supervision of third- and fourth-year interns, the Cornea and Contact Lens resident will gain experience primarily in the fitting of rigid gas permeable and custom soft contact lenses. The resident will work alongside senior Specialty Contact Lens Clinical faculty with extensive experience in fitting all lens designs. The resident will fit, manage and follow clinical cases of keratoconus, irregular cornea, post corneal transplant, rigid and soft prosthetic lenses, high myopia, high astigmatism, pediatric aphakia, as well as some disposable soft spherical and toric lenses. Additional clinical time is scheduled each week for the resident to work with a corneal specialist on the diagnosis and management of patients suffering with anomalies of the cornea.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610
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 ORMatch Deadline
ORMS Matching Service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York

Educational Opportunities
Didactic educational requirements are primarily fulfilled by the SUNY Friday Program. This program of weekly seminars by select academic and clinical faculty is designed to reinforce the residents’ broad clinical experiences. In addition, the contact lens resident will attend an off-campus two-day clinical educational program in the fitting and management of ocular prosthetics. Certification of prosthetic training and subsequent patient care at the university provides the resident with a rare and desirable clinical skill. Finally, residents are encouraged to attend and participate in the American Academy of Optometry yearly educational meeting.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident will have direct clinical teaching responsibilities, give both minor and major presentations to other residents and selected faculty, as well as present seminars to the third- and/or fourth-year students.

Research Responsibilities
Working directly with the program supervisor and the coordinator for clinical research the resident will be responsible for conducting his/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an on-going project. Such research will likely involve both clinical as well as laboratory research skills.

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.

Mission Statement
The Cornea and Contact Lens residency, sponsored by the State University of New York State College of Optometry, provides qualified optometrists with advanced clinical education in contact lens patient care.  The program will provide four main components; a clinical patient care component, a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in contact lens care; a teaching component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom educator skills; and research / scholarly activity portion.  The resident is scheduled for direct patient care in the areas of anterior segment and specialty contact lens care.

Upon completion of the program the resident will be qualified to provide high level patient care in the areas of contact lenses, corneal disease management, and pre / post corneal surgery. It is expected that the graduating resident should be clinically prepared to engage in collaborative contact lens research, conduct related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

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