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Ophthalmology Residency Program

Learn First Hand

Learn first hand: We 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.

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.

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.

Program Overview

General Clinics

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.

Subspecialty Rotations

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

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)
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical Retina
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Oculoplastics
  • 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
Class of 2011

4 Year Surgical Statistics

  National Median 2011 2012 2013 2014
Cataract 149 212.3 152 264.3 192.3
Retina surgery 29 11.3 45.3 40.3 42
Glaucoma 12 13.3 16.7 12.3 14.3
Cornea 12 20.6 10.0 20.0 13
Plastics total 69 29.3 57.7 87.3 83.7
Strabismus 26 26.0 20.7 28.7 27.7

After Residency

Flaum Eye Institute residents enjoy a variety of options after their training. Many decide to go onto complete sub-specialty fellowships at leading institutions throughout the United States while others opt for private practice. Because of the rich and diverse academic experience that we provide, graduates end up with a many career avenues like research-based academic medicine, building nationally recognized careers in private practice, or establishing thriving academic practices where they help train future generations of ophthalmologists.

Graduate Placement

Class of 2016:

  • Cornea fellowship, Flaum Eye Institute, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Glaucoma fellowship, University of Pittsburgh
  • Retina fellowship, Associates in Ophthalmology, Pittsburgh, PA
  • Retina fellowship, Henry Ford Hospital, Detroit, MI

Class of 2015:

  • Glaucoma fellowship, Kellogg Eye Center, Ann Arbor, MI
  • Retina fellowship, Cleveland Clinic, Cleveland, OH
  • Cornea fellowship, Jules Stein, UCLA
  • Pediatric fellowship, Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Class of 2014:

  • Private Practice, Rochester, NY
  • Cornea Fellowship, University of Colorado
  • Oculoplastics Fellowship, Bascom Palmer

Class of 2013:

  • Private Practice, Virginia
  • Academic Practice, Tufts University, Boston
  • Cornea Fellowship, Bascom Palmer

Class of 2012:

  • Glaucoma Fellowship, University of Colorado
  • Retina Fellowship, Johns Hopkins
  • Glaucoma Fellowship, Henry Ford, Detroit

Class of 2011:

  • Cornea Fellowship, Washington University
  • Peds Fellowship, Children's Hospital Los Angeles
  • Private Practice, Rochester

Class of 2010:

  • Private Practice Pittsburgh Retina Fellowship
  • Plastics Fellowship, University of Colorado Denver

Class of 2009:

  • Glaucoma Fellowship, Detroit
  • Cornea Fellowship, UC Irvine
  • Retina Fellowship, Boston

Class of 2008:

  • Glaucoma Fellowship, Washington University
  • Glaucoma Fellowship, Wilmer
  • Neuro-Op Fellowship, Wilmer

Class of 2007:

  • Pharm/ Industry
  • Private Practice, Chicago
  • Plastics Fellowship, Rochester


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