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Scholarly activity is encouraged in the program in a variety of ways. Residents are taught the basic principles of clinical research during their weekly didactics. They learn how to conduct research and utilize basic principles of data analysis. They learn how to obtain approval for projects through the MedStar Washington Hospital Center or MedStar Georgetown University Hospital Institutional Review Board. First-year residents present posters of their preliminary research ideas at the Residents Day in June.

There is protected time for residents to continue to refine their projects, conduct studies, and meet with faculty mentors regarding their projects. Each second and third year resident does a presentation of their research project at Residents Day. When funding is needed for research, the Department is able to provide the financial resources needed for the resident’s project. When statistical analysis is needed, the Department of Biostatistics at Georgetown University is available to work with the resident in their data analysis. Basic science research is also available to residents at MGUH.

The program further encourages resident research by sponsoring their attendance at scientific meetings where their studies are presented. This encourages residents to produce high quality studies for presentation at national ophthalmology meetings and even publication in peer-reviewed journals.

Additionally, The Ocular Innovation Award is given annually to the ophthalmology residency program to support resident research as well as to the resident who has been judged to have produced during the year the best original concept, operation, instrument or invention in ophthalmology. This award was established in 2013 by an Attending Faculty Member of the MedStar Georgetown University Hospital/ MedStar Washington Hospital Center residency program.

By the end of a resident’s three-year course of study in ophthalmology, he or she has presented research at an average of 12-15 major local, regional and national meetings and served as presenter or lecturer for numerous sessions/events, including the monthly Low Vision Support Group at MedStar Washington Hospital Center and the bi-monthly department medical staff meetings.

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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