Residency in Ocular Disease

Category Title: Ocular Disease
Program Emphasis Areas: Glaucoma

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

Program Supervisor
Dr. Sherry Bass
Phone: (212) 938-5865
Fax: (212) 938-5819

Description of Program
The Residency in Ocular Disease at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry will provide the resident with training and education necessary to deliver advanced ophthalmic care that meets the visual needs of a diverse population of patients having ocular disease. Residents will have responsibilities in patient care, community outreach and patient education, clinical education and research/scholarly activity. The residents will be expected to provide a full range of ophthalmic patient care services with emphasis in the differential diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and visual pathway dysfunction. Residents will also have opportunities to provide eye care in a hospital setting, observe refractive surgery patients and observe ocular surgical procedures. Residents will be members of a multi-disciplinary health care team and be responsible for appropriate utilization of facility resources and personnel. Training is accomplished through direct patient care, seminars, grand rounds, and independent study.

Educational Opportunities
Case conferences are provided by the program and on-site supervisors. The resident participates in a college sponsored program which includes workshops at SUNY Optometry and joint Grand Rounds with residents in other college affiliated programs throughout the year.

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 in the Faculty Development Program. In addition, the resident may be directly involved in teaching during a student laboratory session during their residency.

Research Responsibilities
Working directly with the program supervisor or ocular disease faculty, the resident will be responsible for either conducting his/her own publishable research or actively participating as co-investigator/co-author for an on-going project or case study.

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.

Length of program 12 Months
Required hours per week 40 hrs (Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage)
Number of positions 4
Compensation level $41,610
Starting date July 1
Accreditation status Fully Accredited by ACOE
Application deadline ORMatch Deadline
Use forms matching service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law of the State of New York


Mission Statement
The mission of the Residency in Ocular Disease, housed at the State University of New York, State College of Optometry, is to offer qualified optometrists advanced training, education and research opportunities in the diagnosis and treatment of ocular disease and to prepare the resident to become a clinical and didactic educator. The curriculum has four parts: 1) a patient care component that assures sufficient numbers of encounters and diversity of conditions in a variety of clinical settings both within the College and at external sites, including a hospital setting 2) a didactic component that provides advanced knowledge in ocular disease 3) a pedagogic component that allows for the acquisition of clinical and classroom teaching skills and 4) a research/scholarly activity portion. The resident participates in patient care in other of the College’s clinical units, on a limited and elective basis. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be qualified to provide high level diagnosis and independent or co-management of ocular diseases in private or institutional settings, engage in self-initiated or collaborative research and related scholarly activities, and function as an optometric educator in this field.

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