The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary’s Ophthalmology Residency Training Program is designed to provide a focused didactic education along with graduated clinical and surgical responsibilities. While many graduating residents go on to fellowships in subspecialty areas of Ophthalmology, each graduate is competent to pursue a career in Comprehensive Ophthalmology.
First year residents receive a comprehensive series of introductory lectures during the month of July, prior to assuming their full clinical duties. They spend most of the first part of the year concentrating on basic medical eye care. Minor surgical procedures are performed in the through the Oculoplastics Service in the Outpatient Minor Surgical Suite.
Special courses are given in use of instrumentation, refraction, and minor surgical procedures as well as management of ocular emergencies. They participate in the daily Morning Conference lecture series and deliver Grand Rounds presentations on a rotational basis. Special rotations are also provided in ophthalmic pathology, clinical research and introduction to pediatrics and strabismus at Beth Israel Medical Center.
In the second part of the year, clinical responsibilities increase to include inpatient management, introduction to laser surgery and basic microsurgery.
In the second year, junior residents assume responsibility for the strabismus service, the laser clinics, and the consultation service at Beth Israel Medical Center which includes coverage of the Krueger Clinic for Immunologic Disease. In addition to strabismus surgery, surgery of simple oculoplastics and external disease pathology are part of a shift in responsibility for surgical management which culminates with introduction to intraocular surgery in the latter part of the year.
Second year residents are expected to provide increased leadership and teaching in the clinics as well as availing themselves to exposure of the rich surgical environment within The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Opportunities to become involved with clinical investigation are present, as competency with delivery of clinical care increases. During the final portion of the second year, a variety of surgical laboratory courses are provided to introduce each of the aspects of major ophthalmic surgery.
In the third year, senior residents are expected to function as mentors to the first and second year residents. Two senior residents are selected by their co-residents and the Departmental faculty as Administrative Chief Residents to assist in the organization and running of the teaching program.
The major focus of the third year is the acquisition of surgical competency in each of the subspecialty areas. Ongoing surgical forums are provided to promote the maturation of skills and problem solving. Seniors share case presentations which are then reviewed by attendings who help to analyze complications and discuss alternative approaches. In addition, there are numerous opportunities to attend outside surgical conferences at the Academy, ASCRS, ARVO, and various meetings throughout the country.
With the completion of the residency program, graduating seniors will have had the opportunity to develop facility in medical and surgical management of all aspects of ophthalmic care.