The UC San Diego Ophthalmology Residency Program emphasizes excellence, ethics, and humanity while training residents to become exceptional ophthalmologists equipped to succeed in any aspect of Ophthalmology, be it academics, research, or the private sector. The overarching goal is the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, and attitudes necessary to provide skilled and compassionate care to patients. Over the program’s three years, residents are provided with clinical exposure in our several facilities to gain mastery of the knowledge and judgment needed while assuming increasing levels of responsibility for the medical and surgical management of patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic Ophthalmological disease. Because we recognize that Ophthalmological education continues beyond the residency training years, we emphasize the importance of self-directed study habits.
Twelve residents will be on board by 2014—up from the nine we had in 2011-2012. While training at our multiple facilities, each resident is exposed to a high volume of cases in a diverse patient population with a wide variety of ophthalmic needs—all of this while being given increasing responsibilities in a one-on-one teaching environment with our attendings.
To give you an idea of what our dozen residents might experience, here are some data from our department’s annual report in 2012:
• A combined 120,000 patient visits (all sites)
• 5,459 surgeries
• 33 faculty
• 132 staff
• $8.3-million in grants
• 228 publications
• 31 clinical trials
• The Shiley campus itself is 91,000’ square (Shiley Eye Center, Ratner Children’s Center, Jacobs Retina Center, Hamilton Glaucoma Center)
Because we are a multi-facility department with a complex patient profile, the clinical and surgical experience of the UC San Diego Ophthalmology resident is outstanding. In a 2010-2011 analysis of resident surgical case log system comparing US programs, UC San Diego ranked 80th percentile in Cataract surgery, 97th percentile in Orbit and Oculoplastic surgery, and 94th percentile in Glaucoma surgery. These percentiles refer to cases in which the resident was the primary surgeon and not assistant surgeon. In the two-year period ending June, 2013, cataract surgeries alone averaged 307.3 per year.
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