Dr. Irwin B. Suchoff Residency Program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Emphasis Areas: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation

Program Supervisor:
Alexandria Tilley, OD
Phone: (212) 938-4160
Fax: (212) 938-5819
Email: atilley@sunyopt.edu

Program Description
The program provides a concentrated clinical experience and advanced didactic knowledge in optometric vision therapy. In addition to the Vision Therapy Service, the residents rotate through other clinics at the University Eye Center including Ocular Disease and Primary Care. Emphasis is placed on the Head Trauma Unit, the Pediatric Service, and Myopia Control. The residents gain experience working with general binocular and oculomotor deficiencies, visual perceptual deficits, acquired brain injury and complex strabismus.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $41,610
Hours Per Week 40-45 (Approximately 4 weeks per year rotating with other residents. Currently SUNY 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

Educational Opportunities
Special advanced level lectures and workshops are presented to the residents by various faculty members and residency alumni. Topics include amblyopia and strabismus, neuro-optometric rehabilitation, optometric intervention in special populations, behavioral optometry, and advanced therapy procedures

Teaching Responsibilities
Residents serve as teaching assistants in Third Year Vision Therapy Laboratories. They serve as clinical instructors in vision therapy and pediatric clinics.

Research Responsibilities
The residents may choose to work with a faculty research person of their choice during the course of their program.

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 residency in vision therapy seeks to attract the best-qualified candidates and provide them with advanced didactic knowledge and a concentrated clinical experience in optometric vision therapy. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in vision therapy, serve as teachers in optometric institutions and serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the areas of vision therapy and binocular vision.

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