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Didactics and Conferences - Ophthalmology at MedStar Washington

Regularly scheduled didactics are held each Wednesday afternoon, for a minimum of three 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 vitreoretinal 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, 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.

The 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 and oculoplastics sessions 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.

There is also a monthly Morbidity and Blindness Rounds, consisting of faculty discussion of cases presented by the residents of surgical complications encountered in their own and attending surgeons' cases. Monthly retina conferences and oculoplastics sessions are also conducted, at which residents present interesting cases 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 monthly at MedStar Georgetown, including an hour of case presentations by the residents, and discussion of the cases as well as lectures by the Visiting Professor.

There is a Pathology didactic series with an Ophthalmic Pathologist. Approximately six sessions cover every topic in eye and eye adnexal pathology. These sessions are presented in a case-based format. The series is repeated every year.

The retina service holds monthly intravenous fluorescein rounds. This is a case-based series that 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
110 Irving Street, N.W., Suite 1A-1
Washington, DC 20010
Phone: (202) 877-6159
Email: Penelope.A.Helfgott@MedStar.net