Since 1989, The Ocular Oncology Service at The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary has continued to expand its services, by increasing the patient base, available hours, and involvement in the national and international Studies.
These changes have resulted in a more comprehensive oncology service for patients and a greater exposure for residents, medical students, and fellows.
Eye cancers can be found on the eyelids, conjunctiva, iris, retina, choroid and optic nerve. Specialized facilities are available for patients with eye cancer. Evaluation includes a comprehensive eye examination:
Other examinations performed when necessary:
Residents are expected to become competent in the evaluation and differential diagnosis of ocular tumors and to participate in the treatment of patients with ocular tumors. Surgical procedures such as biopsy techniques, laser photocoagulation, cryotherapy, local resection, enucleation, vitrectomy and ophthalmic plaque radiotherapy are performed.
Under the direct supervision of Dr. Finger, the second year residents attend a 2 month rotation during which they examine, diagnose and care for both clinic and private patients with a variety of ocular tumors and malignancies.
The Ocular Tumor Service curriculum is organized so that there are six hours of didactic instruction followed by a written examination. Attendance at lectures is mandatory, documented by the chief resident and affects the resident’s results on their final examination. Test scores are shared with the residents.
In addition to the didactic lectures, the examination and treatment of patients often generate spontaneous lectures in the clinical setting. Elements of patient education and informed consent are also discussed.
From their experience residents are expected to form a differential diagnosis, describe how that diagnosis was made, and suggest methods of treatment. During each clinic session, individual residents are asked questions and an assessment is made about their current knowledge and reading habits.
Medical students and attending physicians visit our clinic if they express an interest.
Resident research activities in ocular oncology are strongly encouraged. Manuscripts are generated from unusual cases, reviews and basic science studies. Many investigational protocols are currently active within The Ocular Tumor Service.
Read more about the Resident Training Program in Ophthalmology.TOP