Didactic Curriculum and Research
Lectures and Conferences
The Department of Ophthalmology has an extensive didactic curriculum, which includes:
Lecture Series in Basic and Clinical Ophthalmology, 1st and 3rd Fridays of each month from 8 a.m. to noon
Grand Rounds, 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month from 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. followed by lecture
Clinical Conferences in various subspecialties, weekly
Fluorescein Angiography Conference, twice monthly from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Optics Lecture, once monthly from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Neuro-ophthalmology, once monthly from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, 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 General 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 throughout 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.
Research and Other Activities
The faculty and facilities of the Roy and Lillie Cullen Eye Institute provide a variety of opportunities in vision research. Grant support is derived from the National Eye Institute, Research to Prevent Blindness, Retina Research Foundation, Sid W. Richardson Foundation, Farish Fund, The Hamill Foundation, the Lions Eye Bank, Foundation Fighting Blindness, and a number of other private sources and foundations. Residents and fellows are expected to conduct research in areas of interest as a basis for subspecialty or academic careers in ophthalmology. Research projects are mentored by full-time faculty. Results are presented annually at Residents’ Day in June, as well as national meetings.
All members of the residency staff are expected to know and abide by the policies and regulations of Baylor College of Medicine and the respective integrated and affiliated institutions. Appraisal of individual performance is maintained through regular periodic evaluation by faculty members, fellow residents, and the departmental promotions committee to determine reappointment and graduation. Matters of judgment, responsibility, proficiency in medical and surgical management, regular attendance at lectures and teaching conferences, and medical ethics are among the parameters used to appraise trainees at each level. All residents participate in the annual Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program examination in April. This examination provides the trainee with the 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.