The residency curriculum is multifaceted with rotations in every ophthalmic specialty as well as dedicated time for conferences, lectures, and research.
The residents see an average of 90,000 patients per year through the busy clinics at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai. The residents have full responsibility for the patients they care for in the clinic under supervision of dedicated faculty. Resident-run clinics are offered in every sub-specialty including:
First year residents have exposure to each subspecialty clinic on multiple rotations throughout the year. Second and third year residents have exposure to each subspecialty clinic on block rotations. Inpatient ophthalmology consults are done in the second year at Beth Isreal Medical Center.
The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai also offers the Urgent Care Clinic and the Metropolitan Eye Trauma Center which is primarily covered by the ophthalmology residents with 24/7 attending back-up. Residents have the opportunity to learn about ophthalmic disease and patient care in the emergency and trauma setting.
Residents gain experience as primary surgeons in ALL types of ophthalmic surgery, spanning ALL sub-specialties, utilizing the latest technology. This wide variety of surgery includes, but is not limited to: LASIK/PRK, complex cataracts, pediatric cataracts, presbyopia and astigmatism correcting IOL’s, pterygium surgery, iris reconstruction, amniotic membrane transpantation, DSEK, keratoprosthesis, pars plana vitrectomy, strabismus surgery, glaucoma surgery, eyelid and orbital reconstruction, trauma surgery, plaque radiation therapy, ocular surface and orbital tumor resection, etc.
A very important aspect of surgical training at the New York Eye and Ear Infirary of Mount Sinai is the Jorge N. Buxton Microsurgical Lab. Residents have 24-hour access to the microsurgical lab which is equipped with microscopes, surgical instruments, and practice eyes. Residents also have opportunity to use the EyeSi surgical simulator for practicing cataract surgery and vitrectomy. Surgical education is further enhanced by hands-on microsurgical wetlab courses for each subspecialty lead by dedicated faculty.
Didactic education for the residents is formalized with a lectures, conferences, couraes, and grand rounds. An overview of the educational activities offered to residents includes:
All residents are required to work on a meaningful research project over the course of their residency and present their work at the Annual NYEEI Resident Research Day. To facilitate this, residents have dedicated research time in first and second year. Financial support is given for travel to meetings in the continental US for the purpose of presenting research. The Department of Ophthalmology also offers grants and other funding to support resident research.