Residency Meetings & Conferences

Residency Meetings & Conferences


Members of the faculty provide lectures throughout the week. Attendance at all lectures is mandatory unless on vacation or in surgery. The chief resident arranges the lectures.

Grand Rounds

Grand Rounds are held every Wednesday morning at 7:15 AM. The purpose of Grand Rounds is to present challenging or interesting cases/findings and to discuss the pertinent differential diagnosis briefly.

Chart Review

Three Wednesdays per month, the assigned resident selects a patient with an extensive ocular history and presents a detailed summary of both the ophthalmology records and patient’s general medical record. The goal is to view the evolution of disease processes over time, view the relationship between ocular and systemic disease, and to identify any gaps or pitfalls of medical record keeping.

Journal Club

One Wednesday per month the assigned residents present journal articles.

Morbidity & Mortality Conference (M&M)

Forum for residents and attendings to discuss surgical complications of routine and acute eye conditions, focusing specifically on their own cases. Held three Wednesdays per month.

Off Campus Programs

Chicago Ophthalmological Society (COS)

COS meets one Monday per month from September through April at the University of Chicago Gleacher Center in downtown Chicago. Various nationally known speakers are invited to give lectures.

The Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology (CCO)

This lecture series is presented from September through April on Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. The six ophthalmology residency programs and faculty from each participate in this citywide lecture program.

Rabb Retina Study Club

At this city-wide ophthalmology meeting held throughout the year, residents, fellows and attendings present challenging retina cases for discussion. Retina faculty from all six ophthalmology programs attend and the diagnosis and treatment plan of each case are reviewed and debated.

Association for Research in Vision & Ophthalmology (ARVO)

Each year our residents are encouraged to design and perform a research project that may be submitted to ARVO. If accepted, the department pays for airfare and lodging for the resident to attend the meeting.

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)

Residents are encouraged to design posters to present at the academy. If a resident does create a poster, the department will pay for airfare and lodging for the resident to attend this national conference. In addition, all three of our third year residents attend this conference.