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Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Glaucoma
Program Site: VA Harbor Health
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 800 Poly Place
Optometry Section/Surgical Service 112
Brooklyn, New York 11209
Phone Number: 718-836-6600x6497
Fax Number:
Affiliation: State University of New York, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Diane Adamczyk, OD

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1984
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program 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.

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 Verazzano 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: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 4
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 Hours

Requirements for Completion:

Requirements for Completion of Program: * Fulfillment of the academic obligation, which includes attendance to: Minor & Major Presentations, Didactic Program/Grand Rounds ("Friday Programs"), Core Didactic Curriculum * Present a minor (20 minute) and a major (50 minute) presentation * Publishable quality paper * Maintenance and completion of supervisor evaluation, patient logs, etc. * Meeting professional and clinical responsibilities * Fulfillment of terms of employment * Any program specific requirements, attendance, and satisfactory clinical and professional achievements

Program Salary/Stipend: $40,516.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: Yes

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Evan Canellos, Supervisor
Telephone: 718-836-6600x6497
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Evan Canellos, OD

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*United States Citizen *OD degree from an accredited school of optometry *Successful completion of all parts of the National Board of Examiners in Optometry is preferred prior to the application deadline. *Licensure before completion of the first year of the VA residency

United States citizenship is required to qualify for VHA appointment in a paid VA optometry resident position funded by the Office of Academic Affiliations. Reference: VA Handbook 5005/57, Part II, Chapter 3, Paragraph 3.g.(1) & (5)(c), dated June 14, 2012.
Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline

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