Our Research Requirement
Residents are required to develop, carry out and ultimately present a research project as part of their training program. Each resident is required to complete, or make significant progress, in one research project per year for presentation at the annual Department Research Symposium. While nearly all successful applicants have performed research as medical students, the emphasis and expectation is that rather than being handed a project already in the works by a faculty member, the resident will identify an area of interest and develop the hypothesis, materials, methods on his or her own with guidance and feedback from a faculty preceptor. The projects are "resident driven."
It is expected that each resident will submit at least one project for consideration at a national forum, such as ARVO, by the completion of residency. In prior years, the quality of this work has been outstanding, with many of the projects subsequently being presented at prestigious meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, ARVO, AAPOS and ASCRS. Many are published later in peer-reviewed journals.