Ophthalmology Education

Physicians who train to be ophthalmologists must be trained at an accredited training program.  The training is known as a residency that involves three years of training experience.  A standardized examination after each year is administered to residents of the program.  The standardized written examination is known as the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assesement Program (OKAP) and permits residents to compare their performance with their peers.  The first year of residency is spent in general ophthalmology clinics and performing a variety of ophthalmic procedures with supervising senior residents or faculty.  The second year is spent rotating through various speciality clinics such as retina, pediatric ophthalmology, cornea, and neuro-ophthalmology.  The third year is devoted to surgery and teaching junior residents.

Case in Point

Dr. Reynard was retained as an expert to evaluate the case of an ophthalmology resident threatened with dismissal at an accredited institution in the United States.

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