The residency incorporates an extensive lecture series including basic science studies, clinical patient care, socioeconomic issues, ethics, regular journal clubs, fluorescein angiogram conference and ophthalmology grand rounds. Residents are expected to routinely attend and participate in conferences, including presenting at Grand Rounds at least once a year with a faculty sponsor.
Formal didactic lectures are scheduled according to Basic Clinical Science Course (BCSC) blocks on an annual basis. The month leading up to the OKAP exam is dedicated to high yield and review sessions. Lectures are supported by frequent case-based review sessions, flipped classrooms, supplementation electronic media, specialty journal clubs, wet labs and an annual orbital anatomy course with cadaveric dissection.
In addition to the BCSC books, residents are provided a subscription to the online question databank, ophthoquestions. Second year residents attend the annual OKAP preparation course each spring at Wills Eye Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. All residents receive a education fund of $500 each year to be used on discretionary education and book purchases.
Starting this academic year (2021), residents will be provided iPads and an electronic copy of the BCSC books, as well as other online content. Like all others, our program adapted during the pandemic and have cultivated a large list of online resources and other media outlets to augment traditional learning. Our residents work with their mentors to establish an individualized education plan (IEP) early each academic year to help guide their study habits and progress throughout residency.
Grand Rounds Schedule: