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The Curriculum

Clinical experience of both surgery and outpatient office
Learn to evaluate by history and physical examinations.
History taking, specific for ophthalmology.
Proper use of all equipment for the physical examination.
Weekly basic clinical lectures.
Differential diagnosis will be stressed to help organize the residents thought processes in a logical manner.
Appropriate lab and x-ray utilization will be taught.
The basic science home study course (through the American Academy of Ophthalmology) will be started and completed by the end of the second year.
Academic and clinical didactic lectures by nationally known experts in the field of Ophthalmology and related areas.
Subspecialty lectures by the Metro Health Hospital courtesy staff is scheduled during the year in the areas of Pediatrics, Retina, Glaucoma, Refractive Surgery and cornea diseases.
Exposure to the surgical aspects of Ophthalmology will begin the first year assisting in surgery whenever possible and beginning to do parts of the procedures which are deemed appropriate for the resident.
The use of diagnostic and therapeutic lenses must be mastered at the earliest possible time period to afford the resident exposure to the ophthalmic laser procedures.
Seek assistance in reviewing all pathological conditions with the Radiology and Pathology Depts. On a per case basis.
Familiarity with x-ray, CT scans and MRI procedures will be required.
All patient contacts will be reviewed thoroughly with the attending ophthalmologist.
Complete an approved basic science course, at either Stanford University and Colby College (during the summer) and the University of Texas (during the winter).
Rotations set up to physicians to Pediatrics, Neuroophthalmology, Vitreoretinal diseases, Cornea, Plastics and Glaucoma.
Attending board reviews, journal clubs, lectures, meetings whenever possible.
CORO is required whenever possible.
Surgical exposure increases.
A research paper suitable for publication or a scientific poster is required by the end of the 2nd year.
Surgical judgment and skills are stressed.
Presenting potential surgical cases to the attending and justifying their reasons for surgical intervention.
Manual dexterity and finesse will develop during this period.
Educating the residents in other specialties will be partially the responsibility of the senior resident.
Organizing the various externs, interns and residents for the maximum educational experience is the responsibility of the senior resident.
The senior resident will be required to lecture to the house staff for monthly lectures.
A second research paper or poster is required by the completion of the third year.
The resident is encouraged to attend and take the written exam at the AOCOO-HNS certification examination.
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