Lectures and Conferences

The cornerstone of the educational process is the comprehensive lecture series designed to cover intensively all of the ophthalmological subspecialties. The lecture series helps to prepare our residents for the OKAP exam in the spring and the written Ophthalmology Board Exam after residency. These sessions are usually in the morning, three to four times a week, and all residents are expected to attend these lectures.

Departmental Grand Rounds

  • Every Wednesday during the academic year
  • Topics range from resident case presentations to distinguished visiting lecturers from around the nation

Didactic Lecture Series

  • Lectures for all residents covering topics in all of the major areas of ophthalmology
  • Lecturers are attending ophthalmologists or invited guests who have an interest in the specific topic chosen

Journal Club

  • Given by residents and moderated by an attending
  • Consists of review and discussion of important journal articles
  • Major emphasis is on learning how to read the scientific literature in a critical fashion and the practice of evidence-based medicine

Surgical Conference

  • Monthly conference for third year residents to review and discuss different aspects of cataract surgery with our surgical curriculum director and other attendings
  • Video review of surgical cases

BCSC Instruction

  • All residents are provided the Basic and Clinical Science Course books and e-books and are expected to review and study the series in preparation of the OKAP exam every spring.
  • Residents are assigned a reading schedule and are administered quizzes to provide a structure for progressing through the board series.

Morbidity and Mortality

  • Monthly case discussion on surgical or clinical cases which explore complications and patient safety issues.

Director’s Rounds and Pizza with the Professor

  • Director’s Rounds is a case-based discussion in an informal setting with the Program Director and Associate Chair of Education
  • Pizza with the Professor is an evening discussion of cases at the Chair’s home

Microsurgery Course and Surgical Skills Training

The department organizes multiple “wet lab” sessions for residents to practice suturing and surgical techniques with attending supervision.  The wet lab at Bellevue Hospital is equipped with operating microscopes with teaching scopes, all instruments needed to practice complete cataract surgery, and always has pig eyes available for use. Residents are expected to practice in the wet lab in preparation for operating room surgery.

In addition, the Department has a state-of-the-art virtual reality surgical simulator (EYESI 2.2) to assist in developing surgical training skills. Operating rooms at Bellevue, the VA, Woodhull, and the Faculty Group Practice are equipped with digital recording equipment.

A unique surgical curriculum has been developed to guide residents starting in the first year of residency. The curriculum details the milestone skills, videos and book chapters, and surgical simulator modules residents must complete before advancing to the next surgical level.  It outlines wet labs, surgical conferences, and other learning opportunities residents will receive each year. The goal of this program is to systemically build on basic skills to become thoughtful and well-rounded comprehensive ophthalmic surgeons.

Scholarly Research Project

Residents are required to perform a meaningful research project in their residency years as a requirement for graduation. They are guided in the development of an original research proposal under the mentorship of a faculty mentor and our Director of Clinical Research, Dr. Gadi Wollstein. The resident is expected to take part in all phases of the project including design, protocol preparation, data collection, analysis and interpretation and manuscript preparation. The Scholarly Research Committee will review all proposals towards the end of the first year of residency. A completed manuscript is due in the third year of residency and will be presented our annual Research Day in the spring.