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Rochester Regional Health | Reed Eye Associates

Basic Information

Category Title: Primary Care Optometry
Program Area of Emphasis: Ocular Disease
Program Site: Rochester Regional Health | Reed Eye Associates
Program Location: Private Hospital
Program Address: 500 Kreag Rd

Pittsford, New York 14534
Phone Number: 585-249-8300
Fax Number: 585-249-8380
Affiliation: Pennsylvania College of Optometry at Salus University
Director of Residency Education:

Shital Mani, OD, FAAO

Program Application Deadline: February 15
Program URL:

Program Description

Date Program Established: July 1
Accreditation Status: First Year Program

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Combined Residency/Graduate Program: No
Program Mission Statement:

The mission of the Primary Eye Care Residency with an emphasis in Ocular Disease at Rochester Regional Health | Reed Eye Associates is to provide a robust didactic and clinical post-graduate education with a diverse experience in a primary eye care setting.  Graduates will have gained invaluable experience in being part of the healthcare team, provided with opportunities to deliver care in both a hospital-based and private practice setting, and obtaining a rich clinical experience that will advance their ability to practice at the highest level. 


Program Description:

Rochester Regional Health (RRH) is the leading provider of comprehensive care for Western New York and the Finger Lakes region.  The system is comprised of five hospitals, serving the community as an integrated health services organization with a wide span of networks.  In 2019, Reed Eye Associates joined RRH, creating a model that broadens optometric care and serves as the primary eye provider for the community.


Reed Eye was founded in 1978 by ophthalmologist Ronald R Reed, MD.  Reed Eye Associates has grown into one of the largest primary eye care practices in New York State, consisting of six locations, three general ophthalmologists, and seventeen optometrists to-date.   Our optometric providers are responsible for all primary eye care, medical eye care, and on-call responsibilities; practicing to their full scope.


Residents at RRH will have opportunities to provide care in both a hospital-based clinic and private practice.  The residents’ locations will include the RRH’s Riedman Health Center, a full-service ophthalmology and optometry teaching and treatment eye center and the RRH’s Reed Eye Associates locations.  The residency program will provide a diverse experience in different practice settings.  Collaboration and rotation with sub-specialty ophthalmology will be a part of the curriculum and will include surgical observation in addition to understanding and learning perioperative care within the various specialties.  


As a part of RRH, residents will have access to various resources and educational material, including a medical library and subscriptions to medical databases such as Up-To-Date and Lexicomp.  Opportunities to learn with residents in other fields of medicine will be provided, broadening the scope of our residents’ educational experience.  Graduates of the Primary Eye Care residency will leave with an advanced understanding of ocular and systemic disease, allowing our residents to deliver care at the highest level.


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


1. Clinical Patient Care Activities:

     a. Clinical Optometric Services:

Residents are scheduled for direct patient care at the Riedman Health Center and Reed Eye Associates throughout the year.  Clinical hours will be scheduled from 8am-5pm for direct care.  Residents will be responsible for providing comprehensive and emergency eye care at the various locations.  A supervising attending will be available at all rotations for consultation and oversight of patient care.

     b. On Call:

Residents will share on-call responsibilities for Reed Eye Associates.  An attending or staff optometrist will be scheduled for second-call to assist the residents.  An ophthalmologist will also be scheduled for third-call if advanced/surgical consultation is required.

2. Didactic Program

     a. Didactic activities will be scheduled weekly and will consist of lectures, journal club, grand rounds, and case discussion.  Both in-house and virtual activities will be utilized in collaboration with Salus University

     b. All residents will be required to write a publishable-quality paper by the end of the residency

     c. A Grand Rounds presentation at Residents’ Day at Salus University is required

3. Off-Service Rotations

     a. Residents will be scheduled to rotate through various sub-specialties in ophthalmology which will provide a rich clinical and surgical experience in both a patient-care and observational format.

     b. Various rotations and/or grand-round attendance in other specialties of medicine will be scheduled

