SUNY Optometry Residents’ Days Bring the College Community Together for Continuing Education, Camaraderie

March 18, 2019
2018-2019 residents with their supervisors
2018-2019 residents with their supervisors

SUNY Optometry’s 2019 Residents’ Days featured 40 lectures by residents from 18 programs on March 14 and 15.

Each resident presented a one-hour Council of Optometric Practitioner Education-approved lecture for an audience of nearly 300 attendees, including faculty, students, former residents and doctors from outside the College.

“It is a reunion of sorts that brings every level of optometric experience together,” says Dr. Diane T. Adamczyk, a College professor and director of residency education. “The event is a result of the work of many people coming together and building the platform for the residents to shine.”

Residency programs at SUNY Optometry cover specialties from primary care and pediatrics to ocular disease at sites including veterans’ hospitals, private practices, OD/MD practices, military bases and the College’s University Eye Center. Each lecture had a unique focus, providing attendees with a range of topics and perspectives.

Dr. Ayah Ahamed
Dr. Ayah Ahamed

The event demonstrates SUNY Optometry’s commitment to educating the next generation of optometrists and providing the highest level of patient care, according to Dr. Ayah Ahamed ‘18, an ocular disease resident who received her OD and MS degrees from the College.

“The most fulfilling part of the event for me was attending lectures taught by other residents on fascinating topics,” says Dr. Ahamed, who presented on the history, etiology, pathophysiology and differential diagnoses of Roth spots. “I realized how much we have all grown as a result of our respective programs.”

Dr. Adamczyk worked with residency supervisors to help develop the residents’ public speaking skills through workshops, video recordings and feedback during the months leading up to the presentations for the 14th annual event.

She says the residents continue to raise the bar. “When I think the level of excellence has reached its pinnacle, they continue to exceed that.”

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