Residency Program Trains Tomorrow’s Leaders in Ophthalmology
The didactic and clinical program for residents in ophthalmology integrates the faculty and facilities of its home institution,University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center, with the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. Coordinated with this program is an active and diversified research program in which residents participate.
Clinical training reflects a progressive increase in medical and surgical ophthalmic knowledge and skills over three years. Strong didactics and diverse clinical experiences in our hospitals ensures that each resident is well qualified to either enter practice following completion of the residency or pursue a fellowship. Other goals and objectives for our residents include:
- Develop, in each resident, patient care that is compassionate, appropriate and effective for the treatment of health problems
- Demonstrate knowledge about the established and evolving biomedical clinical and cognate sciences and the application of that knowledge to patient care
- Ensuring that each resident is able to investigate and evaluate patient care practices, appraise and assimilate scientific evidence, and improve their patient care practices
- Develop interpersonal and communication skills that result in effective information exchange and teaming with patients, their families and professional associates
- Demonstrate a commitment to carrying out professional responsibilities, adherence to ethical principles, and sensitivity to a diverse patient population
- Demonstrate an awareness and responsiveness to the context of the overall health care system and be able to call on system resources to provide care that is of optimal value
Louis Stokes Veterans Affairs Medical Center Eye Clinic
University Hospitals Eye Institute residents also participate at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, which is located just across the Case Western Reserve University Campus from University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center. Residents are now enjoying the benefits of training at the new state-of-the-art Eye Clinic at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. The clinic boasts more than 8,000 square feet of space devoted to patient care and research and is equipped with latest in diagnostic technologies including IOL Master, Pentacam, Zeiss and Heidelberg OCT machines, funds photography, and fluorescein angiography. The clinic also has a minor procedure room for office based surgery, along with a dedicated laser room that features anterior and posterior segment lasers. The VA is also home to the EyeSi surgical simulator where residents have dedicated time to practice surgical skills. The recently opened Ambulatory Surgery Center is a great addition to the VA and residency program. This allows for even more surgeries to be performed by the residents in an outpatient setting.
In July 2014, the Cleveland VA opened an impressive 10,000 square foot outpatient ambulatory surgery center to accommodate the growing demand for ophthalmologic surgeries.
The facilities have allowed for the expansion to three VA resident teams, which increases the number of patients seen every day, in addition to surgical volume for residents.