In the department of Ophthalmology, clinical
resident education is the highest priority. Our faculty members work closely
with the residents and share with them their clinical experience and knowledge.
With the heavy patient load we handle, the faculty believes that the best care
occurs when every single resident is as knowledgeable and competent as
possible. The residents are encouraged to research the literature for
additional information as part of their patient management and education. To
assist in this effort, the department maintains a library with classic and
current ophthalmic literature in the Eye Clinic. The department also supports the
residents' participation in the Home Study Course sponsored by the American
Academy of Ophthalmology.
In addition to the help from the
faculty, our residents also learn from their peers. It has been the tradition
of this program for over sixteen years that senior residents are mentors to
their junior counterparts. In certain ways, the department is like a family to
our residents and staff members. Every year the chief residents participate in
the interview and selection process of the future applicants to the program.
Formal education is conducted on
most weekday mornings. Lectures on neuro-ophthalmology, retina, cornea and
external disease, oculoplastics, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, uveitis,
immunology, ophthalmic pathology and radiology are given by our faculty
members. In addition, fluorescein angiography conference, electrophysiology
conference, hands-on pathology conference and journal club are held at weekly
or monthly intervals.
Residents are responsible for
organizing clinical and clinical pathology grand rounds each week. It has also been a tradition of the
department to send residents to the Ophthalmology Basic Science Course in San
Antonio, TX. This educational leave,
which takes place in the second year of the residency, provides our residents a
chance to review the knowledge they have gained in their first eighteen months.
It also provides an opportunity for them to be exposed to other great teachers
of ophthalmology outside our institute.
Our department seeks to provide our
resident with a diversified education. To this end, well-known scholars and
surgeons in ophthalmology are invited as visiting professors to give didactic
lectures to department members and other community ophthalmologists. On the day
of the lectures, clinical duties are curtailed to encourage department wide
Surgical training is always
emphasized in our department. At LSUHSC Shreveport, we handle one of the
largest surgical loads in the country, and residents participate in essentially
all cases. We believe that proper technical training, extensive experience, and
the residents' own dedication are factors that produce competent surgeons. Our
diverse surgical cases are certainly an intricate part of each resident's
While surgical training is primarily
performed in the operating room and on a one-to-one basis, the department
offers a series of practical training sessions before residents begin their
cataract surgery, usually at the end of their first year. A course in
oculoplastic dissection is given every two years to all the residents.