Ophthalmology Residency Training at Kellogg Eye Center

(gentle music) – So today is focused on the
residents learning how to do cataract surgery in a wet lab, in a setting where they can
practice how to do surgery. And that is so critical to our
overall education, mission, and curriculum because it’s important for the residents to
learn how to do surgery before they step into the operating room, before they have the pressure
of taking care of patients and doing surgery. – We’re learning how to do
different surgical techniques, getting used to the operating room itself. It’s just such a fun time ’cause
we have the whole residency program here, a bunch of very mature, yet very goofy (chuckles)
young men and women, just kind of learning how to
be surgeons in ophthalmology. So it’s a really fun environment, and we’re just having a blast and all learning at the same time. This prep course that we have, we have it every year on Saturday morning, and it’s absolutely
essential to our success. We have a variety of courses,
and it’s always geared to the skillsets of the residency class. So, as a first-year, a lot
of what we were working on was figuring out what the OR looked like, and how to put on gloves,
and how to gown ourselves without contaminating everything. But this year, when we
sit in front of these artificial eyes, and we’re
using the phaco machine, and we’re actually able
to have that feeling of doing real surgery, it’s
so much more meaningful. Especially when you
already have a few cases under your belt. – The residents helped to
create, we have backup on call, and they help to create the
sense that there’s no intrusion. No matter what they’re doing,
they’re able to come in. They’re able to see patients with us. They’re able to make the
situation comfortable for us. There’s no sense that
I’m bothering someone, that I’m intruding on someone’s time because they’re there to help us learn. And they make that very apparent from day one, when we start here. – Nobody ever makes you feel
like you should know something, that you’re incompetent
for not knowing something. Everybody’s always supporting you, trying to lead you to your success. And so we use these simulation eyeballs. We go from beginning to end of a phacoemulsification cataract surgery. So actually getting to do
the hands-on part of this is so, so different than
even what you can read about or watch in a video. So having a workshop like
this where you’re able to do everything on your own and get comfortable before you actually start
doing it with patients. It’s one of these symbolic
moments of transitioning from being an intern
to becoming a resident, when you’re gonna be the
one that’s actually doing these procedures with patients. (gentle music)

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