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First-year residents learn how to use specialized instruments and equipment to diagnose and treat common ocular problems. They rotate through the services of ocular pathology, low vision, pediatric ophthalmology and retina as well as the general ophthalmology clinics at the county (Eskenazi) and VA (Roudebush) hospitals. Residents complete initial ophthalmologic evaluations under the supervision of IU School of Medicine faculty and begin surgical experience with strabismus surgery, as all minor surgical procedures are performed by first- and second-year ophthalmology residents.
Second-year ophthalmology residents concentrate on subspecialty training with rotations through oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology and the general ophthalmology clinics at the county and VA hospitals with increased surgical and consultative responsibilities. Residents begin to learn techniques of intraocular surgery, including cataract extraction and oculoplastic procedures. Additionally, all second-year residents are expected to present a research paper at IU School of Medicine’s annual Residents’ Day.
During the third year of training, residents gain significant experience as primary surgeons in all areas of ophthalmic surgery, including cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics and pediatrics. In-depth rotations through these subspecialties augment knowledge and skills obtained during subspecialty rotations in the first two years of residency. Residents in the third year assume more responsibility for patient care in general ophthalmology clinics.
Each year, one senior resident is selected as the chief training resident. This individual is given administrative responsibility for medical student education, grand rounds assignments and training of fellow residents. In addition, a second senior resident is appointed as chief administrative resident and assists department faculty in creating resident rotations and on-call schedules and serves as the liaison between the residents and the department chair and program directors.
Current medical students and/or medical school graduates interested in applying to the Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program must do so through the SF Match website. All required supporting documentation must be submitted in order to be considered for an interview. Supporting documentation includes a completed application, an official undergraduate transcript, an official medical school transcript, USMLE score(s) of 240 or higher in either Step 1 or Step 2, three letters of recommendation.
In addition, non-U.S. medical graduates must provide an ECFMG Certificate, proof of U.S. clinical experience, three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a preceptor during their U.S. training.