How big is the residency program?
There are two in each class, for a total of six residents.
What subspecialties are represented at KEI?
We have full time, fellowship trained faculty in the following subspecialties:
- Cornea and Refractive Surgery, Glaucoma, Vitreoretinal surgery, Uveitis, Pediatrics, Neuro ophthalmology, Oculoplastics, Ocular Pathology. We also have a full time optometrist and Low Vision specialist.
Are all rotations on site?
The majority of clinical rotations are in the Morton Mower, M.D., Medical Office Building where the Krieger Eye Institute is located.
Less than 10 percent of your time is spent in off-site locations that include our outpatient satellite office at Quarry Lake, Northwest Hospital, Levindale Hebrew Geriatric Center and Hospital, Healthcare for the Homeless and the Maryland Society for Vision Van.
What is the typical day of a resident like?
Each weekday will begin with a lecture or grand rounds on site at Sinai Hospital, with a few exceptions, beginning at 8:00am. The resident will then proceed to their assigned location for the day, which varies between the Resident Clinic, attending subspecialty clinic or the operating room.
What is the Resident Clinic?
The Sinai resident clinic is staffed daily by one resident of each year. The resident will have a schedule of patients, with an appropriate volume for their year of training. The patients in the resident clinic will continue to make follow up appointments with the same resident, allowing our residents to have a continuity of care with their patients. The majority of resident surgical volume (both laser and incisional) come from patients in the resident clinic. The clinic will be staffed by an attending physician each day, and subspecialists are available as needed for complicated cases. Residents spend approximately half their clinical time in the resident clinic.
What is the cataract surgical experience?
Residents begin performing steps of cataract surgery early in second year and are able to schedule their own cataract surgeries in the second half of the year. The majority of cataract surgery volume occurs during third year of residency. Current cataract volume exceeds 120 cases per resident. Each case is performed with the supervision of a fellowship-trained cataract attending.
Do most residents participate in fellowships?
While many have chosen to enter fellowship training to further specialize, we are proud of the fact that many of our residents are confident in their training and eager to enter a comprehensive ophthalmology practice directly from residency. Approximately 50 percent seek fellowship training. Our residents have gone on to do fellowships in Cornea, Glaucoma, Retina, Oculoplastics and Uveitis.
What is the call schedule?
There is no overnight in-house call. Primary call is split evenly between the four first and second residents. Third-year residents provide back-up call, with the appropriate level of supervision. In addition, an attending takes call each night.
What is a typically night on call like?
Typically, the on-call resident will be paged several times when on call, sometimes from patients within the practice and sometimes from the emergency room. Emergencies requiring the first on-call resident to come into the hospital occur approximately once every other night during the weeknights. On the weekends, there will often be multiple visits to the emergency room to see patients. Sinai Hospital is the only emergency room that our residents cover. Portable slit lamps are available, as well as all tools necessary to perform an eye exam. Occasionally, emergency surgeries or laser procedures will be performed on the weekend, which the on- call resident will be able to take part in.
What is the research requirement?
Residents are expected to participate in a yearly research project of the quality necessary to present at a national meeting, such as ARVO. The majority of our residents present at ARVO at least once during residency. Presentation at such meetings is encouraged and travel is paid by Sinai Hospital for accepted presentations on which the resident is first author. A hospital wide Quality Improvement competition is held annually, with a cash prize for the winning project. In addition, a case presentation at the annual Krieger Eye Symposium is required.
What are the research facilities?
Clinical projects are performed in the department. The Department of Microbiology offers research space for resident projects and Sinai Hospital has its own animal research facility. There are also research projects done in conjuncture with other universities located in Baltimore.
Do residents get to attend national meetings?
First year: C.O.R.E course (various locations), Maryland Society for Eye Physicians and Surgeons annual meeting (Baltimore)
Second year: Wills Eye Pediatric Course (Philadelphia), AAO midyear forum (Washington DC), Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary cataract course (Boston), Maryland Society for Eye Physicians and Surgeons annual meeting (Baltimore)
Third year: AAO Annual meeting, Maryland Society for Eye Physicians and Surgeons annual meeting (Baltimore)
Presentation at these meetings is not necessary. Sinai Hospital pays for registration and travel expenses.
Is there an opportunity for international rotations?
Residents may perform an optional four-week elective at the Arvind Eye Hospital in India during the latter part their third year. This is a rotation designed to teach extracapsular and small incision cataract surgery and to study the success of surgical models in other countries. Sinai Hospital covers the majority of the travel expense associated with this rotation.
Residents may also participate in a one week trip to Haiti to perform oculoplastics and phacoemulsification procedures as part of a medical mission trip.
Is there an opportunity for community service?
Our third year residents currently spend one day a month at Helping up Mission and one day a month at the Healthcare for the Homeless facility. Second year residents spend one day a month at the Maryland Society for Sight Vision Van. There are also multiple opportunities to participate in community wide health fairs and vision screenings, such as the American Legion and local religious institutions.