Program Overview

Program Goals   Competency-based Curriculum
Learning Activities
To train skilled and competent board-certified ophthalmologists who:
  1. adhere to the highest professional standards;
  2. are effective physicians who practice with confidence and compassion
  3. understand the value of life-long learning;
  4. provide leadership to the profession and community

  • Patient care
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Professionalism
  • Interpersonal Communication Skills
  • Systems - Based Practice
  • Structured Lectures and Conferences
  • Experiential Supervised Patient Care
The goals and objectives of the program are achieved by defining a detailed curriculum that is implemented using three types of learning activities. Each component of the program( the residents, faculty, program director, rotation clinical sites and the program itself) are periodically evaluated using a variety of instruments. Through a feedback process of continuous quality improvement the program is periodically addressed and updated to ensure that the goals and objectives are met "Closing the Loop"   Evaluation Toolbox
Assessment of Program Goals, Curriculum, Learning Activities, and Toolbox using Faculty Residency Committee, Clinical Competency Committee, Residents Subcommittee, Annual Residency Retreat.  
  • Evaluation of the Resident
  • Evaluation of the program
  • Evaluation of the faculty
  • Evaluation of each rotation

Diverse, Large Clinical Volume:
The Stony Brook Ophthalmology Program is based at SUNY Stony Brook Medical Center, which serves a population of more than 2.8 million people. Located 15 miles from the parent institution, (the Northport VA Hospital as the only satellite facility for our department), has 650 beds and 350,000 combined outpatient visits to the eye services at both institutions from surrounding communities in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. This provides our residents with outstanding opportunities to learn medical and surgical ophthalmology.

Patient Care and Advocacy: Stony Brook is a strong advocate for safe and efficient patient care. Our residents participate in the Infection Control Committee, attend Friday a.m. patient care sessions, and one resident is elected to attend the Advocacy Meeting hosted in either Albany or Washington DC.

Exceptional Career Preparation:
Our graduates have pursued successful careers in both private and academic ophthalmology. They have been accepted to highly competitive fellowship programs in cornea, retina, uveitis, and glaucoma.

Dedicated Faculty:
Stony Brook Ophthalmology has 12 full time faculty members, 9 full time basic and clinical researchers, and more than 20 volunteer ophthalmologists who are highly dedicated to resident education. The spectrum of specialization covers all of the subspecialties.

Surgical Education and Volume:
The eye service sees in total more than 40,000 outpatient encounters per year performing more that 2000 surgical cases per year. Resident case volume surpasses ACGME minimums and results on average about 110-150 cataracts per year. We encourage our residents to start their surgical experience early on with second year residents usually completing about 15-20 cataracts, several glaucoma filters, as well as 10-15 strabismus cases before entering their third year.