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Educational Activities

Rich Academic Environment

Part of a top tier medical school, The Flaum Eye Institute is home to some of the most influential vision and optics researchers in the world. Experts from the Center for Visual Science, Institute of Optics and Center for Aging and Development give our residents the opportunity to explore a wide range of basic science and translational research avenues.

The Flaum Eye Institute Distinguished Visiting Professor Series offers monthly opportunities to interact with national sub specialty experts and learn about the advances in eye care and the annual Rochester Ophthalmology Conference draws some of the finest experts from throughout the world.

Educational Goals

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.