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Program Highlights

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Academic Program

A fluorescein angiography image showing blood flow in the retina of the right eye.

Queen's Ophthalmology residents are required to attend a variety of academic activities on a regular basis.  These include:

  • Departmental Seminars in Ophthalmology

  • Grand Rounds

  • Professor's Rounds

  • Journal Club

  • Sim Lab & Wet Lab

  • Ophthalmic Pathology Teaching

  • Academic Half Days for PGY1s - residents attend on the service to which they are assigned.

  • University of Toronto Basic Science Course (for PGY1s)

There are other organized scholarly activities that are available to residents.  These include:

  • Board Review Course for PGY-5 residents

  • Basic Science Course for PGY-4 residents, at either Lancaster University or Stanford University

  • Practice Management Course for senior Ophthalmology Residents

  • External Wet Lab sessions


Educational Initiatives

The Urgent Eye Clinic was updated to allow for better point-of-care observation. Cameras have been installed within each lane to allow the attending physician to observe all patient–resident interactions occurring during the clinic. Slitlamps have also been equipped with cameras to allow remote viewing of patient exams. This allows faculty to give residents more meaningful feedback on their examination technique and findings. 

Dr Farmer observing a rust ring removal being performed by a PGY2 resident in one of the neighbouring lanes.

Due to these educational initiatives, residents can now receive feedback on a multitude of interactions, rather than only encounters where the attending is physically in the room. As a result, residents receive a higher quality and quantity of relevant clinical feedback, in alignment with CBME values. 

Surgical Education


Surgical education is a priority at Queen’s, allowing for a high volume of hands-on surgical training. Thousands of operations, covering all areas of ophthalmology, are performed in our department every year. We are extremely proud that residents are involved in virtually every procedure. Moreover, our residents have the opportunity to work one-on-one with attending surgeons over extended periods, which fosters the close relationships so vital to surgical training. As a result, our residents have tremendous opportunities to perform many procedures, and become confident in the complete range of ophthalmic surgical procedures.

A surgeon and senior resident performing a surgical procedure.

We have a fully equipped, state-of-the-art virtual reality cataract surgery simulator (the Eyesi), as well as a surgical skills simulation wetlab on-site at Hotel Dieu Hospital. In this lab, there are double-headed microscopes which project to a large colour monitor to allow for teaching of many learners at once. There is brand new equipment for every subspecialty, with instruments and a phacoemulsification machine like the ones used in the actual OR. The wetlab curriculum has been redesigned to allow learners at every stage to utilize this facility, providing opportunity to learn stage appropriate skills to facilitate the transition to surgery on real patients. This space is also equipped with a pathology microscope capable of projecting the examined specimen to the large colour monitor for real-time teaching of pathology. The opportunities in this space are endless!

Residents practicing a cataract extraction in the ophthalmology simulation lab


Courses & Conferences

At Queen’s, we believe in providing our residents with the opportunity to learn from a broad range of sources and experiences. All of our residents are provided with generous amounts of time and funding to attend an inspiring array of the world’s best courses and conferences.

These courses and conferences have included the Bay Area Course at Stanford, the Lancaster Course in Maine, the Halifax Ethics Course, the American Academy of Ophthalmology, ARVO, the Sally Letson Symposium, and the Canadian Ophthalmological Society (COS) Conference, to name a few.

Visiting professor Dr Tien Wong presenting at the department's annual symposium

Electives & Outreach

Developing a broad view of the world of ophthalmology is an important component of residency training. To that end, our program has been open to innovative opportunities for learning.


Dr Brissette on an Orbis mission

Electives: Our residents have the opportunity to organize elective blocks at other institutions. These are an opportunity to expand horizons or to investigate future fellowship locations.

Outreach: Residents are provided local opportunities to travel to Northern Ontario to deliver eye care to underserved communities on the CNIB Mobile Eye Van. There are also dedicated funds for each resident to pursue international elective experiences. Past residents have organized international electives with groups like Orbis. Others have created individualized international opportunities of their own. The sky’s the limit!