Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease

Category Title: Pediatric Optometry
Program Emphasis Areas: Primary Care Optometry
                                              Ocular disease

BronxCare Health System
1650 Selwyn Ave
Suite 1C
Bronx, NY 10457

Program Supervisors
Tybee Eleff, OD MS DiplABO FAAO
Phone: (718) 960-2041

Danielle Crane, OD FAAO
Phone: (718) 960-2041

Additional Faculty
Ilana B Friedman, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus

Alanna Khattar, OD FAAO DiplABO
Joy Harewood, OD FAAO

Description of Program
The Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease residency at BronxCare Health System is designed to provide highly motivated post-graduate optometrists with a rich clinical learning experience focused primarily on pediatric eye care while also providing the resident with significant exposure to ocular disease in the adult patient population. The diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities provides exposure to patients in both hospital and community-based clinical settings.

The resident will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide full-scope primary eye care to patients of all ages, with a focus on neonates and pediatric patients
  • Co-manage complex strabismus and pediatric ocular disease cases with Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Participate in ROP screenings
  • Co-manage complex ocular diseases with Ophthalmology sub-specialists
  • Provide urgent care within the emergency department
  • Utilize advanced ophthalmic equipment and technology
  • Observe ophthalmic surgical procedures

After completing the program, the resident will have acquired an advanced didactic education as well as a high level of clinical competency in providing full-scope optometric care to the pediatric population while also gaining expertise in areas of ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based, academic, as well as private practice clinical settings.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
Compensation $41,610 + additional pay for required on call hours
Hours Per Week 40 hours/week
On call: Once a week on a rotating basis
Accreditation Pending Accreditation by ACOE
Application Deadline January 31
Professional Liability Insurance Provided by Hospital
Licensure Needed Yes
ORMS Matching Service Yes

Educational Opportunities

  • Attend morning lectures given by the ophthalmology attendings
  • Attend SUNY College of Optometry’s Friday Programs which are both didactic and “hands-on”
  • ·Participate in journal clubs and case conferences with optometry and ophthalmology attendings
  •  Attend the American Academy of Optometry’s (AAO) annual meeting

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities

  • Present minor and major lecture presentations at SUNY College of Optometry
  • Submit at least one abstract for presentation at a major optometric meeting (i.e. AOA, AAO, SECO)
  • Prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed optometric journal
  • Optional involvement in on-going research within the Ophthalmology Department at BronxCare


  • Yearly stipend of  $41,610
  • Additional pay for required on-call hours
  • Protected educational time to attend optometric meetings and conferences
  • Professional liability protection provided
  • Access to SUNY College of Optometry’s libraries
  • Health, dental, vision and other benefits provided by BronxCare Health System
  • Paid time off for vacation and sick time
  • 8 paid holidays observed per year
  • Flexible spending account
  • Access to discount tickets to many recreational activities in the New York City metropolitan area

Mission Statement
The mission of the Optometric Residency Program in Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease at BronxCare Health System is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich multi- disciplinary clinical experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities. This program will enable the resident to gain an advanced level of didactic education and clinical competency in all areas of pediatric eye care as well as adult ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills and confidence to care for the pediatric population as well as diagnose and manage ocular disease presenting in any age group. Graduates will have to tools to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based as well as private optometric clinical settings.

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