Clinical Sites

One of the strengths of our Program is the affiliation of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai with Elmhurst Hospital Center and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center. With clinical rotations at three major medical centers, our residents benefit from caring for a diverse group of patients. The approximate 50,000 patient visits per year across the three sites provide the residents with a high surgical volume as primary surgeons. The average number of cataracts performed by the graduating residents is consistently among the highes in the tri-state area. 

At each of our three sites, a full-time faculty member serves as the on-site Director of Service and supervises the day-to-day running of the clinics. All clinics, both comprehensive and sub-specialty, are fully staffed by Mount Sinai Health System faculty. The residents benefit from working with the same attending physicians in each clinic throughout their three-month rotations, providing consistent oversight and continuity of care.

Free shuttle bus service is provided between The Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan, Elmhurst Hospital Center in Queens, and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center in the Bronx. Both Elmhurst Hospital Center and the James J. Peters VA Medical Center are located approximately seven miles from The Mount Sinai Hospital and can be reached by car in 20 minutes without traffic. Residents are reimbursed for taxi fare to and from both sites when the shuttle is not immediately available during the day and at off-hours. Since all call is taken from home, residents use taxis to commute to and from the hospitals when called in at night.

The Mount Sinai Hospital

Situated between New York City’s Upper East Side and East Harlem, Mount Sinai serves one of the most diverse patient populations in the world.  It is a critical safety-net hospital for many in need, while at the same time a leader in world-class translational research.  Founded in 1852, The Mount Sinai Hospital is a 1,171-bed, tertiary-care teaching facility acclaimed internationally for excellence in clinical care.

Three ophthalmology residents rotate through The Mount Sinai Hospital each block. One PGY-3 resident is on sub-specialty rotation, which includes pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, ophthalmic pathology, and vitreoretinal surgery. The PGY-3 resident also helps staff the renowned uveitis referral clinic with Dr. Douglas Jabs. Two PGY-2 residents receive training in comprehensive ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ophthalmic pathology, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea, glaucoma, and oculoplastics. The PGY-2 residents are also responsible for managing a very busy and complex consult service with the help of a dedicated consult attending and several fellows.

Elmhurst Hospital Center

Elmhurst Hospital Center is a member hospital of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation.  It is a 557-bed tertiary care hospital and a major teaching affiliate of the Icahn School of Medicine through an agreement that dates back to 1964.  As one of the City’s preeminent municipal hospitals, Elmhurst serves an area of more than one million people in one of the most ethnically and linguistically diverse communities in the United States.  It is a completely modernized facility with a Level I Trauma Center.  EHC records nearly 500,000 outpatient visits and 150,000 emergency room visits yearly.

Five ophthalmology residents are assigned to Elmhurst Hospital Center in each block. A dedicated eye room with experienced staff runs 4 days a week. Two PGY-4 residents function as the anterior segment surgical chiefs, completing 40-60 cataract extractions over a 3 month period, in addition to complex glaucoma surgeries. There are two PGY-3 residents, one assigned to the pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus service, and one to the medical and surgical retina service. One PGY-2 resident rotates at Elmhurst Hospital each block and receives training in comprehensive ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, cornea, glaucoma, and oculoplastics.

James J. Peters VA Medical Center

The James J. Peters VA Medical Center is a multi-level health care Center of Excellence, tertiary care facility and teaching hospital that offers veterans a full range of patient care services and 331 in-patient beds.  The Medical Center is situated on a historic site in the Bronx.  Located on the highest point in New York City, the site served as a strategic vantage point during the Revolutionary War.  The Bronx VA provides tertiary services to a veteran population from the Bronx, Westchester and Rockland Counties, Northern New Jersey and the New York City metropolitan area. The eye clinic is a modern facility that sees nearly 20,000 patient visits per year. The VA is outfitted with a Femtosecond laser system and most chief residents are able to become certified for laser-assisted cataract surgeries. Full ophthalmic imaging is available including Lenstar, fluorescein angiography, SD-OCT, and OCT angiography.

Four residents are assigned to the Bronx VA during each block. Two PGY-4 residents function as the surgical chiefs, completing 40-60 cataract extractions in addition to glaucoma surgeries and combined anterior and posterior segment surgical disorders. The PGY-4 residents rotate 2 blocks as chief residents at the VA. PGY-3 resident is assigned to the medical and surgical vitreo-retinal service. The PGY-2 resident receives training in comprehensive ophthalmology, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology, low vision and rehabilitation services, glaucoma, and oculoplastics.