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
Surgical Experience and Statistics
Our residents participate in and perform the entire breadth and depth of ophthalmic surgeries in FEI’s modern operating rooms. From day one, each resident learns surgical techniques from FEI faculty who perform procedures at our medical center location and our suburban refractive surgery and facial aesthetics center. Residents also participate in rotations at ambulatory surgery centers where our community preceptors operate, and third-year residents may choose to do a surgical elective at the L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderabad, India. Each resident will develop and hone their abilities in our surgical skills laboratory featuring the Kitaro surgical simulator. The number of procedures performed by FEI residents is routinely at or above the national medians and well above the minimum requirements from the ACGME. Our residents have the opportunity to perform the most complex of surgeries during their training.
“I just want to thank you again for all the cool stuff we did in residency. I never would have taken a case like this on without that training.”
-Justin Aaker, MD