Welcome to the Stony Brook Ophthalmology Residency Site

2020 Interview Dates:  The dates for the virtual 2020 SF Match Interviews have not been determined yet.  We will not be doing on-site interviews this season. The Stony Brook Ophthalmology residency is based at University Medical Center at Stony Brook - the only medical school and tertiary care facility on Long Island, serving a population of more than 2.8 million.  Located 15 miles from the parent institution, the Northport VA hospital, as the only affiliate,  is a 650 bed facility with 350,000 patient visits a year. There are more than 35,000 combined outpatient visits to the eye services at both institutions from the surrounding communities in Nassau and Suffolk County.

   The Stony Brook Ophthalmology Residency Program will employ a competency-based curriculum to teach the 6 core competencies put forth by the ACGME. The competencies are incorporated into fifteen topical groups (modules) that define the essential areas of ophthalmic knowledge and fully described in our handbook - Competency-based Ophthalmology Curriculum. The goals and objectives of each module will be systematically taught through an organized series of educational activities: 1. Fully-supervised patient care, 2. Didactic conferences and 3. Supervised self-directed resident activities.

  1. Patient Care. Clinic rotations, divided equally between the VA and Stony Brook Technology Park in the first year, will concentrate on general eye care in adults and children. The clinics are designed to expose the resident to the fundamentals of the eye examination such as refraction, common outpatient problems and emergencies including trauma. First year residents at Stony Brook will see patients daily in a general or pediatric clinic. Two half days a week they will work with an attending in Optometry and Cornea/General eye clinic. Likewise the first year resident at Northport VA will concentrate on general eye patients including one day in a Glaucoma clinic and one half day in a Retina clinic.  First years at both institutions will see in patient consultations and walk in emergency problems. First year residents will participate in a wet lab didactic program, assist attending surgery and perform simple procedures. 

    The second year residents will broaden their diagnostic and therapeutic skills by rotating through each of the subspecialties located at Stony Brook. They will continue their general clinic but will also divide their rotation between Pediatric/Neuro-op clinics and ones that emphasize Retina-Glaucoma-Cornea-Oculoplastic diseases. Both rotations will include responsibilities for in patient consultations and emergencies. More time will be allocated for assisting in surgery and primary resident surgical cases will include pediatric and plastic surgery as well as glaucoma and retinal lasers.

    The third year residents will spend the year at the Northport VA where they will be exposed to advanced ophthalmic medical care and surgery such as cataracts, anterior segment surgery, and plastic surgery .   Residents will conduct general clinic one and one-half days a week, retina and glaucoma clinics one day a week each, major operative surgery one day a week, and plastics clinic one-half day a week.  They will also perform retina and glaucoma laser surgery.  They will be given additional responsibilities for clinic operations and supervision of medical student clerks.
  2. All residents will be required to attend a regularly scheduled series of Lectures and Conferences that systematically cover 15 modules that incorporate the core competencies. Educational needs are balanced with service needs by providing protected time for didactic conferences. Briefly, this will consist of daily morning reports, twice weekly morning lectures, Wednesday afternoon conferences 3 days a month including a monthly pathology conference, a monthly Journal club, monthly case conferences, quarterly surgical M&M, and monthly Grand rounds. The didactic framework will also include an a 4 week introductory lecture series; a structured wet lab curriculum with checklists; AFIP pathology course (second year); Wills Eye Institute (second year); a Board review (NY Eye Ear), a Cataract Course either in Texas or Boston, MA (second year); and attendance at a national and local meetings (third year).
  3. Self-directed Resident Activities. Each resident will be expected to submit a Thesis review and research project; maintain a Resident Portfolio; complete several online courses ; prepare case based learning exercises; teach rotating clerks; carryout CQI projects and perform self assessments. Residents will also participate in Staff and Residents Committee meetings to consider broader issues such as the curriculum, QA, operational issues.  All residents are required to comply with Duty hours and Moonlighting policies among others in the Program Policy and Procedure handbook.

The program will continually evaluate residents (and the program) and review the results at the end of each rotation (twice a year) using a variety of instruments .  New Innovations Software will be used to track the evaluation process.

Please address all inquiries to:
Azin Abazari, MD
Department of Ophthalmology,
State University of New York at Stony Brook
Health Sciences Center, L2, Rm 152
Stony Brook, New York 11794-8223

Please direct email inquiries to Mary Tanderup: