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SUNY College of Optometry 2024 Residents’ Farewell Celebration

SUNY College of Optometry celebrated the 40 residents of the 2024 Class at its annual Farewell Celebration on June 14, 2024.




SUNY College of Optometry 2024 Residents’ Farewell Celebration

(PRESS RELEASE) NEW YORK, NY — The State University of New York College of Optometry held its annual Residents’ Farewell Celebration on Friday, June 14, 2024, to honor the 40 residents from the 2024 Class who successfully completed their residency program. The event, hosted by Dr. Diana T. Adamczyk, director of Clinical Residency Education, marked the 49th residency class, bringing the total number of residents who have gone through the SUNY Optometry Residency Program to an impressive 1,097. The residents were commended for their dedication and achievements over the past year by Dr. David Troilo, vice president and dean of academic affairs, and president Dr. David A. Heath.


During the celebration, Dr. Sherry Bass, a current SUNY Optometry Alumni Association board member, addressed the residents, emphasizing their inclusion in the esteemed alumni family. Dr. Bass encouraged the residents to take advantage of the Association’s benefits and connections.

A highlight of the afternoon was the presentation of the annual resident Alumna of the Year Award to Dr. Tanya L. Carter, ’87, ‘R ’88, by Dr. Adamczyk. Following this, the 40 residents were individually presented with Certificates of Advanced Clinical Competency. Notably, 17 of the residents also obtained their optometry degrees from SUNY Optometry.

Following the certificate presentation, the prestigious Dr. Martin H. Birnbaum Memorial Award for Vision Therapy was presented to Dr. Anushka Mitesh Misery and Dr. Tiffany Tsoi. The event concluded with a slide show showcasing the residents’ journey throughout the year.


SUNY Optometry has been conducting year-long optometric residencies since 1974 (1974-1975 first class year), when the in-house Vision Therapy Residency was established. This was the first optometric residency program in the country and the third to receive accreditation status. Over the years, the institution has expanded its residency programs to include various areas of specialization, such as Cornea and Contact Lenses, Ocular Disease, Primary Care Optometry, Pediatric Optometry and Vision Rehabilitation, as well as a Combined Residency/Graduate Degree Program.

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