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  • Top 11 Educational and Media Resources Every Ophthalmology Resident Should Follow

    For ophthalmology residents looking to expand their knowledge outside of the traditional classroom and gain up-to-date insights into the latest developments within the field, there are many valuable resources. The following resources provide important perspectives related to clinical education, technological innovations, industry and practice trends as well as networking and career advancement opportunities for young ophthalmologists.

    Here are the top 11 best ophthalmology video, podcast and social media channels to follow, plus a few live opportunities that will enhance your surgical knowledge.

    Experts InSight Podcast (Academy) — Hosts Jay Sridhar, MD, Amanda Redfern, MD, Ben Young, MD, and Andrew Pouw, MD, discuss practice pearls with subspecialists across ophthalmology every other Thursday. Topics range from summarizing major research studies to providing surgical and medical updates, emphasizing practical tips for improving both patient care and physician wellness.

    Ophthalmology® Journal Podcast (Academy) — The official podcast of the “blue journal” dives deep into research articles and editorials from the Academy’s journal family: Ophthalmology, Ophthalmology® Retina, Ophthalmology® Glaucoma and Ophthalmology® Science. The rotating co-hosts interview authors and editors about their groundbreaking work every other Thursday.

    Ophthalmology Quicksand Chronicles Podcast (American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery) — Hosted by Nicole Fram, MD, and Elizabeth Yeu, MD, this podcast is an honest and fun exploration of the pivotal moments that every surgeon will inevitably encounter. Guest experts delve into these “quicksand” moments and reflect on the nuances and lessons that ultimately help them evolve as surgeons.

    Straight From the Cutter’s Mouth: A Retina Podcast — Hosted by Jay Sridhar, MD, this podcast features weekly interviews with guest retina experts about the latest research and treatment advancements in the vitreoretinal field.

    Eyecelerator Meetings (Academy and ASCRS) — These live one-day events held prior to the Academy and ASCRS respective annual meetings provide insightful KOL-driven programming with the latest industry and investment trends impacting ophthalmology, including emerging company presentations. Each meeting provides valuable networking opportunities for those who are shaping the future of ophthalmology.

    Healio Podcasts — Healio is a popular online health care educational and news platform that creates several podcasts. “Eyeluminaries” hosted by John Hovanesian, MD, and Jim Mazzo explores the latest news and trends with visionaries in eye care. “Mend the Gap” is hosted by Cathleen McCabe, MD, Laura Periman, MD, Laura Enyedi, MD, and Dagny Zhu, MD, and explores disparities in health care and shares the achievements and challenges of women in ophthalmology today.

    ONE® Network 1-Minute Videos (Academy) — The Academy’s 1-Minute Video series on the Ophthalmic News and Education Network® (ONE® Network) offers short, visual tips on complex surgical techniques and is free to members.

    Cataract Coach — Created by Uday Devgan, MD, Cataract Coach features over 1,500 surgical videos demonstrating advanced techniques and surgical pearls in cataract surgery shared by ophthalmologists from all over the world. A video has been uploaded every single day since its inception!

    Ophthalmology Virtual Journal Club (Academy) — This member benefit features experts who break down a published paper’s findings and implications from Academy journals. The live-streamed webinar is held every quarter and features slides and curated feeds of questions. Participants can post their questions on the chat or via a dedicated Q&A portion toward the end of the live stream. A recording is made available on for later viewing.

    Out of the Blindspot — A podcast discussing all things neuro-ophthalmology, for help managing the blind spot in all of our patient encounters! Started by Ore-Ofe Adesina, MD, of UT Houston and McGovern Medical School.

    Sight for Sore Eyes — This podcast is also hosted by Ore-Ofe Adesina, MD, and discusses issues of diversity, equity and inclusion in the field of ophthalmology with a minority perspective.

    @aao_ophth (Twitter), aaoeye (Instagram), Academy’s Facebook page and @AAOjournal (Twitter) — Follow the Academy’s social media channels to stay up to date with member news, webinars, upcoming meetings and recently published articles.

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    Dagny C. Zhu, MDagny C. Zhu, MD, is a cornea, cataract and refractive surgeon and medical director and partner of NVISION Eye Centers in Rowland Heights, Calif. She joined the YO Info editorial board in 2023.