The Department of Ophthalmology at Northwell Health offers a three-year residency program to recent medical school graduates. With a diverse patient population, internationally recognized faculty, and state-of-the-art equipment, we offer our residents exceptional opportunities to become highly-skilled medical and surgical ophthalmologists.

The residency program clinics are based at two of facilities – The Northwell Health Eye Center in Great Neck, NY and the Queens Hospital Center.  There are additional rotations and services provided at the North Shore University Hospital at Manhasset, North Shore University Hospital at Syosset, Long Island Jewish Medical Center, and the Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital. Through these rotations, residents experience inpatient and outpatient ophthalmology, ophthalmic pathology and ophthalmic surgery. At these facilities residents will have the opportunity to participate in all adult ophthalmic general and subspecialty care, pediatric eye care, emergency department eye trauma, and ophthalmic and oculoplastic surgery.

The department is run by eleven full-time ophthalmologists with more than 100 actively engaged voluntary staff in all subspecialties. Many faculty members are active in clinical research. The department also hosts a Regularly Scheduled Conference Program, commonly known as grand rounds, that includes lectures from nationally and internationally recognized ophthalmologists from outside the health system. 

Residency rotations

First year (PGY II)

  • 6 months Queens Hospital Center General Clinic
    • Minor Surgery 1 Day per Week
  • 6 months 600 Northern Boulevard Eye Center
    • Comprehensive Ophthalmology
    • Subspecialty clinics
    • Vitreoretinal Surgery: at least 1 session per week for 3 months
    • Low Vision Clinic: 1-2 sessions per month
    • Contact Lens Clinic: 1 session per month

Second year (PGY III)

  • 3 months Anterior Segment Subspecialties:
    • Cornea sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Glaucoma sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Assisting in OR for both cornea and glaucoma procedures
    • Performing Anterior Segment Laser procedures
    • Ophthalmic Pathology: 1 session per week
  • 3 months of Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus and Oculoplastics
    • Pediatric sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Oculoplastics sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Assisting in OR for both Pediatrics and Oculoplastics procedures
    • Performing Strabismus surgery
    • Performing Oculoplastics surgery
  • 3 months Vitreo-Retina and Neuro-Ophthalmology
    • Vitreo-Retina sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Neuro-Ophthalmic sessions in clinics and private practice
    • Assisting in OR for Vitreo-Retinal procedures
    • Performing Retinal Laser procedures
  • 3 months North Shore & LIJ inpatient consults
    • Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference: 1 morning per week for 6 months
    • All consults done under supervision of Hospitalist

Chief resident (PGY IV)

  • 9 months QHC
    • OR time 4 days per week
    • Cornea, Retina, Oculoplastics, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Surgical Glaucoma
  • 3 months 600 Northern Boulevard Eye Center
    • Oculoplastic Surgery
    • Cataract surgery with a variety of attendings

On-call responsibilities

Residents provide on-call services to Long Island Jewish Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital, Syosset Hospital and Queens Hospital Center. Having a car is mandatory as calls are taken from home.

1st Year:

  • 2 primary weekday calls per month (Mon-Thurs) all hospitals
  • 1 primary weekend call per month at 2 of 4 hospitals from July-Dec
  • 2 weekends per month Jan-June
  • Responsible for all holiday calls 

2nd Year:              

  • 2 primary weekday calls per month (Mon-Thurs) all hospitals
  • 1 primary weekend call per month at 2 of 4 hospitals until December
  • Backup call after Memorial Day

Chief Year:        

  • No primary call
  • 1 weekday back-up call per week
  • 1 weekend back-up call per month


  • Orientation lectures:  All 1st years initial 4 weeks
  • Lecture Series (BCSC): 1 day per week (Sept-May).  There is an oral exam after each section.
  • OKAP Review Course: 1 evening per week (Jan-Mar)
  • Ophthalmology Regularly Scheduled Series (Grand  Rounds) & Visiting  Professors: 1 morning per week (Sept-May)
  • Ophthalmic Pathology: Northwell Health Department of Anatomic Pathology.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting: Chiefs and other residents with accepted presentations
  • Other Meetings: If research accepted, $1,200 reimbursement (pending Program Director approval)
  • Wills Eye Review Course in 2nd year
  • Ophthalmic Hospitalist under Consult Service – Unique position in the NY area/Nationally.  Dedicated to inpatient and emergency room care of eye disease at NSUH / Syosset / LIJ.  

Salary & benefits

As part of Northwell Health, our residents can take advantage of many benefits offered to employees, as well as specific benefits just for our trainees. Some of these benefits include:

  • Subsidized housing on hospital campuses
  • Health and welfare
  • Retirement savings
  • Four weeks paid time off
  • Free basic & clinical science series books
  •  Two white coats with laundry service
  • Scrubs
  • Consult bag & equipment 
Get in touch with us!

Applicants invited for interview will be notified by email. For additional information on how to apply contact Jenny Carrabs.

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