The residents at the Veteran's Hospital see 12,000 patients per year with a variety of ophthalmic problems. About half the clinics are for general ophthalmology and half are sub-specialized, with specific clinics in the fields of retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics and cornea/external disease. The general ophthalmology clinics are typically staffed by invited private ophthalmologists on the clinical faculty while the sub-specialty clinics are staffed by both the USF full time faculty and private practitioners. Surgery is performed three days of the week.
At Tampa General Hospital residents see 8,000 patients per year conducting three half-days of outpatient clinic. Residents also operate generally one-half day per week. All residents take emergency room call at Tampa General Hospital and see an ample amount of ocular trauma.
All Children's Hospital is a tertiary care pediatric facility. Surgery is scheduled three half days per week. There is a resident pediatric ophthalmology clinic at the USF Eye Institute.
Resident exposure to surgery increases during each year of the program. PGY-2 begin with extraocular procedures. After demonstration in a level of competency, they progress to perform certain intraocular procedures near the end of the first year. In the second year (PGY-3) the exposure to surgery increases. Each second year resident does about 15 to 30 cataracts. In the third year a large number of surgeries of all types are performed. By the end of the program each resident generally has performed between 150 to 200 surgical procedures.
A pathology rotation is integrated into the three year program. Exposure to fluorescein angiography, electro-physiology, and ultrasonography is incorporated into sub-specialty rotations.
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