Residency in Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Optometry

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Emphasis Areas: Ocular Disease

United States Department of Veterans Affairs
New York Harbor Health Care System
Optometry Section/Surgical Service
112 800 Poly Place
Brooklyn, NY 11209

Program Supervisor
Evan Canellos, OD
Phone: (718) 836-6600 ext. 6497
Fax: (718) 630-3573

Additional Faculty

Murray Fingeret, OD
John Laudi, MD
Michelle D’Amura, OD

Program Description
The goal of this residency program is to enhance the clinical skills of recent graduates with emphasis on delivering primary care optometry within a multidisciplinary environment and treating and managing a host of ocular diseases. There are 4 positions for the program, with equal time spent at each hospital. The St. Albans VA Hospital sits on 30 acre campus-like site in Queens, New York, near Kennedy Airport. It is about 3 miles from the Nassau County border and 20 miles from both the Brooklyn VA Medical Center and Manhattan. The Brooklyn VA Medical Center is located at the base of the Verrazano Bridge, adjacent to Fort Hamilton in the Bay Ridge section of Brooklyn. The St. Albans VA Extended Care Center, a division of the Brooklyn VA Medical Center has 225 beds serving as an out-patient clinic, domiciliary and an intermediate and extended care facility. The Brooklyn VAMC is a 275-bed acute care medical and teaching center. The Optometry section provides primary eyecare to inpatients and outpatients at the St. Albans VA Extended Care Center and the Brooklyn VAMC.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 4
Compensation $40,237
Hours Per Week 40
Accreditation Fully accredited by ACOE
Application Deadline ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes
Professional Liability Insurance Federal Tort

Educational Opportunities
Conferences and seminars are held weekly. Ophthalmologic Grand Rounds, Retina Clinic and conferences are held weekly at the Brooklyn VAMC and SUNY Downstate Medical School. Three days per month are devoted to a college sponsored program which includes seminars at SUNY and a joint Grand Rounds meeting. Residents have the opportunity to rotate through other clinics in the hospital through the PRIME program. For example, general medicine, hematology/oncology, rheumatology and thyroid/diabetes clinic. Residents also have the opportunity to observe various ophthalmologic surgery like cataract extractions, trabeculectomy, etc.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident acts as clinical instructor for fourth year optometry students who rotate through the facility.

Research Responsibilities
Each resident is expected to write a publishable paper.

Eligible to participate in the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program and Federal Employees Group Life Insurance. The resident’s portion of the health and life insurance premium depends on the plan and coverage selected. Residents earn 13 days sick leave and 13 days annual leave.

Mission Statement
The mission of the NY Harbor Health Care System (Brooklyn/St. Albans) is to afford the resident training and education to provide for the ocular and visual needs of a middle-aged to elderly population of veterans. Each resident will gain clinical experience in a primary care facility (St. Albans campus) and an acute care facility (Brooklyn campus). Each resident will be expected to diagnose and provide basic care in all aspects of optometry and advanced care in ocular disease with an emphasis on glaucoma. The resident will act as a full member of the healthcare team with the ability to utilize all hospital resources and services. Residents will be prepared to assume academic/teaching responsibilities as part of their function in a healthcare service environment.

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