Our motto - "Educating tomorrow's generation ~ Caring for today's" - is more than a catchy phrase: it genuinely reflects our motivation to build up the number and caliber of new ophthalmologists to care for the vision needs of all, especially the growing elderly population. To accomplish this, at KU Eye, we offer a top-notch education in an environment of encouragement and friendliness. Not just skilled teachers, our faculty truly enjoys working with and mentoring our future ophthalmologists. We welcome like-minded applicants to join our close-knit, value-driven and dedicated KU Eye Team.
Our core value is providing our patients the highest quality eye care within a compassionate atmosphere. We benefit from a large cross-sectional referral base in Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, as well as all of Kansas. These patients often present with complex problems. This diverse population offers residents a vast resource from which to learn, research and grow. It is the goal of KU Eye that these unique experiences, and the knowledge gained from them, lead to more treatment options and improved vision care.
In an environment encouraging intellectual curiosity and exchange of ideas, residents participate in monthly grand rounds and clinical conferences, both on site and at the University of Kansas Hospital and at Children's Mercy Hospital. Clinical staff passionate about their specialty gives regularly scheduled lectures augmented by weekly morning reports, and monthly fluorescein angiography, cornea, and neuro-ophthalmology case conferences. Pathology lectures are held within in the department twice a month, reviewing case, microscopic slides and specific gross tissue samples. Three times a year, residents and faculty assemble for communication competency dinners and discussion at the home of the Program Director. Patient Safety Conferences are held quarterly with residents and faculty discussing specific difficult cases. Sub-specialty Journal Club is held every other month with each resident critically reviewing and discussing a selected article published in a major ophthalmic journal.
Supplementing the medical center's Dykes Library, the department maintains its own library, with textbooks, print and video journals, and a CD-ROM library of reference textbooks. All rotation sites provide internet access for information retrieval and medical database search.
From their first day in the program, residents are immersed in the departmental culture of teaching. Residents participate in continuing medical education courses sponsored by the department, in lecture series for allied health providers, and in the education of other residents, fellows and medical students rotating through the department.
Residents also participate in the Kansas City metropolitan area Journal Club--a meeting held four times a year featuring invited speakers and an opportunity to interact with community ophthalmologists, in annual meetings of the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology, and the departmental-run Kansas EyeCon, at which nationally known guest speakers join faculty and residents in presenting original research projects.
Each resident is enrolled in the American Academy of Ophthalmology's basic science self-study course, with self-instruction supplemented by weekly study sessions involving all residents. Acquisition of technical and surgical skills is guided by the Skills Transfer Checklist, a programmed course required of all residents.
Residents receive regular objective evaluations of their performance by faculty. The Program Director meets with each resident semi-annually to review their progress. Each spring, residents measure their acquisition of basic and clinical science knowledge in the annual Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) examination, a test presented and managed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.
For additional information about the KU Ophthalmology residency program, contact Audrey Morrison, Residency Coordinator, at 913-588-6660.