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Primary Eye Care Residency

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: SUNY Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 33 W 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036
Phone Number: 212-938-4161
Fax Number:
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: 1999
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The Primary Eye Care Optometry residency, at the State University of New York,College of Optometry provides the highly qualified optometrist with the opportunity to advance in all aspects of Primary Eyecare rendered to a diverse patient population. Opportunities are provided to diagnose, treat and manage a wide variety of visual system problems, including ocular diseases, and ocular manifestations of systemic diseases.

Program Description:

The residency in Primary Eye Care Optometry provides a broad based clinical experience in all aspects of Primary Care. The residents expand their clinical knowledge by rotating through the SUNY Primary Eye Care Clinic in order to experience a wide variety of patient types. This includes both adult and pediatric patients, and patients requiring contact lens care, diagnosis of binocular anomalies, diagnosis, management and treatment of glaucoma, retinal disease, and emergency eye care needs. In addition, the resident rotates through the SUNY Glaucoma Institute, Specialty Contact Lens service, Retina clinic and experiences urban clinical patient care at Woodhull Hospital in Brooklyn. The resident gains experience in refractive surgery co-management by rotating through TLC laser center in Manhattan. In a teaching capacity, the resident instructs first and second-year interns in the labs and supervises third-year interns in the Primary Eye Care clinic. Additionally, the resident can pursue specific clinical interests in vision therapy, low vision, pediatric and infant eye care, head trauma, retina, neuro-optometry, cornea and specialty contact lens clinics.

Program Length: 1 year
Number of Positions Available in Program: 2
Program Starting Date: July 1st
Typical Weekly Hours and After-Hours Responsibilities:

40 hours (includes Saturday) Plus On-call: Approximately 4 weeks/year rotating with other residents. Currently, on-call consists of phone triage.

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: $43,170.00
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Paid Sick Leave

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Susan Schuettenberg, Supervisor
Telephone: 212-938-4161
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
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Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Susan Schuettenberg, OD

Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

*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. *NY State Licensure (eligible for applicants)

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline

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