Education & Training

Education is an extremely important priority of the Department of Ophthalmology. We are committed to offering the most in-depth information to the broadest possible range of students. In addition to our residency program for physicians specializing in ophthalmology, we offer elective rotations for medical students at Weill Cornell Medical College and other medical schools around the nation and the world. We have outstanding and coveted fellowship programs in Cornea and Vitreoretinal Diseases, and are preparing to expand this list of fellowship offerings. For community and regional physicians, we provide continuing medical education (CME) with weekly grand rounds; these rounds feature a wide variety of topics and speakers, ranging from our own departmental faculty to internationally-recognized invited guests. We have four named lectureships throughout the academic year (the John M. McLean Medal Lecture, the Lincoff Lecture, the Coleman Lecture, and the Ellsworth Lecture) in honor of luminaries from the department. We also are preparing our first two specialty focused courses on corneal and vitreoretinal themes; these will be one-day intensive courses with departmental and invited faculty.

Research training is critical to future progress in every aspect of eye and vision disorders, and the department offers training in bench-side basic research in the Margaret M. Dyson Vision Research Institute, as well as supervised clinical research experiences within the Clinical Trials Unit of Weill Cornell Eye Associates evaluating patients who chose to be enrolled in ongoing studies of new advances for diagnosis and treatment of ophthalmologic diseases.

The Department of Ophthalmology also realizes the importance of education for non-physicians regarding eye diseases and their diagnosis and management. We have an extensive in-house training for ophthalmic technicians who become highly skilled and assist in the examination of patients.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, the Department of Ophthalmology is committed to educating the public regarding eye health, eye diseases, and advances in their management. We participate in programs at the medical college including the Spring Seminars for Patients and their Families, and periodic public information lectures such as the Patient Update on Laser Vision Correction. We also work in conjunction with the Patient Resource Center located on the second floor of the Weill Greenberg Center to maintain current informational materials on common eye disorders. This web site also features eye topics of general interest in addition to new information and discoveries made by the physicians and scientists within the department.

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