Conference and Didactics
The American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Sciences Series (BCSC) texts serve as the foundational clinical curriculum for the residency. Additional content includes topics in socioeconomics, interpersonal communication, professionalism, ethics, safety and quality improvement, medicolegal issues, wellness, systems-based practice, information resources, research methodology, billing and coding, advocacy, international ophthalmology, employment contracting and private practice, among others.
Material is reviewed in a variety of formats, including case conferences, lectures, small group discussions, online modules, video reviews, wet labs and simulations. Not all material is presented by the ophthalmology faculty; several visiting speakers, both from within the Dartmouth community and from other institutions, present throughout the year. Moreover, residents themselves will be frequent presenters at conferences.
This is the core resident teaching conference, scheduled for most Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday mornings. The full didactic curriculum is presented over 18 months; the core content will be reviewed twice over the three-year residency. All faculty and some visiting experts share in presenting the curriculum at morning conference, depending on topic. Residents are occasionally the lead presenters.
Practice-Based Learning / Quality Improvement Conference
This is run by Dr. Nikhil Batra, and meets in the mornings twice a month. This is primarily a case presentation conference, featuring unexpected outcomes, problematic care and system errors, as well as a forum to discuss process improvement methodologies and to work on quality improvement projects.
This dinner conference is held in the evenings once a month, with participation of the regional ophthalmology/optometry community. The full faculty usually attends. Faculty, residents and occasional visiting speakers present. These are typically longer-format presentations, enlivened with questions and group discussion.
This is designed as a more social, less formal meeting, held approximately every two months over supper in faculty homes or at local restaurants. The full faculty usually attends. Journal articles will be assigned before the meeting for residents to present, followed by group discussion.
In June, residents completing their first year will attend two weeks of the Lancaster Course at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. The course presents a formal review of optics, anatomy, and ophthalmic pathology.
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Cataract course
In spring, PGY-3 residents will attend this weekend course at Massachusetts Eye and Ear, joining other residents from New England in a proctored wet-lab and simulation experience designed to advance their cataract surgical skills.
All residents at DHMC receive formal “Yellowbelt” training in Lean Six Sigma process improvement methodologies. Ophthalmology residents are provided time and mentorship to assist them in completing and implementing at least one Quality Improvement project designed to improve clinical care.