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Education

Neuro-ophthalmology

Curriculum

The resident will:

  • rotate 6 months on the neuro-ophthalmology service (in conjunction with neuroradiology/SRS rotation;
  • attend once-weekly clinics; and
  • be involved periodically in operating room cases.

 

Reading List/Supplemental Reading
 

  • Walsh & Hoyt’s Clinical Neuro-Ophthalmology:  The Essentials, Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Miller, et al., Second Edition
  • Wills Eye Manual, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Rhee, et al.
  • Ophthalmology Clinical Signs and Differential Diagnosis, Kanski, et al.

 

Goals and Objectives

The director of the Division of Neuro-ophthalmology serves as a mentor for outpatient and inpatient consultations and provides didactic sessions on the anatomy and physiology of the visual pathways and the interpretation of visual field examinations. Operative experiences for intraorbital/intracranial lesions are gained through a team approach with the neuro-ophthalmologists and the neurosurgeons, especially with transcilliary orbital-frontal approaches.

Competencies

Medical Knowledge – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:

  • Acquire detailed knowledge of ophthalmic anatomy.
  • Understand ophthalmic manifestations of neurologic disease.
  • Understand emergency situations in neuro-ophthalmology and how they are handled.

Patient Care and Assessment – At the end of this rotation, the resident will be able to:

  • Perform a detailed neuro-ophthalmologic exam under dilation, including sensory motor and fundus exam.
  • Recognize important physiology and pathology of the eye.
  • Gain familiarity with various ophthalmic surgical techniques and their relation to neurosurgery.

Practice-Based Learning: -  The resident will be able to:

  • Develop the ability to learn from one’s own mistakes.
  • Be given opportunities to reproduce exam skills on multiple patients.

Systems-Based Practice -  The resident will be able to:

  • Effectively utilize the resources available to make optimal healthcare decisions.

Interpersonal and Communication Skills – The resident will be able to:

  • Effectively exchange information with patients, their families and other health professionals.
  • Observe and participate in patient counseling for informed consent and various diagnosis/prognoses.

Professionalism – The resident will be able to:

  • Demonstrate consistent adherence of ethical principles and sensitivity to all patients regardless of gender, age, culture, religion, sexual preference, socioeconomic status, beliefs, behaviors or disabilities.
  • Develop a personal program of learning to foster continued professional growth and development with guidance from the teaching staff.

 

Evaluation         

At the end of this rotation, the neuro-ophthalmology faculty will complete an evaluation form based on the goals and objectives outlined above.

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