October 28, 2016
At one time we were all first-year ophthalmology residents, suddenly immersed into a strange and novel world. The field has an extremely steep learning curve. New residents are tasked with the challenge of simultaneously learning ophthalmic knowledge, exam skills and surgical techniques. Medical schools devote little time to these topics, and I know of no existing resources that are designed specifically to help ophthalmology residents at the beginning of their careers.
Ophthalmology is an innovative and fast-moving field, with new advances constantly evolving and occasionally revolutionizing the way we treat patients. It is just as important for an established ophthalmologist to keep up with these changes so that he can provide the best care for his patients. While many printed resources exist for continuing medical education, I increasingly see our residents using online and mobile resources. These are more interactive, can include videos and animation, and provide a convenient format that can be accessed virtually anywhere.