• JAN 01, 2014

    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 Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP®) exam early can help it seem less overwhelming in February.

    To assist your studies, below is a Basic & Clinical Science Course reading schedule, starting the second week of the 2014-2015 academic year and finishing in late February 2015.

    This will leave you about a month to review other material and work on questions. Note: this proposed schedule does not include reading the Update on General Medicine book, which is still tested.

    This schedule breaks the material down to roughly 133 pages per week. The most high-yield books are scheduled for earlier on in the year, which will also be helpful clinically for the more junior resident. Good luck!

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    2014

          Dates       Book Assigned
    7/13–7/19 Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology — Section 2

    Begin with: 1 Orbit and Ocular Adnexa

    End after: 4 Ocular Development; Nongenetic Teratogens
    7/20–7/26 Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology — Section 2

    Begin with: 3 Genetics; Introduction

    End after: 13 Retina; Retinal Electrophysiology
    7/27–8/2 Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology — Section 2

    Begin with: 14 Retinal Pigment Epithelium; Anatomical Description

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    8/3–8/9 Lens and Cataract — Section 11

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 7 Surgery for Cataract; Outcomes of Cataract Surgery
    8/10–8/16 Lens and Cataract — Section 11

    Begin with: 8 Complications of Cataract Surgery; Corneal Complications

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    8/17–8/23 Glaucoma — Section 10

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 5 Angle-Closure Glaucoma; Drug-Induced Secondary Angle-Closure Glaucoma
    8/24–8/30 Glaucoma — Section 10

    Begin with: 6 Childhood Glaucoma; Classification

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    8/31–9/6 Retina and Vitreous — Section 12

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 6 Other Retinal Vascular Diseases; Terson Syndrome
    9/7–9/13 Retina and Vitreous — Section 12

    Begin with: 7 Retinopathy of Prematurity; Introduction

    End after: 13 Retinal Detachment and Predisposing Lesions; Optic Pit Maculopathy
    9/14–9/20 Retina and Vitreous — Section 12

    Begin with: 14 Diseases of the Vitreous and Vitreoretinal Interface

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    9/21–9/27 External Disease and Cornea — Section 8

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 6 Ocular Immunology; Diagnostic Approach to Immune-Mediated Ocular Disorders
    9/28–10/4 External Disease and Cornea — Section 8

    Begin with: 7 Diagnosis and Management of Immune-Related Disorders of the External Eye

    End after: 12 Clinical Approach to Depositions and Degenerations
    of the Conjunctiva, Cornea, and Sclera
    10/5–10/11 External Disease and Cornea — Section 8

    Begin with: 13 Clinical Aspects of Toxic and Traumatic Injuries of the Anterior Segment; Injuries Caused by Temperature and Radiation

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    10/12–10/18 Orbit, Eyelids, and Lacrimal System — Section 7

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 10 Classification and Management of Eyelid Disorders; Benign Adnexal Lesions
    10/19–10/25 Orbit, Eyelids, and Lacrimal System — Section 7

    Begin with: 10 Classification and Management of Eyelid Disorders; Benign Melanocytic Lesions

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    10/26–11/1 Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors — Section 4

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 10 Vitreous — Intraocular Lymphoma
    11/2–11/8 Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors — Section 4

    Begin with: 11 Retina and Retinal Pigment Epithelium

    End after: 17 Melanocytic Tumors — Iris Melanoma
    11/9–11/15 Ophthalmic Pathology and Intraocular Tumors — Section 4

    Begin with: 17 Melanocytic Tumors; Melanoma of the Ciliary Body or Choroid

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    11/16–11/22 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus — Section 6

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 8 Exodeviations; Evaluation
    Refractive Surgery — Section 13

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 3 Incisional Corneal Surgery; Arcuate Keratotomy and Limbal Relaxing Incisions
    11/23–11/29 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus — Section 6

    Begin with: 8 Exodeviations — Classification

    End after: 16 Infectious and Allergic Ocular Diseases; Stevens-Johnson Syndrome
    Refractive Surgery — Section 13

    Begin with: 3 Incisional Corneal Surgery — Instrumentation

    End after: 6 Photoablation — Complications and Side Effects; Sterile Infiltrates
    11/30–12/6 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus — Section 6

    Begin with: 16 Infectious and Allergic Ocular Diseases; Kawasaki Disease

    End after: 23 Vitreous and Retinal Diseases and Disorders; HIV/AIDS
    Refractive Surgery — Section 13

    Begin with: 6 Photoablation — Complications and Side Effects; Corneal Haze

    End after: 8 Intraocular Surgery; Light-Adjustable Intraocular Lenses
    12/7–12/13 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus — Section 6

    Begin with: 24 Optic Disc Abnormalities; Developmental Anomalies

    End after: 27 Phakomatoses; Wyburn-Mason Syndrome
    Refractive Surgery — Section 13

    Begin with: 9 Accommodative and Nonaccommodative Treatment of Presbyopia; Introduction

    End after: 11 Considerations After Refractive Surgery; Glaucoma After Refractive Surgery
    12/14–12/20 Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus — Section 6

    Begin with: 28 Craniofacial Malformations; Craniosynostosis

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    Refractive Surgery — Section 13

    Begin with: 12 International Perspectives in Refractive Surgery; Introduction

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    Small break for the holidays: 12/21/2014 to 1/1/2015

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    2015

          Dates       Book Assigned
    1/2–1/10 Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis — Section 9

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 6 Noninfectious (Autoimmune) Ocular Inflammatory Disease; Inflammatory Chorioretinopathies of Unknown Etiology
    1/11–1/17 Intraocular Inflammation and Uveitis — Section 9

    Begin with: 6 Noninfectious (Autoimmune) Ocular Inflammatory Disease; Panuveitis

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    1/18–1/24 Neuro-Ophthalmology — Section 5

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 4 The Patient With Decreased Vision — Classification and Management; Posterior Optic Neuropathies
    1/25–1/31  Neuro-Ophthalmology — Section 5

    Begin with: 4 The Patient With Decreased Vision — Classification and Management; Optic Atrophy

    End after: 11 The Patient With Eyelid or Facial Abnormalities; Disorders of Overactivity of the Seventh Nerve
    2/1–2/7 Neuro-Ophthalmology — Section 5

    Begin with: 12 The Patient With Head, Ocular, or Facial Pain; Evaluation of Headache

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)
    2/8–2/14 Clinical Optics — Section 3

    Begin with: General Introduction; Objectives

    End after: 3 Clinical Refraction; The Prentice Rule and Bifocal Lens Design
    2/15–2/21 Clinical Optics — Section 3

    Begin with: 3 Clinical Refraction; Occupation and Bifocal Segment

    End after: 7 Optical Instruments and Low Vision Aids; Surgical Microscope
    2/22–2/28 Clinical Optics — Section 3

    Begin with: 8 Physical Optics

    End after: Study Questions Answers (END OF BOOK)

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    About the author: David E. Vollman, MD, MBA, is an assistant professor in the Washington University School of Medicine department of ophthalmology and visual sciences. He is also the school’s assistant residency program director and a staff ophthalmologist at the St. Louis VA Medical Center. After completing an MD/MBA dual-degree program at Ohio State University College of Medicine, he completed his ophthalmology residency at the Washington University/Barnes-Jewish Hospital/St. Louis Children’s Hospital Consortium Program, where he served as chief resident.