Message from the Director
Steven E. Feldon, M. D., M.B.A.
Thank you for your interest in the ophthalmology residency at the University of Rochester, a fully accredited 3-year training program. I have the pleasure of introducing myself to you as the Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry and Director of the Flaum Eye Institute.
The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Rochester continues to undergo many exciting changes that will dramatically enhance your residency training experience. The Flaum Eye Institute at the University of Rochester combines broad clinical experience with an increased emphasis on research and technology. With a dozen full-time subspecialist faculty and more on the way, we are increasing the scope and depth of our subspecialty education.
Residents can expect numerous interactions with the Flaum Eye Institute's clinical and basic science faculty. In addition, residents may work with the basic science faculty of the University's internationally renowned Center for Visual Science (CVS), the top-rated Institute of Optics and Department of Biomedical Engineering, as well as industry and other programs at the University. For example, there are active collaborations related to new innovations in refractive surgery and retinal imaging at the cellular level. As a resident, you are encouraged to enrich your clinical training with participation in new as well as on-going clinical and basic research projects. You are also encouraged to present your research at national meetings such as ARVO and the American Academy of Ophthalmology; funds are provided to pay for travel expenses related to your presentation.
The surgical experience of the residency program has been significantly enhanced with the expansion of a program of care for Veterans in the Rochester and Upstate New York area. This program is in addition to well-established clinical and surgical experiences at Strong Memorial Hospital, Rochester General Hospital, and Westfall Surgical Center. Training in intraocular surgery commences during the second year. All residents receive access to our surgical skills laboratory featuring the Kitaro surgical simulation system. And, unlike many training programs that depend primarily on resident-to-resident teaching, the majority of our resident clinics are staffed by experienced voluntary, part-time, and full-time Flaum Eye Institute faculty, with faculty members attending all surgeries. In addition, opportunities to study international ophthalmology exist through a partnership with the world renowned L.V. Prasad Eye Institute in Hyderbad, India.
Our educational program emphasizes case management, complemented by numerous didactic sessions throughout the week. Friday afternoons are set aside for lectures by the faculty covering the curriculum of the Basic and Clinical Science Course. Weekly subspecialty and patient case rounds are held along with regularly scheduled fluorescein conferences. Through the generosity of corporate underwriters, a visiting professorship brings ten nationally recognized leaders in ophthalmology to lecture each year. Residents are also provided the opportunity to participate in nationally acclaimed didactic courses, such as the Wills Course and the Harvard Cataract Course.
Steven E. Feldon, M.D., M.B.A.
Professor of Ophthalmology, Neurology, and Neurological Surgery
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry
Flaum Eye Institute