One of the program’s many strengths is the high volume of didactic teaching sessions delivered by staff ophthalmologists. Structured academic half-day sessions every Friday morning ensure all ophthalmic subspecialty topics from the American Academy of Ophthalmology Manuals are covered in their entirety twice during one's residency. In addition, there are morning Professor Rounds multiple times per week and Grand Rounds every Wednesday.
The topics covered during the core curriculum sessions include the following:
- Neuro Ophthalmology
- Step Wise Approach to Research
- Optics & Refraction
Morning Professor Rounds:
Professor Rounds are early morning, one-hour teaching sessions for the residents, given by our teaching faculty. These sessions are held twice per week on average. At least one session per month is a program admin session where the Program Director meets with all the residents to discuss relevant topics.
The Department of Ophthalmology has weekly Grand Rounds every Wednesday from 7:30am to 8:30am. The Grand Rounds are held at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, Critical Care Wing, 5th floor, Room #W5225. They can also be viewed live or reviewed through the archived Grand Rounds sessions online.
Dr. James Farmer, an experienced ocular pathologist at The Ottawa Hospital, who also holds clinical privileges at Queen’s University in Kingston, provides an extensive pathology review for uOttawa residents to assist with OKAP and mock oral examination preparation.
The Department of Ophthalmology offers Journal Club sessions seven times per year. All faculty, residents and fellows are invited to attend these sessions. The sessions are held on a weeknight at the Ottawa Hospital, General Campus, Critical Care Wing, 5th floor, Room #W5225. Light refreshments are available. Twice per year, the Journal Club sessions are held at a local convention centre along with a formal dinner.
Fluorescein Angiography (FA) Rounds:
Retina rounds are held once per month by our retina teaching faculty.
Cornea Journal Club:
Precision Cornea Centre hosts international educational rounds on Cornea, Anterior Segment, Cataract, and Refractive Surgery. Though this center is outside of our main teaching hospitals, residents can attend these sessions.
OKAP Review Series:
The Department of Ophthalmology holds OKAP preparation teaching sessions for the residents, given by teaching faculty in February and March each year.
Junior training years (PGY2/3) focus on developing surgical skills in pediatric strabismus surgery (CHEO), as well as oculoplastics and orbital surgical cases. Senior training years (PGY4/5) focus on mastering intraocular surgery, including cataract and complex anterior segment surgery.
Overall, residents have the opportunity to operate with 52 different attending staff, which allows exposure to different surgical styles and techniques. Resident surgical training is divided primarily into two separate sites: the Eye Institute and the Riverside Eye Care Centre. As a tertiary-care center, the Eye Institute exposes residents to more complex surgical cases and procedures than the Riverside Eye Care Centre (RECC). The RECC, in turn, is one of the
highest volume outpatient eye surgical facilities in Canada, performing approximately 9,000 cataract operations and 2,000 retina, glaucoma, oculoplastic, and trauma operations annually.