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Residency Coordinator

Dr. Brian Gilger
Phone: 919.513.1273
Email: brian_gilger@ncsu.edu

Ophthalmology Residency

Objectives

The primary objectives of this program are to prepare the resident for the successful completion of all steps of the certification process leading to diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists after 3 years. The program is designed to train veterinary ophthalmologists interested in pursuit of academic achievement and contribution, whether in an academic or private institution. This program is designed to expose the resident to the fundamentals of academic veterinary ophthalmology, including a balance of teaching, service, and clinical and basic research.

Program Coordinators

Program Design

The 3-year program is designed to provide in-depth training in the medical and surgical aspects of clinical veterinary ophthalmology.  Approximately 2 years of the residency involve clinical training in the Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Non-clinical time is allotted for literature review, basic science training, manuscript preparation, and board exam..

The training can be structured to involve a postdoctoral research position in a research laboratory in the College of Veterinary Medicine, with one of several research mentors.  Depending on the resident's background, they may be required to take a graduate level biotechnology course, statistics course, and an electron microscopy course. 

The research experience and graduate courses inherent to the postdoctoral position may be applied to the pursuit of a PhD at the resident's option.  In this case the resident must apply and be admitted to the graduate school during the postdoctoral program.  Areas of concentration presently available in the graduate program are microbiology/immunology, pathology, pharmacology, morphology, cell biology, epidemiology, and population medicine.

Resident Selection

Resident selection is handled through, and in complete accordance with, ACVO Residency Guidelines. 

To apply, please visit: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/28173

Objectives of the Residency Program

A. To provide the house officer with a concentrated, comprehensive experience in comparative ophthalmology in an academic environment

B.  To provide the house officer with considerable exposure to diverse cases and clinicians

C.  To prepare the resident for the successful completion of all steps of the certification process leading to diplomate status in the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists after 3 years.

D.  The program is designed to train veterinary ophthalmologists interested in an academic career and is designed to expose the resident to the fundamentals of academic veterinary ophthalmology, including a balance of teaching, service work, and research.  

General Expectations of the Resident in Ophthalmology

Clinical Training

Clinic Schedule

Emergency Duty Rotation Schedule

Additional Residency Requirements

Research Training

Extracurricular training

Off Clinic Duty Responsibilities

Ophthalmology Rounds

Description of Rounds

Responsibility of Scheduled Person

Journal 1

(Once a month)

Review of ophthalmology-related articles in veterinary journals

• Review the previous month's veterinary journals and retrieve all ophthalmology related articles

• Mark off which journals were reviewed in the journal club folder

• Place 1 copy of the articles in the ophthalmology cubicle at least 1 week prior to the scheduled journal club

• Send out a reminder email of the journal club at least 1 week prior to the schedule meeting date.

(Residents, graduate students, regular visitors to be assigned)

Journal 2

(Once a month)

Review of veterinary-related, or current research interests- articles in research and human ophthalmology journals

• Review the previous month's research and human journals and retrieve all veterinary or reseach-interest related articles

• Place 1 copy of the articles in the ophthalmology cubicle least 1 week prior to the scheduled journal club

• Send out a reminder email of the journal club at least 1 week prior to the schedule meeting date.

(Faculty members, researchers to be assigned)

Pathology

(Once a month)

Review of the previous month's histopathology slides and/or selected histopathology cases/slides with the pathology faculty

• Pick up saved slides from the histopathology lab

• Create work sheet with case number, signalment of animals with path slides

• Send out a reminder email to ophthalmologists and pathologists of the path rounds at least 1 week prior to the schedule meeting date.

• Review all slides (everyone)

(Residents, faculty members be assigned)

Section meeting

(Once a month)

General business meeting of the ophthalmology section with the clinical technicians.

No specific assignments – all members of the ophthalmology section are to attend this meeting (Residents, faculty, clinical technicians) regardless of being on or off clinics. This meeting is to review schedules, discuss issues and problems, and to bring up new ideas.

Grand Rounds (Once a month)

• To review manuscripts, clinical studies, research

• Review difficult cases, or case series

• Write up and present case or study– signalment, history, differential diagnosis, result, discussion etc (provide handouts to group, or PPT presentation.

• Show existing photos, histopath etc

• Discuss “holes” and needed additions or subtractions

( Residents to present – all invited)

Slide Rounds (Once a month)

Review images and questions to prepare for ACVO examination

1. Faculty will send out images and questions a week prior to the practice exam

2. Residents to review the slides and answer the questions prior to rounds

Review Session (0nce a quarter – Thursday morning prior to VERC)

Individual oral examination of resident on subject dictated by study schedule

Residents should have reviewed literature as described in study schedule. Faculty will ask questions (detail and difficulty as resident would expect on the ACVO examination) on the selected subject.

( Residents only )

Resident Review (Every 6 months)

Individual formal resident review

Review of resident over the past 6 months. Fill out review sheet

(Residents and Faculty)