Pediatric and Infant Vision Optometry

Program Supervisor
Marilyn Vricella, OD
SUNY College of Optometry
33 West 42nd St
New York, NY 10036

Phone: (212) 938-4143
Fax: (212) 938-5819
Email: mvricella@sunyopt.edu

Description of Program
The mission of the Optometry Residency Program in Pediatric and Infant Vision at SUNY College of Optometry is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich clinical learning experience that focuses on advanced pediatric eye care in a multi-disciplinary setting.  Age of emphasis include infants, toddlers, preschool and school aged children.  Areas of emphasis include general pediatrics and children with special needs and other high risk populations.  The resident will gain exposure to multi-disciplinary child care including strabismus, amblyopia, myopia control,pediatric ocular pathology and neuro optometry, advanced ophthalmic equipment/ special testing, and visual and perceptual skills training.

Residents in Pediatric Optometry will become proficient in advanced levels of clinical skills, have exposure to diverse patient base in multidisciplinary setting which includes the University Eye Center of the SUNY College of Optometry as well as Woodhull Hospital.  The residents will have clinical teaching opportunities and multiple options for scholarly activity. The residency covers the breadth of primary and secondary pediatric vision care. Residents of the program will deliver advanced levels of clinical care in group health settings, serve as educators in optometric and/or related health institutions, and conduct clinical scholarly activity with the goal of professional leadership and social change in pediatric vision care for Optometry and in the greater community.  Individuals who complete the program will possess the skills and confidence to be able to deliver high levels of evidence based pediatric clinical care.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 2
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 January 28
ORMS Matching Service Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law

Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars are presented to the resident. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical settings provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for interns in the Pediatric clinics of SUNY.

Research Responsibilities
The resident may interact with faculty members regarding scholarly activity. Each resident is required to complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

Benefits
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.

In addition to the material requested by the ORMS matching service, please submit official undergraduate college transcripts and answers to the following questions to the Program Supervisor:

  1. Why are you interested in the Pediatric Optometry Residency?
  2. Briefly evaluate your strengths and weaknesses as a clinician.
  3. Do your professional school transcripts accurately reflect your abilities? If not, why not?
  4. How do you view your role as a children’s healthcare provider? (In your answer, you can include your previous experiences with children.)

Mission Statement
The Residency in Pediatric Optometry provides advanced levels of clinical skills, teaching and the opportunity for scholarly activity. The residency covers the breadth of primary and secondary pediatric vision care. Residents of the program will deliver advanced levels of care in group health settings, serve as educators in optometric or related health institutions and conduct clinical scholarly activity with the goal of professional leadership and social change in pediatric vision care for Optometry and in the greater community.

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