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About the Program

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.

Fully Integrated

Our residency program became fully integrated starting with the 2020/21 academic year. Candidates will match for four years as ophthalmology residents, and the intern year curriculum is controlled and designed by the ophthalmology program. We have partnered with other services at URMC to provid the educational experiences that we feel are most helpful to prepare residents in their transition to ophthalmology training. Interns' rotations will include experiences with internal medicine (inpatient, outpatient, and subspecialty), emergency medicine, neurology, and various surgical subspecialties (ENT, dermatology, facial plastics, or neurosurgery).  Three months of dedicated ophthalmology experience will be included during the intern year. 

Learn First Hand

srg groupWe emphasize preceptorship in our training. Our faculty practice and resident clinics are all located in the same physical space to promote interaction and first hand experience. Our clinics offer high surgical volumes with close supervision from faculty members.

Specialist Resources

Flaum Eye Institute offers residents a wealth of online tools and facilities to augment their experience, including a free standing clinic located directly adjacent to the FEI faculty practice.

Resident Continuity Clinic

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FEI residents have their own 2,500 sq. ft. continuity clinic that is adjacent to the faculty practice clinic. Six exam rooms are equipped with modern instrumentation and technology allowing residents to focus on treating patients and learning from their preceptors. Each room includes access to FEI’s modern IT infrastructure including our diagnostic imaging system, Flowcast scheduling and billing software and Epic electronic medical record system. Residents also utilize FEI’s state-of-the-art imaging and diagnostic service which is one of the most complete and modern in the United States. To ensure a smooth flow of patients, the clinic is staffed by ophthalmic nurses, technicians, and administrative personnel.

Exam Room_1The majority of attending physicians who precept in the clinic are full-time FEI faculty. They provide instruction and review each resident case to maximize knowledge transfer for all general and sub-specialty clinics. In addition to FEI faculty, the clinic is also visited by community preceptors who enrich the educational experience by providing a private practice perspective.

FEI Surgical Skills Laboratory

kitaroFlaum Eye Institute believes that practicing surgical skills is a crucial aspect of resident education. Accordingly our ophthalmologists in training have access to one of the most modern and well equipped wet labs in the country. At the heart of FEI’s facility is the Kitaro wet lab simulator. This award winning system synthetically recreates the human eye and allows residents to practice nearly every aspect of cataract surgery, from making the initial incision to removing the cataract and replacing it with an artificial lens. Kitaro even simulates eye movement that a surgeon would expect in the operating room. Beyond cataract surgery the FEI wet lab provides residents rich opportunities to practice many ophthalmic surgical techniques and comes equipped with:

  • Kitaro surgical simulation system
  • Three late-model phacoemulsification machines
  • Operating microscopes identical to those used in operating rooms, including video cameras that allow faculty and residents to record and review procedures
  • Three suturing stations
  • Classroom area with flat screen monitor for demonstration of procedures and surgical review

Gipner Library

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Named after former department Chairman John Gipner, M.D., the ophthalmology library has more than 1,000 volumes, archives of clinical and scientific journals and multi-media titles.

Online Resources

We offer a growing number of resources for FEI residents and trainees from other programs to connect with our faculty and with each other

Strabismus Rounds (Matthew Gearinger, M.D.)

L.V. Prasad Eye Institute Webinars