The Flaum Eye Institute's Residency Program is designed to model expertly trained clinical and research oriented ophthalmologists. We want our residents to become recognized leaders in patient care, research and education. Working under close supervision of our faculty members, residents are required to meet the standards of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.
At the Flaum Eye Institute, we offer resident education that ensures exposure to all eye care subspecialties. Our graduates possess general knowledge, exposure to research and strong clinical and surgical skills.
Our goal is to provide a framework for residents in training to acquire a comprehensive education with a variety of experience beyond that which is minimally required. This includes individual clinic training and didactic education in the basic visual sciences, and the full range of medical and surgical ophthalmic conditions. On completion of three years of training, the resident should have sufficient knowledge and skills to be a “competent ophthalmologist” which is consistent with the six competencies as outlined by the ACGME.
- To exercise educational leadership and innovation in the local and national ophthalmologic community.
- To familiarize residents with essential information regarding socioeconomic, public health and ethical issues relevant to the practice of medicine in the evolving health care environment.
- To develop skills to critically review the ophthalmic literature to further one’s education.
- To develop an understanding of the methodology and intricacies of ophthalmic research through hands on participation in one or more research projects.
- To prepare Ophthalmology Residents for the American Board of Ophthalmology certification.
- To acquire skills in and appreciation of the importance of educating non-ophthalmic physicians and health personnel in basic clinical ophthalmic principles.
At each participating institution, 50-70% of patients present to a general clinic, which is precepted by a member of the full or part-time faculty. This experience provides exposure to a broad spectrum of vision care needs and ophthalmic pathology. It simulates the environment of a comprehensive ophthalmology practice. Interesting or complex patients are referred to regularly scheduled subspecialty clinics where they are seen, discussed, and managed with subspecialty faculty.
Over the three years of training, each resident is assigned to different subspecialty rotations. These include: cornea/anterior segment, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, medical and surgical retina, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and refractive surgery. Subspecialty clinics are held regularly at Strong Memorial, and Rochester General Hospitals and at the private offices of some of the part-time faculty.
Subspecialty clinics are held regularly at Strong Memorial, and Rochester General Hospitals. Full-time and part-time clinical faculty oversee these clinics. Residents must show up on time and must work-up and be prepared to discuss the management of all of these patients. Patients sent to the subspecialty clinics should be patients who cannot be adequately managed in the general clinic, be of special interest, have difficult problems or be surgical candidates.
- Anterior Segment (Cornea, Cataract, Refractive Surgery)
- Medical Retina
- Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
- Vitreous/Retinal Surgery
Graduate Resident Statistics
Residents at the Flaum Eye Institute have impressive Graduate Placements and Surgical averages.
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For more information on residency training: Graduate Medical Education, URMC