All incoming residents are given an orientation course in July and August to provide them with a foundation and background in the principles of ophthalmology, ophthalmic examination and diagnosis. During the first 10 days of July, time is spent on examination techniques with most of the emphasis on a practical refraction course. After this introduction, the residents begin in the clinic in the middle of July. Throughout July and August, lectures are scheduled by each sub-specialty specifically for the first year residents. The didactic portion of the teaching program for all residents begins in September of each year and continues through June. It consists of sub-specialty service conferences, basic science lectures, departmental rounds, and hospital section meetings for a total of approximately 156 hours a year. Grand Rounds are provided once a month with visiting professors in many different sub-specialties.
Each resident is expected to conduct independent outside reading throughout the residency program. The department purchases the Academy's Basic and Clinical Science Series for each resident. A reading list of other recommended books to purchase is given to the residents when they start the program. Residents are required to initiate and complete a hypothesis-driven research project during their three years of training. This project will be supervised by a faculty member and the results presented at grand round meetings during their second and third years.