Lectures & Conferences for Ophthalmology Residents
NYU Langone’s Department of Ophthalmology offers a comprehensive lecture and conference series designed to provide residents with intensive knowledge of all ophthalmic subspecialties. We progress through each specialty in a sequential fashion and assign the relevant reading from the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) book series. The lecture series helps prepare you for the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) exam, given by the AAO each spring as an in-service, and the written and oral board certification exams, given by the American Board of Ophthalmology after residency.
Grand Rounds and Departmental Conferences
Our grand rounds series includes resident case presentations, local speakers, and nationally prominent visiting lectures. Speakers in our 2020–21 visiting lecture series include Bennie H. Jeng, MD (chair, University of Maryland School of Medicine); Edward J. Holland, MD (director of cornea, Cincinnati Eye Institute, University of Cincinnati); Alex V. Levine, MD, MHSc, FRCSC (chief and Robison D. Harley, MD Endowed Chair, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics, Wills Eye Hospital); Grant T. Liu, MD (chief, Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology, Penn Medicine); and Caroline R. Baumal, MD (professor of ophthalmology, Tufts University School of Medicine).
Departmental annual conferences and courses typically include our NYU Langone Dry Lab and Cataract courses, an updates conference titled Current Concepts in Ophthalmology, and a spring symposium. Our department has initiated a diversity and inclusion speaker series to highlight speakers from backgrounds underrepresented in medicine and foster discussion and awareness of diversity initiatives. Residents are excused from clinic duties for major educational events.
In the monthly journal club, residents meet to review and discuss important journal articles in the field. Emphasis is placed on learning how to read scientific literature critically and assess its importance to the practice of evidence-based medicine.
During surgical conference, senior residents review and discuss different aspects of cataract surgery with our surgical curriculum director and other attendings. Residents also review video recordings of ophthalmic surgery.
Patient Safety Rounds
Once a quarter, residents and faculty review surgical or clinical care cases that explore complications and patient safety issues. Residents also participate in quality improvement projects throughout their residency and receive instruction on quality improvement principles such as the reporting of adverse events. We involve our trainees in institutional root cause analyses (RCAs) and the institute’s annual Quality and Safety Day. NYU Langone’s focus on being a high-reliability organization gives a rich context in which our residents can become advocates for patient safety within our department and beyond.