A New Dimension for Residency
- Created on October 10, 2013
Starting with the current class of first-year residents, two residency paths are available—the traditional clinical path and the more research-intensive academic path. Both paths provide training in research methodology, but residents who choose the academic path will have protected research time during their second year, allowing them complete an 18-month research project.
“Our current residency program has a strong reputation for clinical and surgical training, and although residents have been active in research, exposure to the department’s world-class researchers has been limited,” said department chair Christopher A. Girkin, M.D., M.S.P.H. “We are expanding our research capabilities and want the residency program to parallel this growth, so we are providing opportunities for more substantial research involvement.”
Residents on both paths will be paired with a faculty mentor who shares a similar research interest through a research fair on November 8. At the fair faculty members will present a quick summary of their research interests and the potential projects available. Residents will then have time to ask questions and speak with faculty members individually.
In their first year, residents on both tracks will complete a one-year project focusing on background, current state of knowledge, and a clinically relevant research component. Projects will be presented as a poster at the department’s annual clinical and research symposium, which is held in the spring.
In their second year, academic-path residents will begin an 18-month research project. This will provide more intensive research experience than previously possible for the department’s residents. In order to complete their projects, academic-path residents will have time in their second year dedicated to data collection. Projects will culminate with the residents presenting their findings at the department’s symposium during their third year.
In their second and third years, clinical-path residents will continue to complete one-year projects and present them via poster at the department’s symposium.
“Our goal is to enhance our residents’ exposure to research methodology so that, regardless of their eventual career path, they will be able to critically assess the biomedical literature that will guide them in their practice of ophthalmology as knowledge changes and expands,” said Russell W. Read, M.D., Ph.D., residency program director.