The Department of Ophthalmology at the State University of New York (SUNY) Upstate Medical University at Syracuse is a multifaceted organization drawing on the expertise and dedication of dozens of leading physicians and research scientists to provide medicine with advances in research, innovation in patient care, and quality instruction in the practice of ophthalmology.
The Department's facility, known as the University Center for Vision Care, accommodates a resident training facility with phaco lab and sub-specialty consultation. The Department incorporates and serves three of the five hospitals operating in the Syracuse metropolitan area - The SUNY Upstate Medical University Hospital, Crouse Hospital (a private institution), and the Veterans Administration Medical Center. Together, these form the primary ophthalmic referral and teaching centers for the approximately two million people residing in the Central New York region. The residency education program is three years long.
Vibrant and growing, the Department of Ophthalmology traces its roots back more than 120 years, yet works continuously toward the future, fulfilling the motto that describes its purpose: "To Learn, To Search, To Serve."
Residents are admitted to the program on the advice of the Residency Selection Committee. The committee encourages competitive candidates to spend a day in the Department, tour the campus, talk with current residents, and interview with the faculty. Grades, test scores, letters of recommendation, and personal interviews all play a role in shaping the committee's decisions. J-1 visas are accepted. H1B visas are not accepted.
All applicants must have graduated from an allopathic or osteopathic medical school.
All applicants, both graduates of allopathic and osteopathic medical schools, entering ophthalmology training programs must have completed a postgraduate clinical year (PGY-1) in a program in the United States accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) or a program in Canada approved by the appropriate accrediting body in Canada. The PGY-1 must be comprised of training in which the resident has primary responsibility for patient care in fields such as internal medicine, neurology, pediatrics, surgery, family practice, or emergency medicine. As a minimum, 6 months of this year must consist of a broad experience in direct patient care. An individual must have completed an accredited PGY-1 in the United States or in Canada prior to the start of the ophthalmology residency.