Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Brain Injury Rehabilitation)

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Emphasis Areas: Brain Injury Rehabilitation

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

Program Supervisor
M.H. Esther Han, OD, FCOVD, FAAO, Dipl ABO
Phone: (212) 938-5879

Program Description
This 12-month program provides advanced clinical training in diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI). The resident will be involved in consultation, referral and interdisciplinary management of care with rehabilitation, medical and social service professionals. Emphasis is placed upon the interdisciplinary approach to diagnosing and managing patients with oculomotor as well as ocular health conditions relating to ABI.

Program Length 12 months
Start Date July 1
Positions 1
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 ORMatch Deadline
ORMatch Yes (Contact the Program Supervisor for additional program specific materials.)
Professional Liability Insurance Article 8 of the Education Law

Educational Opportunities
Graduate-level seminars on topics relating to acquired brain injury, as well as off-campus experience in departments of rehabilitation medicine at local teaching hospitals will be provided. Training will include direct patient care in the Head Trauma Center. Close interaction with clinical faculty in varied clinical setting provides the resident with enhanced clinical skills and knowledge base.

Teaching Responsibilities
The resident serves as a clinical instructor for fourth-year externs in the Head Trauma Unit at SUNY.

Research/Scholarly Responsibilities
The resident, if interested, is required to participate in clinical research project and complete a publishable paper by the end of the program.

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 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.

Mission Statement
The Residency in Vision Rehabilitation (Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation) provides advanced clinical training in the diagnosis, treatment and vision rehabilitation of patients with acquired brain injury (ABI) that result from trauma, cerebral vascular accident, tumor, aneurysm and postsurgical complications.

The Program Provides:

  • An interdisciplinary approach that is core to managing these patients and includes rehabilitation, medical and social-service professionals.
  • An advanced and concentrated didactic component in acquired brain injury-related vision rehabilitation and primary eye care.
  • Each graduate completing the program with the knowledge base to assume an active role within organized optometry and provide vision rehabilitation and primary eyecare for patients with acquired brain injury in a variety of clinical practices including: private, hospital, university clinical and community-based setting.

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