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Our dedicated faculty provide a great curriculum.

Clinical Rotations


The year begins with a six week summer session directed at first year residents. In the summer, first year residents are given a core course in ophthalmic knowledge each day of the week between 7:30 and 9:30 a.m. and all day on Thursdays. The balance of the first year residents’ time is spent in the general clinic seeing patients in very small numbers at first and only gradually increasing to larger numbers toward the end of the summer.  This summer curriculum is designed to introduce the resident to necessary basic information in oph7977695thalmology concurrently with a gradually graded clinical experience. By the end of the summer session, residents are competent to do skillful ophthalmic examinations with enough basic information to benefit maximally from their subsequent clinical experiences throughout residency.


Following the summer curriculum for first year residents, the formal conference and seminar schedule proceeds throughout the remainder of the academic year. A monthly calendar is published and sent to all residents and faculty concerning conference times, topics, and participants.

On Thursday, residents participate in rounds and teaching conferences for the majority of the day. The schedule for Thursday is as follows:

  •   7:30  –  8:30 a.m. – Morbidity, Mortality and Microsurgery
  •   8:30  –  9:15 a.m. – Patient case presentations and discussions
  •   9:15 – 10:15 a.m. – Grand rounds lecture given by a visiting professor or a faculty member
  • 12:15  –  1:15 p.m. – Fluorescein and fundus photography conference by Retina faculty
  • 10:30  –  4:15 p.m. –  Subspecialty conferences with lectures rotating on a two-year cycle.

On Wednesday afternoons from 12:00-1:00 p.m., a teaching conference at the Francis I. Proctor Foundation takes place focusing on inflammatory and infectious diseases of the eye.

In addition to these weekly lectures, the following courses occur annually:

  • Two-day intensive course in Orbital Anatomy with cadaver dissection
  • Five-day course in Ophthalmic Microsurgery
  • One-day hands-on course in Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery
  • Two-day Continuing Medical Education course provided by department faculty
  • Five-day Fundamentals of Ophthalmology course based on the format of the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science course for first and second year residents
  • One-day Cordes Eye Society Alumni Scientific Meeting