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Dr. Irwin B. Suchoff Residency Program in Vision Therapy and Rehabilitation

Basic Information

Category Title: Vision Rehabilitation
Program Area of Emphasis: Vision Therapy and Vision Rehabilitation
Program Site: SUNY Optometry
Program Location: School or College of Optometry
Program Address: 33 W 42nd Street

New York, New York 10036
Phone Number: 212-938-5867
Fax Number:
Affiliation: State University of New York, College of Optometry
Director of Residency Education:

Diane Adamczyk, OD

Program Application Deadline: ORMatch Deadline
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Program Description

Date Program Established: 1974
Accreditation Status: Accredited

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The residency in vision therapy seeks to attract the best-qualified candidates and provide them with advanced didactic knowledge and a concentrated clinical experience in optometric vision therapy. Individuals who complete the program are expected to be able to deliver a high level of clinical care in vision therapy, serve as teachers in optometric institutions and serve the profession of optometry as experts and leaders in the areas of vision therapy and binocular vision.

Program Description:

The program emphasizes the diagnosis and treatment of binocular vision and visual perceptual disorders. The residents also rotate through other clinics at SUNY, including Pediatrics, Primary Care, Ocular Disease, Special Testing, Infants Vision, Head Trauma/rehabilitation, Children with Special Needs, and may include Contact Lenses and Low Vision. In the Vision Therapy Service, residents gain experience working with visual perceptual deficits, developmental vision anomalies, general binocular and eye movement skill deficiencies, and complex Strabismus.

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

40-45 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

Travel Allowance

Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Lauren Strawn, Supervisor
Telephone: 212-938-5867
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:
Lauren Strawn, 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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