Residency in Pediatrics/Ocular Disease

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

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

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

Additional Faculty
Ilana B Friedman, MD

Description of Program
The Optometry Residency in Pediatrics/Ocular Disease 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 hour / week
On call: Once a week on a rotating basis
Accreditation Pending Accreditation by ACOE
Application Deadline January 20, 2019
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
  •  Travel to 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
  • Present at the BronxCare annual Ophthalmology Resident’s Research Symposium
  • 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 Eye Care/Ocular Disease at the BronxCare Health System is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich clinical learning experience focused on pediatric eye care in a multidisciplinary setting while also providing the resident with significant exposure to ocular disease in patients of all ages. The BronxCare Health System offers a diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities in both multi-disciplinary and interdisciplinary health care settings. This program will enable the resident to gain an advanced level of education and clinical experience in pediatric eye care as well as an advanced knowledge of ocular disease through significant clinical exposure. Additionally, the resident will acquire advanced didactic education through lectures given at the BronxCare Health System as well as other residency sites associated with SUNY College of Optometry. Graduates of this optometry 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.

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