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Didactics and Conferences

Minolta DSCRegularly scheduled didactics are held nearly every each Wednesday afternoon, for a minimum of 3 hours per week. These lecture sessions cover a multitude of topics in the basic and clinical sciences in ophthalmology. Topics include: cataract surgery, contact lenses, cornea and external disease, eyelid abnormalities, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular trauma, optics and refraction, orbital disease and ophthalmic plastic surgery, pathology, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, systemic disease consults, uveitis, visual rehabilitation, refractive surgery, and vitreo-retinal diseases. In addition, the following topics are also discussed: advocacy, ethics, practice management, and socio-economics.

In addition to the weekly didactic sessions, the residents participate in many other conferences. The annual Lecture Series includes 3 neuro-ophthalmology conferences, an anterior segment symposium, a retina symposium, a low vision symposium, and a billing and coding seminar. Most of these sessions include resident case presentations and discussions and feature prominent speakers from around the country as well as members of the program’s faculty.

Minolta DSCThe monthly Morbidity and Blindness Rounds, consist of faculty discussion of cases presented by the residents of surgical complications encountered in their own and attending surgeons’ cases. Monthly retina conferences, ocular motility, cornea and oculoplastics rounds are also conducted, at which interesting cases are presented by the residents for discussion. At the bi-monthly Department meetings, an innovative “point-counterpoint” format allows residents to research and present current thinking on a controversial ophthalmology topic. Visiting Professors are scheduled at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, including an hour of case presentations by the residents, and discussion of the cases as well as lectures by the Visiting Professor.

The retina service holds monthly intravenous fluorescein rounds. This is a case-based series which covers basic and advanced diagnostic interpretations of retinal fluorescein and indocyanine green (ICG) images.

In addition to these scheduled conferences in which all of the residents participate, there are formal teaching case presentations at each rotation site, coordinated by the local site director.

For more information, contact:

Penelope Helfgott
Executive Director
Washington National Eye Center, Inc.
Administrative Program Director
MGUH/MWHC Ophthalmology Residency Program
110 Irving Street, NW, Suite 1A-19
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: 202-877-6159
Email: [email protected]

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