Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine Queen's University
 

Curriculum

 
PGY1 

Obtain experience in Medicine, Surgery and Emergency Medicine. 

Obtain experience in subspecialties that have relevance to Ophthalmology. 

Attend the Clinical and Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology at the University of Toronto. 

Responsibilities of the PGY1 resident are rotation specific and are set out by the discipline through which the resident rotates. 


PGY2 

The program for the PGY2 Resident is designed to satisfy the following CanMEDS objectives: 

1. Medical Expert: develop skills in diagnosing and managing patients with general eye problems; obtain exposure to minor surgery techniques; achieve competence in harvesting, preserving and transporting eyes for corneal transplantation 

2. Communicator: develop skills in listening effectively and discussing diagnoses and management with patients and their families 

3. Collaborator: learn to consult effectively with other physicians and health care professionals and act as a team member 

4. Manager: learn to utilize time effectively and efficiently in clinic; manage the Emergency and Walk-In Clinics 

5. Health Advocate: recognize patient issues requiring advocacy (eg. eye protection in the workplace, access to low vision services) 

6. Scholar: undertake a supervised investigation project 

7. Professional: deliver the highest quality care with integrity, honesty and compassion
 
 
 
The following will be the responsibilities of the PGY2 Resident: 

1. To obtain the history and carry out the initial examination of ophthalmological patients coming to the Emergency Department of the hospital to which they are primarily assigned. 

2. To attend clinics as detailed in the schedule of activities of the Department of Ophthalmology. 

3. To obtain the history and conduct the general physical and ophthalmological examinations on all patients admitted to the Department of Ophthalmology in the hospital to which they are primarily assigned. 

4. To write orders for investigations and management on these patients in consultation with the Senior House Staff and/or Attending Staff. 

5. To write pre-operative orders on patients the evening before surgery. 

6. To attend daily ward rounds, maintain hospital records, and follow-up on clinical laboratory and radiological test results pertaining to in-hospital ophthalmology patients under the direction of the Senior Resident. 

7. To attend ophthalmological surgery as directed by the Senior Residents. 

8. To attend the teaching activities of the Department of Ophthalmology and to carry out assignments within them as directed by the Senior Resident and by members of the Attending Staff. 


PGY3 
 
In PGY-3, Residents will spend 4 months each in pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, and oculoplastics.
 
PGY4 and PGY5 

The program for the Senior Resident is designed to satisfy the following CanMEDS objectives: 

1. Medical Expert: demonstrate maturation in clinical and surgical skills, especially with regard to intra-ocular surgery and management of ocular trauma 

2. Communicator: further develop skills in listening effectively and discussing diagnoses and management with patients and their families 

3. Collaborator: consult effectively with other physicians and health care professionals and act as a team member 

4. Manager: learn to utilize time effectively and efficiently in clinic; manage the in patient service; in collaboration with the Program Director, manage resident schedules; prepare for independent professional practice 

5. Health Advocate: recognize patient issues requiring advocacy (eg. eye protection in the workplace, access to low vision services) 

6. Scholar: undertake a supervised investigation project; recognize areas of deficiency and undertake remediation 

7. Professional: deliver the highest quality care with integrity, honesty and compassion

The following will be the responsibilities of the Senior Resident: 

1. To supervise and have penultimate responsibility for the care of patients admitted. This includes the supervision of PGY2 and PGY3 residents and the conduct of regular ward rounds. The condition of all patients should be personally reviewed at the end of each day. 

2. To be available for advice and guidance to the PGY3 Residents. 

3. To participate in the regularly scheduled Ophthalmology Clinics in the affiliated teaching hospitals as detailed in the schedule of activities of the Department of Ophthalmology. 

4. To participate in ophthalmic surgery as directed by the Chiefs of Service and other members of the Attending Staff. 

5. To collaborate with consultant staff to help to maintain up-to-date lists of patients awaiting admission to the Ophthalmology Department of the affiliated hospitals and communicate with the admitting office concerning admission dates. In sequencing elective admission of patients, account is taken of medical urgency, the chronological order of patients on the waiting lists and reserved admission dates. Any difficulties in admissions or waiting lists to be communicated quickly to the attending staff man involved and appropriate Head of the hospital department. To schedule operations in the affiliated hospitals and to assign assistants. 

6. To participate in all components of the teaching program of the Department of Ophthalmology and to carry out specific assignments arranged by the Head of the Department, Deputy Heads of Service and members of the Attending Staff (e.g., Quality Assurance Review). 

7. To dictate discharge summaries on all patients admitted to the Departments of Ophthalmology from regularly scheduled Ophthalmology Clinics and the Emergency Department within seventy-two hours after their discharge from hospital. 

8. The identified Chief Resident will prepare a call schedule. A PGY4 or PGY5 resident will be available at all times for surgical coverage of emergency cases admitted to either hospital. This resident should see and assess the care preoperatively and discuss its management and deposition with the Attending Staff on-call. 

9. To teach the basic components of the ocular exam to the PGY2 Residents during July and August of each year.