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NYU Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program

Years

First-year Residents (PGY-2)

The first two weeks of residency are spent exclusively on an intensive course in basic ophthalmologic diagnosis and examination. After this orientation, the residents begin a three-month Basic Science course in basic ophthalmology, two hours per day. The first-year residents are also responsible for seeing patients in clinics in order to apply the didactic material to clinical patient care. Following the completion of the Basic Science Course, the residents assume a more integral role in direct patient care. This includes outpatient clinic visits, in-patient hospital consultation, minor surgical procedures and laser surgery. First-year residents are responsible for primary call at all of the five sites.


First-year Rotations:

  • Bellevue Consult (1 block)
    • Inpatient and ER consults during the day
    • General Eye Clinic in afternoon
    • Specialty Clinics: Cornea & External Disease, Contact Lens, and Low Vision
  • VA Consult (1 block)
    • Inpatient and ER consults during the day
    • General Eye Clinic in mornings
    • Specialty Clinics: Oculoplastics, Retina
    • Perform minor OR and laser procedures
  • Bellevue/VA Clinic (2 blocks)
    • General Eye and Retina Clinics at VA Hospital in mornings
    • General Eye Clinic at Bellevue in afternoons
  • MEETH Clinic (3 blocks)
    • General Eye Clinic
    • ER consults during the day
    • Lenox Hill inpatient and ER consults during the day
    • Assist in Specialty clinics: Neuro-Ophthalmology, Cornea & External Disease, Pediatrics, Oculoplastics, and Glaucoma
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
    • Perform minor OR and laser procedures
  • Vacation
    • Total of 4 weeks per year taken as one-week or two-week blocks (restricted to certain blocks)

Note: Each block consists of six to seven weeks.

Second-year Residents (PGY-3)

The major portion of this year is spent on subspecialty clinics and supervising the first-year residents in the General Eye Clinic. The second-year residents assume a greater leadership role in directing patient care, triaging patients and managing consults, as well as performing more complex surgical and laser procedures throughout the year. In addition to the general eye clinics at these hospitals, the residents are in charge of the various specialty clinics that meet on a weekly basis.


The second-year residents direct the entire Bellevue Hospital outpatient services and ophthalmological consultation service, which provides a unique opportunity to examine various eye conditions not normally seen in a routine office practice. The second-year residents split the primary call responsibilities at MEETH with the first-year residents. When on-call at Bellevue , the VA, and Tisch, the second-year residents serve as medical back-up for the first-year residents on primary call.


Second-year Rotations:

  • Bellevue Clinic Chief (1 block)
    • Oversee General Eye Clinic and supervise the first-year residents
    • Specialty Clinics: Uveitis, Glaucoma, Neuro-ophthalmology
    • Perform minor OR and laser procedures
    • Oversee education of rotating medical students
    • Ocular Pathology Tutorial (one-on-one ocular pathology course with Dr. Charles, our oculopathologist)
  • Bellevue Consult/Pediatrics (1 block)
    • Inpatient and ER consults during the day
    • Pediatric Eye Clinic in afternoons
    • Motility clinic once a week
    • Neonatal ICU rounds with Attending (Retinopathy of Prematurity checks)
    • Strabismus surgery
    • Specialty Clinics: Cornea & External Disease, Contact Lens and Low Vision
  • VA Clinic Chief (1 block)
    • Oversee General Eye Clinic and supervise first-year residents
    • Specialty Clinics: Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea & External Disease, Retina, and Oculoplastics
    • Perform minor OR and laser procedures
    • Oversee the education of rotating medical students
  • Tisch Resident (1 block)
    • Inpatient and ER consults during the day at NYU/Tisch Medical Center
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
    • Shadow private attendings in their offices one day a week in specialty of interest
    • Bellevue/VA General Eye Clinics if no cases/consults
  • MEETH Clinic Chief (1 block)
    • Oversee General Eye Clinic and supervise first-year residents
    • Specialty Clinics: Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea & External Disease, Oculoplastics, and Glaucoma
    • Perform minor OR and laser procedures at MEETH and Gouveneur Hospital
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
    • Oversee the education of rotating medical students
  • MEETH Pediatrics (1 block)
    • Pediatric Eye Clinic (2 days a week)
    • Strabismus surgery
    • Shadow pediatric attendings in private offices
  • MEETH Retina (1 block)
    • Retina clinic
    • Retina laser procedures
    • Attend Dr. Abramson’s Tumor Clinic at Sloan-Kettering (twice a month)
    • Specialty Clinics: Uveitis and Tumor
  • Vacation
    • Total of 4 weeks per year taken as one-week or two-week blocks (restricted to certain blocks)

Note: Each block consists of seven to eight weeks.

Third-year Residents (PGY-4)

The seven third-year residents serve as the Chief Residents at their respective locations. The major portion of the year is spent in taking care of the surgical patient. The nature of the surgical procedures from each institution provides a varied and complete picture of all aspects of surgical ophthalmology. All surgical procedures are performed under the tutelage of an attending surgeon with the most modern equipment available. Emphasis is placed on appropriate pre- and post-operative evaluation in order to develop good surgical judgment. In addition, two residents each year are selected to serve as the Executive Chief Residents, who in addition to their administrative responsibilities, serve as liaison between the residents and faculty.


Third-year Rotations:

  • Bellevue (2 blocks)
    • Cataract, Vitreo-retina, Glaucoma, Cornea, Oculoplastics, and Trauma surgery
    • Pre- and Post-op care of surgical patients
    • Specialty Clinics: Vitreo-retina and Oculoplastics
  • VA (2 blocks)
    • Cataract, Vitreo-retina, Glaucoma, Cornea, Oculoplastics, and Trauma surgery
    • Pre- and Post-op care of surgical patients
    • Specialty Clinics: Retina, Glaucoma, Contact Lens and Oculoplastics
  • MEETH Cataract (1 block)
    • Cataract surgery
    • Pre- and Post-op care of surgical patients
    • General Eye Clinic
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
  • MEETH Retina (1 block)
    • Cataract surgery
    • Assist in Vitreo-retina surgery
    • Pre- and post-op care of surgical patients
    • Specialty Clinics: Retina
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
  • MEETH Specialty (1 block)
    • Cataract, Glaucoma, Cornea and Oculoplastics surgery
    • Pre- and post-op care of surgical patients
    • Specialty Clinics: Neuro-ophthalmology, Cornea & External Disease, Glaucoma, and Oculoplastics
    • Assist attendings on private cases in OR
  • Vacation
    • Total of 4 weeks per year taken as one-week or two-week blocks (no restrictions)

Note: Each block consists of seven to eight weeks.


The residents are intimately involved in medical student teaching. This involves didactic instruction when the medical students attend the various departmental conferences, practical instruction in the normal history and physical examination of patients seen together in the various clinics. Medical students are invited to observe ocular surgery in the inpatient and outpatient facilities. They are evaluated by the resident staff.