July 25, 2016
During medical school there is relatively little exposure to ophthalmology, and only about 2% of all residency positions are devoted to our field. Training in ophthalmology is different from other specialties in so many ways, from the surgical instruments and techniques to the diagnostic and therapeutic technologies. Probably the most challenging part of ophthalmology residency or fellowship is brevity of the training.
Just think how much has changed in ophthalmology in the past decade or two. Now surgeons in training must learn everything that I learned in 2000 when I finished my training, plus all of the new advances that have occurred in the past 16 years. And they must do this in the same number of years that I did, which is quite a challenge. Here are my pearls for the new ophthalmology residents and fellows who are starting their training this month.