Residency Curriculum

Residency Curriculum

PGY-II | First Year Residents

First year residents are given a series of introductory lectures prior to commencing clinical duties. A formal course in optics and refraction is given, followed by introductory lectures on detailed ocular history and examination, common ophthalmic disorders, management of ocular emergencies, ocular pharmacology, retinal function testing, ethics, policies and procedures of the eye clinic, hospital computer training, operating room procedures and on-call procedures. First year residents spend the year acquiring skills in general eye care, with balanced exposure to sub-specialty services. First year residents commence duties as primary surgeon in Pediatric and Oculoplastic cases and as assistants on a wide variety of other surgical procedures. First and second year residents share primary call and are backed up by the senior resident. The three rotation blocks, which last 4 months each, are:

  1. Pediatrics/Strabismus/Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology
  2. Northshore (Comprehensive, Glaucoma, Retina)
  3. Low vision/Contact lenses/Oculoplastics

PGY-III | Second Year Residents

Second year ophthalmology residents assume increasing responsibility in clinics and the operating room and supervise first year residents in clinics. They cover the inpatient/consult service at the University of Chicago, which includes the Bernard Mitchell Adult Hospital, Comer Children’s Hospital and the Center for Care and Discovery. First and second year residents share primary call and are backed up by the senior resident. The three rotation blocks, which each last 4 months, are:

  1. Retina
  2. Glaucoma
  3. Consults/Inpatient

PGY-IV | Third Year Residents

Third year ophthalmology residents supervise and assist first and second year residents, back up junior residents on call, and hone their surgical skills. The three rotation blocks, which each last 4 months, are:

  1. Cornea/Uveitis/Refractive Surgery
  2. Comprehensive/Neuro-ophthalmology
  3. General/Cornea/Glaucoma/Retina – NorthShore University Health System