First-year residents learn how to take histories, perform refractions and use specialized instruments and equipment to diagnose and treat common ocular problems. They rotate through the services of low vision, pediatric ophthalmology, retina and the general and sub-specialty clinics at the VA and Eskenazi hospitals. Residents complete initial ophthalmologic evaluations under the supervision of IU School of Medicine faculty and begin surgical experience with pediatric ophthalmology and retina. Primary call is split between PGY1 and PGY2 residents.
Second-year ophthalmology residents concentrate on subspecialty training with rotations through oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology and the general and sub-specialty clinics at the VA and Eskenazi 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 Trainees’ Research 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, pediatrics and refractive surgery. In-depth rotations through the subspecialties augment knowledge and skills obtained during the first two years of residency. Residents in the third year assume more responsibility for patient care in clinics and ORs and serve as primary surgeons during ocular trauma cases.
Three PGY4 residents are selected as chief residents in areas of academics, administration and surgery. These individuals serve as the liaison between the residents and the department chair and program directors. In addition, they are given administrative responsibility for medical student education, resident didactics, grand rounds assignments, rotation schedules and many other aspects affecting resident life at IU.
Glick Eye Institute Resident Surgical Skills Transfer Course
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 and 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.