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Optometry Residency

Ocular Disease and Primary Eye Care Optometry Residency

Mission Statement

The Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester is affiliated with SUNY State College of Optometry and is committed to providing full-scope ocular disease training at the post-doctoral level. The strong didactic and clinical components of this program build on principles of continuous learning to provide a challenging and rewarding residency. Upon the completion of our program, residents will be prepared to excel at providing the highest level of optometric care in hospitals, private practices and educational institutions.

Program Overview

This program is part of the Ophthalmology department at the University of RochesterFlaum Eye Institute Main Campus located in a hospital setting in an inner city with satellite locations in suburban and rural areas. This will allow residents to work with different populations and a broad range of ocular conditions. There will be diverse and challenging patient care experiences in the areas of ocular disease, including but not limited to, retina, glaucoma, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology as well as primary care. This unique setting provides both surgical and medical co-management opportunities. In addition, the residents will have extended rotations in LASIK co-management, low vision, pediatrics and medical contact lens, providing a good foundation in each of these areas, as well as opportunities to coordinate this exposure with individual resident interest.  Residents will be providing primary eye exams Eye Exam By Optometristthat often include the ordering and interpreting of tests such as, optical coherence tomography, visual fields, corneal topography, anterior and posterior segment photography.

Meet Our Current Residents
Elaine Ho


Elaine L. Ho, O.D.


Lydie Tubene


Lydie T. Tubene, O.D.


Program Curriculum

Educational Opportunities

1 to 2 half days a week of educational opportunities will be provided. Educational lectures will consist of lectures provided by ophthalmologists, optometrists, monthly journal clubs, monthly grand rounds and educational programs through our SUNY affiliate. 

SUNY “Friday Programs” are a mix of remote learning and in person events. It is expected that the Resident will travel to New York City for the mandatory in person events.

Clinical Training

  • Medical contact lens
  • Low vision
  • Pediatric eye care
  • LASIK Co-managementOCT Test
  • Ordering and interpretation of optical coherence tomography, visual fields, corneal topography, anterior and posterior segment photography as well as training in a variety advanced diagnostic modalities
  • Opportunity to explore specialized care in areas such as oculoplastics, ocular genetics, uveitis and ocular oncology

Residents will practice at the following locations:
Strong Memorial Hospital (main campus)
College Town
Meridian Centre
South Clinton/ABVI

Research and Scholarly Responsibilities

  • Residents will be required to present a minor (20 minute), a major (50 minute equivalent 1 hour COPE approved lecture) through our SUNY association and a publishable quality paper.
  • Residents will be expected to present at least one case report at URMC ophthalmology grand rounds. The resident will be expected to submit a poster application for a nationally recognized conference.
  • Participation in a monthly to bi-weekly journal review

Teaching Responsibilities

Residents will be responsible for working with medical students in routine eye care settings. Participating in refraction training for ophthalmology students.


Applications can be made through the ORMatch

Optometry Faculty

Brooke Donaher, OD, FAAO
Residency Supervisor
Phone: (585) 276-6104

Jessica daSilva, OD
Residency Supervisor
Phone: (585) 276-6104

Michael Caruso, OD
Kenneth R. Dickerson, OD 
Anthony Dell'Anno, OD
Michael DePaolis, OD
Therese Farugia, OD
Blain Germain, OD
Jennifer Krech, OD
Robert Ryan, OD
Melanie Shearer, OD

Additional Links

For more information about our affiliated residency school sponsor and additional programs please visit Residency Programs - SUNY College of Optometry (

Visit the Association of Schools and Colleges of Optometry (ASCO) to learn more about optometric residency programs.

For more information on optometric residencies and accreditation, visit​