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University of Pennsylvania Health System

Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Education

Academic Program

Drs. Nichols and HsuWeekly Didactic Program
An extensive didactic program complements the clinical experience. There is a weekly three-hour session on Monday mornings from 7 to 10 am during which the basic science course is covered. The course cycles on an 18-month to two-year basis. Monday mornings are protected time for residents with no clinical responsibilities.

The curriculum is organized to include all information in the Basic Science and Clinical Ophthalmology series published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology. This series of texts is purchased for each resident by the department.

Other regular conferences include fluorescein angiography, neuro-ophthalmology, cornea, glaucoma, pathology, uveitis, retina journal club, and pediatric journal club.

Grand Rounds/Visiting Professor and Guest Lecture Series
Grand Rounds are held each Thursday. Residents, and occasionally fellows, will present interesting cases or research projects for discussion with departmental faculty.

Twice a month there is a research conference immediately following grand rounds where either an invited guest lecturer or a member of the research faculty describes his or her work.

Continuing Medical Education Activities (CME)
Four to five times per year, a Visiting Professor is invited to the Scheie Eye Institute to speak at a CME. On Friday afternoon, the Professor discusses cases presented by the residents and delivers a lecture to the residents.

The CME activity is typically held on Saturday and includes lectures by the Visiting Professor and Scheie faculty members with expertise in that specialty area.

National Meetings
During the second or third year of residency, each resident will have the opportunity to attend the annual meeting of either the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the Association for Research in Vision in Ophthalmology. Support to attend this meeting is provided for each resident one time during the residency.

Attendance at other meetings is supported if the resident is an author or a co-author of a paper being presented.