Requirements for Completion:

The requirements for residency completion include:

  •  Attend and complete all assigned clinic sessions in a professional manner and remain in clinic until all patients are cared for or the clinic preceptor states otherwise

  • Maintain patient care and didactic/scholarly logs as assigned 

  • Attend and document all other assigned activities, including in-house clinical, didactic, and scholarly activities

  • Complete the required manuscript of publishable quality

  • Present a clinical grand rounds case at PCOSU Resident Day

  • Achieve satisfactory performance evaluations

  • Complete all assigned evaluations of the residency program and faculty


Completion status is discussed at each of the formal evaluations with the resident, as well as periodically throughout the year.  The residency certificate is released only upon completion of all elements.


Program Salary/Stipend: $42,000/ year. Paid bi-weekly.
Program Benefits and Liability Coverage: Health Coverage

Professional Liability Insurance


Travel Allowance

Other: Vacation 2 weeks of paid vacation per year. All vacation must be scheduled and be approved by the Program Director. Medical, Dental, Vision Insurance Health Spending Account and Flexible Spending Account Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance, Health Spending and Flexible Spending account information is available on Term Life Insurance Employer paid coverage equal to 1x salary with option to purchase added coverage up to five (5) times annual salary. Plan for Short-Term Disability Residents are entitled to up to six months of pay in the event of an approved disability, compensated at 60% of the resident stipend. Long-Term Disability Residents are provided with long-term disability of 50% of resident stipend in the event of an approved long-term disability. Residents have an option to purchase additional long-term disability insurance to bring the amount up to 66.67%. Retirement Program Option to participate in a tax-deferred 403(b) plan. Professional Liability Insurance Professional Liability Insurance is provided by Rochester General Hospital’s insurance program for activities required by the residency program. Travel and Education Allowance $1000 per year – approval of Program Director required. Wellness CenterFree membership to state of the art Rochester Regional Health Fitness Center, including classes offered at the center.
Completion Certificate: Yes
VA Hospital Affiliation: No

Key Contacts

Program Coordinator, Coordinator Title: Mark R Parsons, Director of Primary Eye Care; Residency Coordinator
Telephone: 585-249-8300
Fax: 585-249-8380
E-mail Address:
Program Co-Coordinator, Co-Coordinator Title:
E-mail Address:

Application Information

Application Materials and Procedures:

Prospective residents should register for the ORMatch Application Service ( and apply to our program through their website.  Required materials should be submitted through ORMatch, but can be emailed to the Program Supervisor directly if unable to do so through the centralized website.  Application deadline is February 15th.

Interviews will be scheduled in order the application is received.  Interviews for the 2021 residency program will be virtual due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  A virtual tour will be provided in a live-setting and will be recorded for prospective residents to access.



Selection Procedure and Admission Criteria:

Application Materials and Procedures: 

  • Register and apply through ORMatch

  • Submit the following application materials directly through ORMatch website:

  • Curriculum Vitae

  • Statement of Interest

  • Official Optometry School Transcripts

  • Three Letters of Recommendation from clinical faculty or supervision doctors in externships

Program Admission Requirements:

  • Successful completion of Parts I, II, III, and TMOD of the NBEO prior to the beginning of the program, or, scheduled to retake any parts of board that were failed - **Note: PCO/Salus acknowledges that there may be delays in national board score results due to Covid-19. As such, please contact the residency program coordinator (Dr. Mark Parsons) to determine application criteria and interview process**

  • Prior to matriculation, applicants must have attained their Doctor of Optometry degree from a school or college of optometry accredited by the Accreditation Council on Optometric Education.

  • Residency Applicant must be a United States Citizen

  • Optometric State Licensure in NY State

Program Application Deadline: February 15

Additional Comments

The resident receives a certificate of completion at the end of the residency year.  Salus Univeristy also hosts all residents and program supervisors at their end of the year Residency Graduation Ceremony, which takes place on-campus, typically late Spring of every academic year.