BronxCare Health System

Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease Residency

Program Overview

BronxCare's Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease provides highly motivated post-graduate optometrists with a rich clinical learning experience focused primarily on pediatric eye care while also providing the resident with significant exposure to ocular disease in the adult patient population. The diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities provides exposure to patients in both hospital and community-based clinical settings.

The resident will have the opportunity to:

  • Provide full-scope primary eye care to patients of all ages, with a focus on neonates and pediatric patients
  • Co-manage complex strabismus and amblyopia cases with Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Co-manage complex ocular diseases with Ophthalmology sub-specialists
  • Provide urgent care within the emergency department
  • Utilize advanced ophthalmic equipment and technology
  • Observe ophthalmic surgical procedures

The resident will often have their own schedule and one-on-one interaction with the attendings. This affords the resident an ideal opportunity to follow up on their own cases. It also promotes continuity of care for patients.

After completing the program, the resident will have acquired an advanced didactic education as well as a high level of clinical competency in providing full-scope optometric care to the pediatric population while also gaining advanced competencies in areas of ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills necessary to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based, academic, and private practice clinical settings.

 

Residency Program Curriculum

Didactic Education

  • Attend morning lectures given by the Ophthalmology attendings
  • Attend SUNY College of Optometry's Friday Programs which are both didactic and "hands-on"
  • Participate in journal clubs and case conferences with Optometry and Ophthalmology attendings
  • Participate in the BronxCare Optometry didactic program with the Primary Eye Care/Ocular Disease optometry residents and optometry attendings
  • Travel to the American Academy of Optometry's (AAO) annual meeting

Professional Activities

  • Present minor and major lecture presentations at SUNY College of Optometry
  • Submit at least one abstract for presentation at a major Optometric meeting (i.e., AAO, AOA, SECO)
  • Prepare a manuscript for publication in a peer-reviewed optometric journal

Clinical Training

  • Gain concentrated clinical experience in examining and managing neonates and pediatric patients
  • Become highly proficient in managing all forms of amblyopia, non-refractive strabismus, and motility disorders
  • Gain experience recognizing the clinical signs and symptoms associated with pediatric ocular conditions, syndromes, and diseases
  • Learn how to triage, diagnose, and manage ocular conditions presenting to the emergency room
  • Rotate through Ophthalmology sub-specialty clinics
  • Become proficient in advanced clinical skills
  • Learn how to interpret ancillary test results

Mission Statement

The mission of BronxCare's Optometry Residency in Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease is to provide the post-doctoral optometrist with a rich multi-disciplinary clinical experience through its diverse patient base in the underserved South and Central Bronx communities. This program will enable the resident to gain an advanced level of didactic education and clinical competency in all areas of pediatric eye care as well as adult ocular disease. Graduates of this residency program will possess the skills and confidence to care for the pediatric population as well as diagnose and manage ocular disease presenting in any age group. Graduates will have the tools to thrive in areas of patient care, optometric education, and leadership within hospital-based as well as private optometric clinical settings.

 

Faculty

Danielle Crane, OD, FAAO
Program Co-Supervisor
Pediatric Optometrist

Ilana B. Friedman, MD
Pediatric Ophthalmologist

Tybee Eleff, OD, MS, FAAO, DiplABO
Program Co-Supervisor

 

For more information:

Tybee Eleff, OD, MS, FAAO, DiplABO
Co-Supervisor, BronxCare Optometry Residency Programs 
1650 Selwyn Avenue, Suite 1C
Bronx, NY 10457
Phone: (718) 960-2041
Fax: (718) 960-2045
Email: teleff@bronxcare.org 

 

Links

BCHS Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease Curriculum

SUNY College of Optometry Residency Programs

SUNY College of Optometry - BronxCare Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease Residency Program

Optometry Residency Matching Service

Optometry Residency Matching Service - BronxCare Pediatric Optometry/Ocular Disease