The Department of Ophthalmology has directed the integrated residency program at the University of Tennessee Health Science Center since 1966, and rotations include clinical responsibilities at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Ophthalmology residency training is conducted primarily at four affiliated institutions including the Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC), Regional Medical Center at Memphis (The Med), Le Bonheur Children's Medical Center, and Methodist University Hospital. Some rotations also include clinical responsibilities at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and the University of Tennessee Medical Group clinics.
The ophthalmology residency program is fully accredited for three years of training with five residents for each year of training. Our program is designed to provide outstanding training for careers in comprehensive ophthalmology, subspecialty practice, or academic medicine. It not only instructs these trainees in the delivery of excellent medical and surgical ophthalmic care, but also provides them an opportunity for one-on-one instruction by the nationally recognized clinicians, clinician-scientists, and basic researchers on our faculty and exposes them to visiting educators. Resident evaluations of faculty are measured in June each year.
Each week, Dr. Ivan Marais and other physicians work with our residents in the Skills Transfer Center, which allows intensive training with hands-on biological materials. This lab is also home to our EyeSi surgical simulator, a virtual-reality workstation for practicing ophthalmic surgery with a scoring system to track progress over time. And a recent addition to this center is the new EyeSi indirect ophthalmoscope simulator. Grand Rounds occur on the first, second, and third Mondays of the month in the Freeman Auditorium. The event begins with board review followed by one or two resident case presentations, which include discussion among residents and faculty. The fourth Monday of the month features a morbidity conference in place of a case presentation, and on months in which a fifth Monday occurs, a basic science lecture takes the place of the case presentation.