Residency Curriculum PGY4

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Residency Curriculum PGY4

PGY4 year is the time where the majority of surgical training occurs, the foundation of which was laid in years 1 and 2.  At Wills, third-year residents have complete protection over their surgical patient population. Fellows and residents do not compete for cases which leads to both happy residents and fellows and promotes healthy mentorship with our incredibly talented fellows.

Cataracts (24 weeks) – Senior residents graduate with 180-200 cataracts, including white cataracts, patients with pseudoexfoliation, or phacodonesis. At Wills, the resident is the primary surgeon from start to finish, including the use of cutting- edge techniques, sutured Ahmed segments, capsular tension ring, Yamane technique, and much more. The quality and access to surgical techniques is unparalleled, including approaches to uveitic cataracts and other complex cataract cases. This surgical rotation features access to the latest technology from surgical sign-up to post-op care:


  • IOL Master 700
  • iTrace
  • Corneal Topography
  • Visante
  • Ultrasound biomicroscopy
  • Widefield fundus imaging
  • SD-OCT


  • Intraoperative biometry
  • Femtosecond laser
  • ORA intraoperative biometry

Glaucoma Surgey (6 weeks)

  • MIGS – iStent, Xen
  • Goniotomy
  • Trabeculectomy
  • Tube shunts
  • Cyclophotocoagulation/MP3


Cornea/Anterior Segment Surgery (6 weeks)


Retina (6 weeks)

  • Core vitrectomies
  • Panretinal photocoagulation
  • Laser Indirect ophthalmoscopy
  • Intravitreal injections


Oculoplastic Surgery (6 weeks)

Refractive Surgery (Elective)

  • Elective, Saturday Appointments
  • PRK and LASIK
  • 10 cases at discounted cost to the patient
  • More than 90 patients on our waiting list