LVPEI: Resident’s Life
With respect to academic life once
in residency or fellowship, the experience is fairly parallel with our system.
The training focuses around research, OR time, clinic time, and presentations.
The major difference is that their work week is essentially 7 days per week.
They work Monday through Saturday, with postoperative rounds and other academic
odds and ends on Sunday. The operating
rooms are open almost 24 hours per day, with cases ending well into the
evening. Cornea and retina teams, in particular, are often operating past 11pm
in the evening. Residents and fellows sometimes graduate with 2000 cataracts
under their belt. Fellows easily exceed
a 100 hour work week, and the odd places and positions in which I have happened
upon them sleeping is a testament to that.
In off-work hours, the library is packed and the wet lab is in near
The daily morning lecture is
presented by a resident or a fellow to the faculty and their peers. The topic
of discussion is usually a journal article or recent clinical case. The speaker
is then constructively criticized by the
faculty in the auditorium. Questions are also directed at the fellows and
residents seated in the auditorium. An
attending gives the lecture on Saturday mornings, which usually centers around
a particular surgical technique. All
morning lectures are streamed to the other LVPEI campuses, and there is a
separate screen so that we can see their auditorium and a sound system through
which we can hear their questions and contributions. Lectures are generally very high yield, if
not a little nerve wracking for those in long-term training here.
There is much to be said for the level of success
achieved in both the academic and clinical realm by the juggernaut that is
LVPEI. The different manner in which
equivalent success and prestige is obtained by institutions like LV Prasad and
Wills Eye Hospital makes the developing partnership and knowledge exchange
between such institutions that much more interesting and, moreover, essential.