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NYU Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program

Message from the DirectorDr. Sperber

Since July 2000 when the program at the Manhattan Eye, Ear, and Throat Hospital was added to the NYU School of Medicine, our residents have been afforded a unique opportunity to benefit from all that both of these outstanding and world-renowned institutions have to offer. The addition also allowed us to expand our program to seven residents per year, twenty-one in all, so that our residents are not only able to experience the benefits of the aforementioned hospitals, but the other three institutions we now serve as well.

The training program is designed to prepare the residents to take on additional clinic responsibilities as they rotate through the clinics in the affiliated hospitals, and as they advance through the years, to futher improve their clinical skills.

A similar progression is utilized with regard to teaching surgical skills. The curriculum is designed to introduce surgical concepts over the course of three years, beginning with extraocular procedures during the junior years with heavy emphasis on experience with a wide range of intraocular techniques during the senior year. The didactic teaching is a critical part of this training and includes monthly catarct video conferences to discuss resident surgical cases; monthly Morbidity and Mortality rounds dedicated to address the management of medical and surgical problems encountered with our patients; and a microsurgical course in January and June with detailed lectures on specific surgical concepts in addition to hands-on training in NYU's brand-new Surgical Skills Laboratory.

Our residents also benefit from observing our attending faculty in the operating room at both Manhattan Eye, Ear, & Throat Hospital and at Tisch/NYU Hospital Center. These same faculty members are also active in supervising resident surgery. Many of these surgeons have been nationally recognized for their innovations in their surgical subspecialties, and the opportunity to observe their surgical skills at the highest level is an invaluable experience.

The busy clinics at Bellevue Hospital and the Manhattan Veterans Administration Hospital provide a high volume of surgical patients grateful for the outstanding care they receive from our housestaff. All surgery is closely supervised by fellowship-trained faculty members, who are dedicated to teaching and take pride in the level of care that we provide.

In addition to rotating through the five hospitals, our residents enjoy an extensive didactic lecture series, taught by the Ophthalmologists from all of our institutions, giving them a broad range of Ophthalmologic topics, from the basic science of Ophthalmology to the latest clinical innovations in all of the subspecialties. Weekly Grand Rounds include resident case presentations and nationally recognized guest lecturers. The Greater New York Ophthalmologic Clinical Lecture Series, a series of lectures given by some of the most well known names in Ophthalmology, attended by all of the Ophthalmology Residents in the New York area is held at our institution, adding to the rich academic environment provided by our program.

This academic environment, combined with the diverse patient populations and attending ophthalmologists, as well as the resources of a major medical center, provides our residents with ample opportunity to conduct and become involved with research projects in the many subspecialties of ophthalmology. These research projects usually result in publications in the major ophthalmology journals as well as presentations at the major national and international ophthalmology meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), ARVO, ASCRS and others.

To help guide our residents through their training, we have instituted a mentoring program in which we assign each of our residents to two or three mentors, members of our faculty, usually in their primary area of interest, who provide support, advice and guidance in research and in obtaining post-graduate fellowship training. This occurs at the end of the first year of residency or beginning of the second, and these mentors help guide the residents through their career choices. At the beginning of the first year, each first year resident is assigned a third year "buddy" to help them adjust to their new position.

We feel that our residency program provides a unique training opportunity for ambitious, motivated, dedicated resident applicants who wish to obtain the best possible medical and surgical ophthalmology training in a rich, diverse, exciting and challenging residency program.



Laurence T. D. Sperber, M. D.
Residency Program Director
Department of Ophthalmology
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