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Opthalmology Residency

The Ophthalmology Residency at Interfaith Medical Center is an ACGME accredited program administered along with St. John's Episcopal Hospital in Far Rockaway, New York which is the sponsoring hospital

The goal of the program is to train physicians to become proficient in diagnosing and treating patients with ophthalmic pathology, both medically and surgically. The residency is 36 months in duration and will provide the resident with the didactic and clinical training required to become a competent and compassionate ophthalmologist. Most residents enroll in Fellowships in various ophthalmic subspecialties upon completion of the program. Prospective residents must be graduates of an accredited School of Medicine or Osteopathic Medicine and have successfully completed their PGY1 year before starting the residency.

Residents will rotate through St. John's Episcopal Hospital and the Hospitals of One Brooklyn Health System (Interfaith Medical Center, Kingsbrook Jewish Medical Center & Brookdale University Hospital Medical Center) and will attend to patients in the outpatient clinics, operating rooms, ER as well as inpatient care and consultations. There are also out of hospital rotations that the residents participate in. The residents will be expected to assume increasing responsibilities in ophthalmic care as they progress through the program.

Residents will be expected to complete the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Basic and Clinical Science Course. In addition, residents are required to take the annual OKAP in-service exam in each year of their training. Didactics will be given both by the residents and faculty. The residents also attend weekly Grand Rounds held at St. John’s Episcopal Hospital and at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center. All residents must participate in scholarly activity during their training and are also required to attend the one month Ophthalmology Basic Science Course given at Columbia University in January during their second year of training. Residents are encouraged to attend the many Ophthalmology symposia that are given in the New York metropolitan area. Finally, in addition to the didactics provided by the program, intensive studying is expected of each resident in order to successfully attain the knowledge proficiency that is expected upon completion of the program. The faculty is dedicated to ensuring that the educational goals of the program are achieved.

Upon completion of the residency program, the physician will be qualified to take the Board Certification exams in Ophthalmology administered by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology and the American Board of Ophthalmology.

For any questions regarding the program call 718.869.7815

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