A: We pride ourselves on being one of the most competitive residency programs in the nation with a longstanding tradition of excellence and education. Our graduates have gone on to world-renowned institutions for further fellowship training and practice, fulfilling careers in academic medicine and clinical care, and positions of leadership in ophthalmology in the U.S. and around the world. In particular, we highly value the following:
- Outstanding academic achievement (including Board scores and academic GPA)
- Innovative research (including publications in both basic science and clinical research)
- Excellent letters of recommendation from faculty
- Leadership and mentoring qualities
- Being collaborative and team-spirited
- Strong work ethic
- Compassion, empathy, and the highest of ethical standards
A: We currently accept six residents per year with a total of 18 residents in the program.
A: In addition to the unparalleled clinical exposure that residents receive at the USC Roski Eye Institute, LAC + USC Medical Center, CHLA, and the VA Downtown Los Angeles Medical Center, the academic training provided is also comprehensive and highly structured. The residents receive three hours of protected time each week for formal lectures and discussion led by our attending physicians (academic half day). An additional three to four hours per week, including grand rounds, case conferences, and rounds also take place. Journal clubs and Visiting Professorships occur approximately every six weeks.
All of our attending physicians are extremely supportive and approachable. It’s no exaggeration to say that the residents, faculty, and staff really do become like family here.
– Esther Lee, MD, 2nd Year Resident
A: The USC Roski Eye Institute Ophthalmology residency surgical program exposes residents to OR rotations early on in the residency experience. Perhaps one of the most unique aspects of the surgical program is the resident-run OR at LAC + USC during senior year. This robust experience allows residents to gain confidence and develop their skills early in their training. We feel very strongly that our residents develop into outstanding, independent, and well-rounded ophthalmic surgeons. Our first-year residents begin cataract surgery training in early spring, and this continues into their second year. The program also provides wetlabs, formal instruction on suturing, anatomy, phacoemulsification fluidics, and other surgical techniques. We continue to invest in the latest software for the Eyesi surgical simulator with complete cataract and retinal surgery platforms. A bimonthly discussion is also held to review surgical planning, techniques, and complications.
A: The call schedule differs for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year residents. Our residents do not take in-house call, and always have senior resident back-up, in addition to fellows and attending coverage every day and night of the year. We are very cognizant of duty hour requirements and ensure that these important safety standards are met, for the protection of our patients and the well being of our residents.
A: We feel very strongly that our residents benefit immensely from the opportunity to participate at national and international conferences. We send the first year and second year residents to present at up two conferences per year. The senior year residents are supported to attend a third conference, regardless of whether they are presenting. In preparation for the OKAP examinations, 2nd and 3rd year residents have the option of attending a nationally-recognized review courses.
A: Residents have a total of four weeks of vacation per year, in addition to conferences and formal holidays.
A: Many of our residents have said that there is no place they would rather be. There is no question that soaking up the sun outside with your fellow residents while enjoying a cup of coffee in the middle of December is one of the biggest perks of Los Angeles living. Whether you enjoy hiking in the mountains, walking on the beach, skiing at a local resort, going out for a night on the town, or enjoying great culture and an international food scene, LA has it all!
To learn more about the opportunities available with the residency and fellowship programs at the USC Roski Eye Institute, call (323) 409-5233 or email Tyaisha.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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