Residency Curriculum PGY3

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Wills Eye Residency Curriculum - PGY3


Your second year as an ophthalmology resident is seen as a time to perfect your clinical skills, gain efficiency, and solidify your knowledge base.

Wills ER Days (6 weeks) – It’s your time to shine and run the show in the Wills Eye ER! You are in charge of two first year residents, two or three ophthalmic nurses, and the day-to-day and moment-to-moment management of one of our busiest clinical environments.

Wills ER Night Float (1 week blocks, ~6 weeks total) – Time for you to exercise your experience and tackle some tough cases on your own. Never fear, you have 24/7 consult service from every subspecialty.

In-Patient Ophthalmology Service and Consults (6 weeks) – You will see consults at TJUH from all services, and work with the on-call fellows from each subspecialty to provide care to these complex and systemically ill patients. Diagnoses can include: trauma, orbital fracture, CMV retinitis, orbital and facial tumors, panuveitis, endophthalmitis and more.

Cataract Surgery – It is here. It’s what you’ve been waiting for. As a second-year resident, you perform between 12-16 primary cataract surgeries from incision to case close.

Other Clinical Rotations: As a second-year resident, you return to subspecialty clinics, but this time with upper-year expertise. You are fine-tuning your knowledge and bridging the gaps from your basic introduction last year, to the finer nuances and management considerations of a more seasoned ophthalmologist. Rotations include:

  • CPEC (6 weeks)
  • Glaucoma (6 weeks, 
including 30-40 lasers)
  • Cornea (6 weeks)
  • Retina (3 weeks with laser and injection clinic)
  • Oculoplastics (6 weeks)
  • Oculoplastic Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology (6 weeks)