The Department of Ophthalmology has an extensive didactic curriculum, which includes:
- Lecture series in basic and clinical ophthalmology, Fridays, 8 a.m. to noon (10 a.m. to noon on second and fourth Fridays)
- Grand rounds, second and fourth Fridays of each month, 8-10 a.m., followed by lecture
- Clinical conferences in various subspecialties, weekly
- Fluorescein angiography conference, twice monthly, 6-7 p.m.
- Optics lecture, monthly, 6-7 p.m.
- Neuro-ophthalmology, monthly, 6-7 p.m.
- Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, weekly, Weekly, Wednesdays, 7 a.m.
- Medical ethics conference
- Professional management symposia
The lecture series in basic and clinical ophthalmology provides a didactic and hands-on curriculum covering all major topics in ophthalmology in one-year blocks. The series includes lectures, symposia, and surgical demonstration courses. Instructors are primarily full-time faculty, but include both local and national guest lecturers.
In addition to the regularly scheduled conferences, full-time faculty members direct subspecialty clinics at Ben Taub Hospital and the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Residents also attend monthly sub-specialty journal clubs.
Various continuing education courses are sponsored annually by the department and attract speakers and registrants from the country. These courses provide lecture material and practical experience in cataract surgery, refractive surgery, contact lens technology, cornea and external diseases, glaucoma, retina, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, oculoplastic surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, and other topics.
Residents are sponsored by the department to attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology during their second or third year of residency. Residents of all levels are supported by the department to present papers at other major national meetings.
Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program
All residents participate in the annual Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program examination in April. This examination provides the trainees an opportunity to compare proficiency in basic and clinical science topics with other residents of the same level of training throughout the country. The director of the Residency Training Program serves as an advisor to the residents, guiding them in their educational process and career planning.