First, Second & Third Years

The department currently does not offer a joint or integrated PGY 1 year.

First-year Residents (PGY-2)

As a first-year resident, you spend your first two weeks exclusively in an intensive course on basic ophthalmic diagnosis and examination. After this orientation, you are shepherded through several months under the careful supervision of attendings and with guidance through our supportive “buddy system.” The year’s experiences include outpatient clinic visits, inpatient hospital consultation, and performance of minor surgical procedures and laser surgery. Rotations are approximately 8 weeks in duration and include the VA clinic and consult rotations at Bellevue and Tisch Hospitals.

Second-year Residents (PGY-3)

You spend the majority of your second year in subspecialty clinics and blocks. Second-year residents assume a greater leadership role in directing patient care, triaging patients, and managing consults, as well as performing more complex surgical and laser procedures, such as strabismus correction, eyelid surgery, cataract removal, and pterygium excision. Residents rotate through 8 or 9 week blocks including retina, glaucoma, cornea, and pediatrics as well as Bellevue, VA and Woodhull rotations.

Third-year Residents (PGY-4)

Surgical care is the primary focus of your third year. The variety of our clinical sites allows third-year residents to gain a comprehensive experience of surgical ophthalmology. You perform surgical procedures under the tutelage of an attending surgeon with the most advanced equipment available in the field. You will receive thorough pre- and postoperative evaluation to guide you in developing good surgical judgment. In addition, two third-year residents are selected each year to serve as the chief residents. Chief residents take on administrative responsibilities and serve as liaisons between our residents and faculty. Residents rotate through blocks at VA, Bellevue, Woodhull and a subspecialty elective block at our Faculty Group Practice.