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Overview

The Department of Ophthalmology of New York Medical College (NYMC) is one of the oldest Ophthalmology services in the country. It was founded as the New York Ophthalmic Hospital in 1852 in New York City. After merging into New York Medical College in 1867, a formal training program for Ophthalmologists under one of the first Professorships of Ophthalmic Surgery, was established. Currently, the Department of Ophthalmology training program is based at the Westchester Medical Center and Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital in Valhalla and involves clinical rotations at the Metropolitan Hospital on the upper east-side of New York. Our mission is to provide a comprehensive ophthalmology training to produce a skilled ophthalmologist equipped to meet the medical and surgical needs of the community in the twenty-first century. 

Westchester Medical Center (WMC) is an 895 bed tertiary care hospital providing health services to the residents of the Hudson Valley. The strengths of the program include the diverse population that the ophthalmology clinic caters to and the complex cases seen in the in-patient service of the hospital. One of the distinctive features of our residency program is the busy inpatient consult service with different pathologies that often need a multi-disciplinary approach, providing a unique learning opportunity to the residents. The hospital consult service also gives residents an excellent opportunity to be exposed to wide ranging cases that highlights the ocular manifestations of systemic disease.

WMC is a regional Level 1 trauma center with a burn unit and has a busy emergency department caring for a wide range of ophthalmic emergencies and ocular trauma ranging from orbital, maxillofacial fractures, retro-bulbar hemorrhages to globe ruptures. This offers to the training residents a firsthand opportunity in managing complicated eye injuries with supervised faculty help.

The newly built Ambulatory Care Pavilion with the outpatient surgical facility houses state of the art operating rooms and all the advanced diagnostic and surgical equipment needed for the practice of ophthalmic surgery. WMC is proud to be one of the few programs in the country to have the new 3D ophthalmic microscope and visualization system NGENUITY. We believe that at WMC, the advanced diagnostic modalities supplement the clinical experience and help the resident in evaluating, recognizing and applying the medical knowledge to daily practice.

The NYMC residency program also offers the global ophthalmology experience on how to deliver skilled ophthalmic care in a low resource setting in a diverse multicultural challenging environment as part of the residency training. As part of the clinical rotation, the second or third year residents spend a week on an eye care mission trip to Dominican Republic providing free medical and surgical eye care with the core faculty.

The Ophthalmology department also continues to grow with the addition of new core full time faculty to the existing multiple part time faculty on staff in both locations. All the sub-specialties including surgical retina are covered by faculties with decades of experience and who are known both in the community and nationally. Residents also have the opportunity to pursue research during the three years and often residents with a specific interest in a subspecialty area are placed with a mentor to pursue a specific project.

In summary, the New York Medical College program offers a comprehensive medical education to its residents in tertiary care hospital setting to pursue a fulfilling ophthalmology career in community practice, academic setting or for pursuing a fellowship.