Educational conferences serve as an important supplement to the clinical and surgical experiences ophthalmology residents receive at IU School of Medicine. These programs take place via Zoom or in the Glick Eye Institute Spitzberg Conference Hall, when able.
From August to June, Case Conferences occur on the 2nd through 4th Wednesdays from 7:30-8:30 am. Residents present interesting cases with oversight from a faculty mentor, and an interactive and friendly discussion between residents and faculty follows each case.
Fluorescein Angiography Conference
Fluorescein angiography conference occurs once per month. Our retina faculty lead residents through case-based discussions while reviewing retinal images, with a focus on FAs.
From August to June, Ophthalmology Grand Rounds are held on the first Wednesdays of each month from 7:30-8:30 am. Typical programs include: renowned guest speakers; “Science of disease” talks combining expertise of our own clinical and research faculty; and other highly regarded IUSM faculty, with topics ranging from interdisciplinary medical talks to diversity and inclusion to wellness.
Indiana Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
All residents are excused from clinical and surgical duties to attend the annual IAO meeting. This meeting brings together ophthalmologists from throughout the state of Indiana for scientific talks and networking.
Subspecialty journal clubs (e.g. pediatric ophthalmology, glaucoma, cornea) are held approximately once per month, with active participation from the faculty of each subspecialty section.
Didactic lectures from faculty members occur on select weekdays from 7-8 am and occasional Monday evenings at 5:30 PM. Topics follow the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Science Course and are geared to prepare residents for both OKAPs as well as clinical settings.
Each year, two residents are selected and supported to attend the American Academy of Ophthalmology Mid-Year Forum and Congressional Advocacy Day in Washington, D.C.
This is an invaluable experience for residents to learn about advocacy, leadership and career development, and also includes visits to Capitol Hill to meet with legislators to advocate for important topics in our field.
Morbidity and Blindness Conference
Each PGY4 resident will lead a morbidity and blindness conference, where important patient safety and quality improvement topics are discussed between residents and faculty in an honest, confidential, and open atmosphere.
Neuro-ophthalmology Case Conference
Neuro case conference occurs once per month and are led by our neuro-ophthalmology faculty. Complicated or unique cases are discussed with active resident and faculty participation.
Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) Review
For several weeks leading up to the OKAP exam each spring, didactics are focused solely towards high yield OKAPs topics.
New incoming PGY1 and PGY2 residents participate in a several-day orientation course in early July, with introductory lectures given by faculty in all sub-specialties. In addition, practical hands on skills training in topics such as refraction, retinoscopy, slit lamp skills, and indirect ophthalmoscopy are provided to prepare residents for their first clinical encounters.
Ophthalmology pathology lectures occur once per month on the 3rd Friday morning of each month. PGY2 and PGY3 residents have protected time to attend while PGY4 residents cover clinics for the duration of the lecture.