First, Second & Third Years

First-year Residents (PGY-2)

The first two weeks of residency are spent exclusively on an intensive course in basic ophthalmologic diagnosis and examination. After this orientation, our first years are shepherded through their first couple months under the careful supervision of attendings and through a supportive buddy call system. The first year residents are also responsible for seeing patients in clinics in order to apply the didactic material to clinical patient care. Following the completion of the Basic Science Course, the residents assume a more integral role in direct patient care. This includes outpatient clinic visits, in-patient hospital consultation, minor surgical procedures, and laser surgery.

Second-year Residents (PGY-3)

The majority of this year is spent on subspecialty clinics and supervising the first-year residents in the General Eye Clinic. The 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 throughout the year, including strabismus cases, eyelid surgeries, and pterygium excision.  It is expected that residents will begin cataract surgery this year. In addition to the general eye clinics at these hospitals, the residents are in charge of the various specialty clinics that meet on a weekly basis.

Third-year Residents (PGY-4)

The third-year residents serve as the Chief Residents at their respective locations. The major portion of the year is spent in taking care of the surgical patient. The nature of the surgical procedures from each institution provides a varied and complete picture of all aspects of surgical ophthalmology. All surgical procedures are performed under the tutelage of an attending surgeon with the most modern equipment available. Emphasis is placed on appropriate pre- and post-operative evaluation in order to develop good surgical judgment. In addition, two residents each year are selected to serve as the Executive Chief Residents, who in addition to their administrative responsibilities, serve as liaison between the residents and faculty.