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Primary Eye Care/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease, Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: VA Northport Medical Center
Program Location: VA
Program Address: 79 Middleville Road
Optometry Service (123)
Northport, New York 11768
Phone Number: 631-261-4400x2136
Fax Number: 631-266-6056
Affiliation: State University of New York, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Diane T. Adamczyk, OD

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: 1979
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in Primary Care/Vision Therapy and Low Vision Rehabilitation seeks to attract the best qualified optometry graduates who have demonstrated an interest in rehabilitative modalities, as well as advanced primary care in an interdisciplinary team setting. The resident will be provided with advanced clinical training in low vision and rehabilitative orthoptics, including evaluation and management of patients with sensorimotor deficits, visual consequences of head trauma and vestibular disorders. In addition, the resident will provide beyond entry level patient care in the diagnosis, treatment and management of ocular diseases. Residents will be involved in multidisciplinary patient care in a VA Medical Center setting. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in these areas.

Program Description:

The residency program at Northport VAMC is designed to provide the graduate optometrist with an excellent training experience through direct clinical care and extensive didactic and scholarly activities. The clinical component of the residency program involves direct patient care and rotations through various clinics throughout the hospital. There are two main components of the program: rehabilitation and hospital-based primary eyecare. The rehabilitative orthoptics component consists of the diagnosis and treatment of visual problems secondary to aging, stroke, TBI and a variety of systemic/ocular conditions, in the construct of a multidisciplinary health team model. Residents also provide care in the hospital's Center of Balance, a unique multidisciplinary program in which patients with vestibular and balance problems are evaluated and treated by Optometry, Audiology, and Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Services. The low vision rehabilitation components consist of diagnostic exams and treatment of patients with low vision/legal blindness in both an outpatient setting and through our comprehensive VICTORS Program (low vision, rehabilitation, social work, etc.). As this is a hospital-based program, the opportunity to interact with medical, social service, nursing and other specialized care practitioners at the hospital is available. The emphasis of the primary eyecare component is the involvement of the residents in the Primary Health Care model and will emphasize the optometrist as the "Primary Eyecare Provider". The residents will be exposed to clinical experiences in the diagnosis and treatment of refractive and binocular conditions, ocular pathology and the ocular consequences of systemic disease and medications. The didactic and scholarly activities component of the program includes morning lectures by staff, journal club, various lecturing responsibilities, attending professional meetings and participation in the comprehensive educational program sponsored by our affiliate.

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

On-call: 1-2 weeks per month

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: Shephali Patel, Supervisor
Telephone: 631-261-4400x2136
Fax: 631-266-6056
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Shephali Patel,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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