During the first year of residency, five months are spent at Parkland Memorial Hospital; three months at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center; one month at Children’s Medical Center; and three months at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth.
First-year residents assist on cataract and other intraocular surgery, as well as perform plastic surgery, enucleations, strabismus surgery, trauma, and other minor surgery as primary surgeon.
Second-year residents spend time at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and John Peter Smith Hospital. The residents’ surgical experiences broaden considerably and they perform an increasing amount of cataract surgery (approximately 30 cataract extractions and implants as primary surgeon), and retinal surgery. Residents learn to perform phacoemulsificaton on their cataract cases at the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center and John Peter Smith Hospital as primary surgeon. The second year emphasizes subspecialty experiences with rotations in neuro-ophthalmology and orbital disease; cornea and external disease; retina; and plastics with the full-time faculty.
Senior residents spend their final resident year on glaucoma, retina, and surgical rotations at Parkland Memorial Hospital, the Dallas Veterans Affairs Medical Center, the Children’s Medical Center Dallas, and John Peter Smith Hospital. The surgery is more advanced, including difficult ocular trauma, refractive surgery, trabeculectomies, retinal procedures, phacoemulsifications and extracapsular cataract and intraocular lens implant surgery. Each resident rotates through Parkland as the Chief Surgical Resident.