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Our integrated PGY-1 Ophthalmology internship curriculum includes 3 months of clinical ophthalmology and 9 months of ophthalmology-customized broad patient care experiences across internal medicine and surgical subspecialties. Comprehensive clinical and surgical ophthalmology training during the PGY 2-4 years encompasses the entire spectrum of ophthalmic care, with focused clinical experience and didactics in all subspecialty areas:

  • Anterior segment diseases
  • Cataract
  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical retina
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ocular oncology
  • Oculoplastic and orbital surgery
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Refraction, contact lenses, and low-vision aids
  • Strabismus
  • Uveitis and ocular inflammation
  • Vitreoretinal surgery
Resident perspective


Resident perspective

PGY-1 Rotation Schedule

Oculoplastic surgery 4 weeks
Comprehensive ophthalmology 4 weeks
Cornea 4 weeks
Out-patient neurology / neuroradiology 4 weeks
Emergency medicine 4 weeks
Neurology 4 weeks
Internal medicine 4 weeks
Infectious disease 4 weeks
Elective 4 weeks
Medical genetics 2 weeks
Plastic surgery 2 weeks
Rheumatology 2 weeks
Dermatology 2 weeks
Cardiology 2 weeks
Hematology 2 weeks
MICU 2 weeks
GI 2 weeks

PGY-2 Rotation Schedule

Comprehensive ophthalmology 4 months
Refraction/pediatrics/glaucoma 2 months
Uveitis/oncology/pathology 2 months
Neuro-ophthalmology 2 months
Retina 2 months

PGY-3 Rotation Schedule

Cataract/comprehensive 3 months
Cornea 2 months
Glaucoma 2 months
Oculoplastics 2 months
Pediatric ophthalmology 2 months
Retina 1 month

PGY-4 Rotation Schedule

Chief resident - Rochester 9 months
VA Medical Center 3 months

Didactics curriculum

Our program approaches the science and art ophthalmology from a variety of different angles: 

  • Weekly AAO Basic and Clinical Science Course didactic lectures
  • Weekly Department of Ophthalmology grand rounds
  • Weekly resident case conferences
  • Weekly COS rounds on PGY-2-oriented topics (July-December)
  • Weekly case presentation conferences
  • Bimonthly retina imaging (fellow-led)
  • Monthly retina imaging (faculty-led)
  • Semiweekly optics didactics series for PGY-2 trainees (July-October)
  • Ocular pathology didactics
  • Monthly video-based surgical outcomes conferences
  • Monthly subspecialty journal clubs
  • Quarterly morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Quarterly video-based ocular trauma conferences
  • Quality Academy didactics program

 Surgical and Procedural Training

  • EyeSi surgical simulator (24-hour access)
  • Surgical wet lab with eye bank human donor eyes (24-hour access)
  • LASIK certification course
  • Corneal suture course / wet laboratory
  • Oculoplastics suture course
  • Ophthalmology Olympics (procedural training workshop)
  • Dedicated resident retinal laser clinics
  • Resident oculoplastic procedure clinics