Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Residency Program : Advantages
The vast majority of our clinics are staffed by full-time faculty physicians. Additionally, clinical faculty members in private practice and from the medical school conduct clinics and provide lectures regularly. Residents rotate among the various subspecialty services, and evaluations of residents and faculty members are completed after each rotation.
The department's basic science program has grown considerably to include highly respected researchers in broad areas of expertise, such as electrophysiology, visual psychophysics, cell growth acceleration and inhibition, and dynamic measurement of accommodation.
In addition to resident participation at an external basic science Course, full-time and visiting faculty members present a full range of lectures in the basic and clinical sciences.
VA Hospital Experience
Rotations to the Veterans' Administration Medical Center Hospital in Big Spring, Texas, provide each resident with experience in treating a large number and wide variety of ocular pathologies. Clinical instruction is provided by full and part-time clinical faculty.
Residents have the opportunity to work with physicians who are fellowship trained in every major ophthalmic subspecialty. Extensive training and experience in the interpretation of fluorescein angiograms and the diagnosis and treatment of medical retina disorders are integral parts of the program. Residents rotate on the neuro-ophthalmology, low vision, and contact lens services during their first year. Second year rotations include oculoplastics and pediatric ophthalmology, where residents are exposed to a full range of medical and surgical pathology. Extensive experience in surgical and non-surgical management of strabismus is obtained, and the pediatric eye exam and management of amblyopia is emphasized throughout all three years of training. Third year rotations focus on the medical and surgical management of patients with glaucoma, cataract and other anterior segment disorders, and vitreroetinal disorders.
Residents participate in a large variety of surgical cases. A surgical laboratory is conveniently located in our facility and is equipped for microsurgery, including phacoemulsification and corneal and vitreoretinal surgery. Graded surgical exposure insures that each resident develops confidence in treating disorders commonly encountered by the general ophthalmologist.
The Business of Medicine
The Department recognizes the need to offer our residents the opportunity, in addition to their clinical training, to explore and gain exposure to the business of medicine.Periodic interactive lectures and discussions are offered on the topics such as:
- Establishing/Selecting Practice Opportunities
- Practice Operations Overview
- Managed Care Overview
- Documentation and Coding Issues
- Practice Accounting & Finance
- Human Resource Management
- Contract Evaluation and Negotiations