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Resident Edition 2014

15 Years (Plus) After Residency: What Did I Really Learn During Training?
I was 15 years out from my residency in 2006 and asked myself, “What did I really learn during training?” By then, I was a relatively new program director with four years of experience, a recently promoted professor and the recognized regional expert for difficult cases in my subspecialty. Although that was eight years ago, the answers to my question have never really changed. In fact, the five observations here hold true for the entirety of one’s career, even if they were not obvious immediately after graduation.

Top 10 Pearls on How to Survive Being on Call
“Call” is one of the most infamous aspects of medical training. And, of course, it’s also a hugely significant part of the education of all ophthalmologists-in-training. From reference materials to a call bag, here are 10 tips for providing the best care possible during late-night calls.

10 Tips for the Traumatic Exam
The exam of an ocular injury can be traumatizing for both the physician and the patient, but certain strategies facilitate a smoother process. Here are 10 tips to safely and effectively examine pediatric and adult ocular trauma.

You're Now on Team Ophtho, Come Out and Play!
There is no solid demarcation line between the day you finish residency or fellowship and the day when you are on your own. And you can’t save being a great doctor for later. It starts now. This might sound a bit formidable, but fear not, you have the entire profession backing you — Team Ophtho.

First-Year Resident Reading Guide
Welcome to residency. Now start studying! It’s not really that bad, and March can seem a long way off, but starting a reading schedule for the OKAP exam early can help it seem less overwhelming in February. To assist your studies, here is a BCSC reading schedule.

Top 10 Ophthalmology Written Qualifying Exam/OKAP Review Resources
To help ensure that you perform your best, here are several preparation resources to add to your ophthalmic library, including both print and online sources to bookmark.

So You Want to Be a Surgical Superstar? Here Are Five Tips for the Novice Surgeon
The epic first cataract surgery had arrived. My patient had placed his trust and his eye in my hands, and I wanted to do well. I wondered how I would make it through the end of the day. Hours of practicing in the wet lab ran through my mind. As it turned out, the experience gained by assisting my upper levels was priceless. Allow me now to pay it forward with these five tips.

Learning the Lingo: Ophthalmic Abbreviations
Given the amount of abbreviations in the ophthalmic lexicon, one might think ophthalmologists speak purely in code. To help you avoid the confusion and steer away from the embarrassing mistake, this cheat sheet includes more than 100 basic abbreviations you’ll need to know as you learn the professional lingo.

The Emergent Eye Exam
It’s important to establish a routine ophthalmic exam so that you don’t miss anything, especially in an emergency setting. Here are some tips for the standard eight-point eye exam to help you be thorough and stay efficient.

Optics 101
A sound understanding of optics is not only necessary for your OKAPs, it’s a fundamental element of your profession. Here’s a quick primer that will go a long way in helping you to understand the optics involved in vision correction and determining a glasses prescription.

Ophthalmic Measurements
Whether it be used in the most basic of ophthalmic exams or the most complicated of cataract surgeries, expertise in eye anatomy is the building block of everything that is ophthalmology. Here's a few of the more elemental ophthalmic measurements that all residents should put to memory — from orbital volume and posterior segment diameters to optic nerve length and visual fields.


Editor-in-Chief
David W. Parke II, MD

Chief Medical Editor
Natasha L. Herz, MD

YO Info Editorial Board
Natasha L. Herz, MD, Chair
Brian T. Chan-Kai, MD
James G. Chelnis, MD
Edward H. Hu, MD, PhD
Janice C. Law, MD
David E. Vollman, MD, MBA
Elizabeth Yeu, MD

YO Committee Chair
Robert F. Melendez, MD, MBA

Secretary for Member Services
Tamara R. Fountain, MD

Academy Staff
Neeshah Azam
Gail Schmidt