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NYU Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program

Lectures and Conferences

The cornerstone of the educational process is the comprehensive lecture series designed to cover intensively all of the ophthalmological subspecialties and to prepare our residents for the OKAP exam in April and the written Ophthalmology Board Exam after residency. These sessions are usually in the morning, three to four times a week, and all residents are expected to attend these lectures.

Typical Monthly Lecture and Conference Schedule:

Week

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

1

Glaucoma
AM

Pathology
PM

M&M
AM

Grand Rounds
PM

Neuro-Op
AM

GYNOCLs
PM

 

Board Review
AM

2

Retina
AM

Ethics
PM

Trauma/IVFA
AM

Grand Rounds
PM

Pediatrics
AM

Journal Club
PM

GYNOCLs
PM

 

Board Review AM

3

Cornea
AM

Pathology
PM

 

Grand Rounds
PM

 

GYNOCLs
PM

 

Board Review
AM

4

3rd Yr Cataract Conference
AM

 

Grand Rounds
PM

Oculoplastics
AM

GNYOCLs
PM

 

Uveitis/Tumor
AM


Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology

  • One of the oldest continuing courses given in the United States
  • Intensive three-month course for first-year residents
  • Syllabus includes optics and refraction, anatomy, pathology, extra-ocular motility, neuro-ophthalmology, perimetry, physiology, microbiology, embryology, and ophthalmoscopy with lectures in ultrasound, therapeutics, uveitis, retina, glaucoma, corneal diseases, genetics and the application of contact lenses

Departmental Grand Rounds

  • Every Tuesday during the academic year
  • Half of the grand rounds are held at the NYU campus and the other half are held at MEETH
  • Topics range from resident case presentations to distinguished visiting lecturers from around the nation to speak at named lecture series

Didactic Lecture Series

  • Lectures for all of the residents covering topics in all of the major areas of ophthalmology (see sample monthly schedule above)
  • Lecturers are attending ophthalmologists or invited guests who have an interest in the specific topic chosen

Journal Club

  • Given by resident and moderated by an attending
  • Review and discussion of important journal articles chosen by the resident running the session
  • Major emphasis is on learning how to read the scientific literature in a critical fashion and to practice evidence-based medicine

3rd year Cataract Conference

  • Monthly conference for third year residents to review and discuss different aspects of cataract surgery with the Program Director and Assistant Program Director
  • Viewing of actual third year cataract cases

Home Study Course

  • All residents are provided the Board Review Series at the start of their first year
  • Residents are expected to review and study these books in preparation of the OKAP exam every April
  • In addition, a senior resident gives a board review lecture on one of the topics of the books three times a month

GNYOCLs

  • Hosted by Manhattan Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital every Wednesday night from September to March, the Greater New York Ophthalmic Clinical Lecture Series is a world-renowned series of lectures which residents from throughout the city attend

In addition to all of the above lectures and conferences, residents also participate in the intensive OKAP Review Course held at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary from January to March on Tuesday and Thursday evenings.

Microsurgery Course and Surgical Skills Training

The department organizes several “wet-lab” sessions for second and third-year residents to practice suturing and phacoemulsification techniques with attending supervision. It is in the process of developing a permanent “wet-lab” in Bellevue Hospital in the Department of Surgery’s new state-of-the-art Surgical Training Center. In addition, the Department has recently acquired two state-of-the-art virtual reality surgical simulators (EYESI â 2.2) on loan from ORBIS and available to all residents to assist in developing surgical training skills. Operating rooms at MEETH and Bellevue are equipped with VHS and digital recording equipment.

Research

Research is a very important activity in the Department of Ophthalmology. Investigation in the basic and clinical aspects of ophthalmology and visual sciences are ongoing and include a wide variety of topics.


The Daniel B. Kirby Institute of Ophthalmology is the research division of the department and includes many basic and clinical science investigators.


Residents are encouraged to participate in a research project already underway. However, some residents have successfully developed their own particular area of interest. Research resident activities have resulted in many presentations at prestigious national meetings and publications in peer review journals.


Last year, several residents presented original research as first authors at the national ARVO meeting (see Research Section).