Each Post Graduate Year (PGY) is composed of four, three-month rotations scheduled at our three teaching sites. The residents assume the primary responsibility for all aspects of patient care in our clinics. With this hands-on model of training, our residents quickly become adept at handling all facets of general and sub-specialty eye care, including complicated in-patient consults and ocular emergencies.
At all clinics, residents are fully supervised by our full time and voluntary faculty. The same attending physicians work with a resident throughout the resident’s rotation, providing continuity of care for the patients and an opportunity for the resident to work closely with the attending staff. Graduated responsibility for patient care, based on each resident’s progress, is assigned throughout the three years of training.
Surgical training begins in the PGY-2 year, with anterior segment lasers and minor oculoplastics procedures. PGY-3 residents begin phacoemulsification as primary surgeons, perform pediatric ophthalmology procedures and strabismus surgery, begin intravitreal injections and posterior segment lasers, assist on complicated vitreo-retinal cases, and continue training in oculoplastics surgery. In the PGY-4 year, residents spend nine months training in anterior segment surgery and orbital and complex oculoplastics procedures and three months training in vitreo-retinal surgery.