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department of ophthalmology

Residency Program


Affiliated Hospitals and Summary of Rotations



Temple University Hospital


Temple University HospitalIn 1988, Temple University Hospital opened its new $129 million facility. Temple University has a nationally respected Health Sciences Center which also includes the Schools of Medicine, Dentistry, Pharmacy and the College of Health Professions.


More than 15,000 inpatients and 150,000 outpatients are treated every year through 27 excellent hospital departments and interdisciplinary programs. The Ophthalmology Department, located in the hospital complex, is fully equipped and includes surgical, diagnostic, laser, ocular pathology and photography suites.


The Temple University Ophthalmology experience is a varied and closely supervised rotation. Three senior residents and two first year residents are appointed to Temple University Hospital. Clinical pathological conferences on interesting cases are presented by the first year residents. There are general clinics four days a week for the residents. One day a week is designated for administrative time, and for shadowin attendings in their sub-specialty office hours. The third year resident spends most days in the operating room; and the other residents approximately one day a week in the operating room. First year residents may be surgeons on appropriate cases as their skills advance. The specialty clinics are run by the senior residents with the first year residents attending. There is a glaucoma clinic and LASIK clinic conducted by Dr. Chaudhry once a week. Two times a month, there is an oculo-plastics clinic with Dr. Ned Bedrossian and Dr. David Larned. The senior resident is responsible for all clinic surgery, laser procedures, supervising in-patient consults, and teaching the first year residents.


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Christiana Care Health System


Christiana HospitalChristiana Care Health System is comprised of the Wilmington Hospital and Christiana Hospital. The Wilmington Hospital is a 40-minute commute from Philadelphia.


Residents spend most of their time at the Wilmington Hospital. This rotation provides residents an opportunity to mature their clinical and surgical skills. The clinic is run by the senior Temple resident. One of the 23 ophthalmologists from the Wilmington Hospital staff direct staff coverage for the clinic. The facility is very well equipped and staffed with excellent ancillary personnel. There are three exam rooms, a minor operating room, Argon, Krypton, and Nd Yag Lasers, computerized perimetry, ultrasound machines and angiography equipment in the clinic. A receptionist and two ophthalmic nurses assist the resident during clinic and also with surgical scheduling. Generally, half of each day is spent in the operating room and half in the clinic.


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Veterans Hospital Administration Medical Center, Wilmington, DE


Wilmington VA Medical CenterThe Wilmington VA Medical Center provides care to veterans from Delaware, New Jersey, Maryland and Pennsylvania.  It consists of 60 in-patient and 60 nursing home beds and provides approximately 185,000 out-patient visits in primary care, surgical and various subspecialty clinics.


The eye department at the VA hospital boasts state-of-the-art equipment.  Each exam room features Haag Streit slit lamps with teaching scopes, Marco acuity projection system with remote controls, Keeler indirect ophthalmoscopes and various diagnostic and treatment lenses.  The Ophthalmic Imaging System (OIS) is integrated into the electronic medical record allowing for viewing of the results from the GDx VCC, HRT 3, Stratus OCT, Humphrey visual field, digital fondus/fluorescein and slit lamp cameras in all of the exam rooms.  The PASCAL, Ellex Ultra Q YAG and Lumenis SLT lasers, all with teaching viewing scopes, are housed in a suite adjacent to the clinic.  Cataract surgery is performed using the Alcon Infinity Phacoemulsification machine, a top of the line Leica microscope and can be recorded with the Zeiss MediLife digital recording system allowing for review of your surgical technique as you progress.  The IOL Master and I-3 Immersion A-scan/B-scan ultrasound machine are utilized in the pre-operative evaluation.


A second year and a third year resident spend 4-month rotations at the VA where they see patients in the daily general and monthly retina and oculopastics clinics, perform lasers and operate 2-3 days a week.  A certified ophthalmic medical technician (COMT) assists with patient care and supervising attendings have subspecialty training in glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics.


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