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department of ophthalmology

Residency Program


Academic Philosophy and Didactics


The keystone of our academic program is the American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Home Study Course. The first year residents are expected to read the twelve volumes over the first year and regular reviews of each book are done on a monthly basis throughout the year for all residents.


Tuesday morning conferences and specialty conferences throughout the year closely correlate with the sequence of the Home Study books. Both Temple faculty and distinguished guest lecturers from other residency programs are invited to lecture during the Tuesday morning conferences. Basic ophthalmic knowledge and new concepts are covered and correlate with the Home Study Course. Grand Rounds are held twice a month and present an opportunity for the residents, staff and visiting ophthalmologists to discuss in depth interesting clinical problems, share clinical experiences, and to bring interesting cases for discussion and problem cases for consultation. The senior resident is responsible for organizing the Grand Rounds program.  Monthly journal clubs are held on a wide variety of ophthalmolgy-related topics.


Morning lectures are held daily from 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on most subspecialty topics.  In addition, Tuesday mornings from 7 a.m. to 12 noon is dedicated lecture time. Lectures, presentations and grand rounds are held during this time.


From 7 a.m. to 8 a.m. on the first Monday of the month, an oculo-plastic conference is held by Dr. Bedrossian. Oculo-plastic surgery follows the morning conference.


Research, either basic science or clinical, is encouraged.  Presentation of research papers and posters at local, regional and national meetings is supported by the department and Graduate Medical Education Office.


The Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) is a standardized test taken annually by our residents and is mandatory.  The OKAP assesses the cognitive knowledge by a written examination. It is designed to aid in the resident's education by pointing out their academic strengths and weaknesses, areas for further study, and assessing the standings with other residents throughout the country. It should be pointed out that these results are confidential, known only to the Chairman, the Program Director, and the resident.


The Temple Ophthalmology faculty are dedicated to resident education in the clinic, the operating room, and through didactics.