Lectures and conferences at the Duke residency program supplement the clinical experience gained on rotations. The program participates in the annual Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP). Didactic lectures including chief resident rounds and subspecialty lecture series provide a strong knowledge base reinforced by resident self-study. All major written and electronic study resources are available to residents. Preparation for the OKAP exam has a broader goal of ensuring that residents pass the written and oral examinations required by the American Board of Ophthalmology.
In addition to the conferences below, all incoming residents are given a full set of the American Academy of Ophthalmology's (AAO) basic and clinical science course books and the Wills Eye Manual. There is also a full ophthalmic resident library with current journals, ophthalmic texts, computers, as well as access to all major reference ophthalmic texts. The nearby Duke Medical Center library has additional written and electronic resources. Trainees attend weekly morning conferences geared toward resident education. Conferences are held on retinal imaging, glaucoma, cornea, pediatrics, plastics, neuro-ophthalmology and pathology. In addition, there is protected lecture time on Fridays that encompasses a full spectrum of current ophthalmology practice.
Bryan Lecture Series
Leaders in the field of ophthalmology from around the world are invited to present lectures on the latest in ophthalmologic care and research. Often the lecturers will enjoy lunch with the residents and give a resident specific lecture prior to addressing the Duke Eye Center community for the keynote lecture.
Chairman's Science of Disease
This lecture series addresses the new “team approach” to medicine and takes advantage of the many strong departments outside of ophthalmology here at Duke. A Duke Eye Center faculty member, in conjunction with a faculty member from another Duke department, speaks on a clinical topic paired together with a related basic science topic. Past lectures have included the glaucoma gene, sustained drug delivery for ocular diseases, corneal wound healing, and optic nerve gliomas. These collaborations typify the vast opportunities offered to Duke residents to work on ground-breaking research in conjunction with engineers, basic scientists, chemists, pharmacists and others.
Residents present articles at informal monthly meetings hosted by faculty members. Dinner is followed by discussion on the selected topic.
The first-year residents share recent cases of pathologic interest at the Eye Center. These interactive conferences, moderated by Thomas Cummings, MD, a world-renowned ophthalmic pathologist, focus on the use of clinical, radiologic, and pathologic findings in the diagnosis and management of ophthalmic disease.
The continuing medical education department organizes two to six symposia each year for the local and national ophthalmology community. Duke residents attend all free of charge. These include an annual Glaucoma Symposium, a biannual Advanced Vitreous Surgery Symposium, the Controversies in Cornea and Cataract Symposium and the Ocular Imaging Symposium.
Each year the residents and faculty of the Duke, UNC, and Wake Forest Retina and Glaucoma departments gather to discuss cases and exchange ideas on a variety of topics in the subspecialties of Retina and Glaucoma. These conferences are a great opportunity to meet local trainees and gain perspective on the local ophthalmology scene.
Each year, a variety of special conferences are held for the residents. Recent topics have covered the business of medicine, launching a career and international ophthalmology opportunities.