Educational Programs
Clinical Experience
Extensive clinical experience is one of the hallmarks of the Loyola Ophthalmology Residency Program. Residents are given increasing responsibility during the three-year curriculum. They care for patients in exceptional facilities at Loyola University Hospital and the Loyola Outpatient Center, as well as nearby Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital. (See Clinical Experience)

Didactic Programs and Conferences
The curriculum’s comprehensive didactic program complements the clinical experience with lectures, conferences and meetings. Most of the on-campus didactic activities take place in Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine, a 200,000 square foot teaching facility designed for modern teaching methods.

On-Campus Programs

The American Academy of Ophthalmology Basic and Clinical Science Curriculum provides the framework for departmental lectures, although faculty add topics according to their interests and expertise. Residents study the course material independently, and also study the contact lens curriculum from the Contact Lens Association of Ophthalmologists. All course materials are provided by the department. Faculty lectures and course materials provide a solid foundation in pathophysiology and the current treatment of ophthalmic disease.

Ophthalmology Grand Rounds
Every Wednesday Afternoon
The Ophthalmology Grand Rounds covers each subspecialty on a regular basis and is the department’s most important weekly conference. For the first half-hour, faculty and residents examine 4-6 patients whose conditions present diagnostic or treatment challenges. For the next hour, residents present their cases and review several areas of particular clinical focus. A faculty member then leads a discussion about how to appropriately evaluate and manage each patient.

Ophthalmologists from other institutions are invited to attend.

Ophthalmic Pathology Lectures and Labs
The director of ophthalmic pathology at Loyola holds didactic sessions once or twice a month that include an organized review of all ocular structures. Sessions are conducted at a 10-head microscope. An ocular pathology syllabus is provided to all residents. The director of ophthalmic pathology also presents clinical pathological correlations on a regular basis in a grand rounds format.

Hands-on Experiences
The Department of Ophthalmology offers a hands-on, human cadaver orbital dissection course once each year. Both residents and medical students are encouraged to attend.

Visiting Professor Lectureship
These specialty conferences feature formal lectures by a nationally recognized guest ophthalmologist. (See Chicago Subspecialty Guest Lecturer Series) Community ophthalmologists are invited to attend and can receive CME credits.

Fluorescein Conference
Every Other Month
Challenging fluorescein angiograms are provided and discussed by our retinal specialists.

Quality Management/Quality Improvement Conference
Residents attend this conference along with full-time faculty to discuss surgical complications of routine and acute eye conditions, focusing specifically on their own cases.

Resident Alumni Day
This special conference is a high point of the academic year. Residents present their own research projects and the resident with the best presentation receives an award, which is funded by a graduate of the Ophthalmology Residency Program.

Faculty and alumni are also invited to present clinical or research topics of interest. A nationally recognized ophthalmologist serves as the keynote speaker and facilitates many of the discussions.

Journal Club
Four articles are selected for review by a second-year resident from current peer-reviewed ophthalmology publications. Four residents summarize the articles and the whole group then discusses the articles with the guidance of full- and part-time faculty.

Practice Management Consultation
Residents are encouraged to attend one of several voluntary programs throughout the year provided by a local practice management consultant. An on-line tutorial program is also available for independent study by the residents. Residents are always welcome to meet with practicing ophthalmologists to discuss job negotiation and interview skills, marketing strategies and other related topics.

Off-Campus Programs
Residents are encouraged to attend off-campus didactic programs that complement their on-campus training. The Department of Ophthalmology pays for travel expenses and provides a generous daily stipend.

  • Chicago Curriculum in Ophthalmology Lecture Series
    Saturday Mornings, September-April
    Faculty from each of Chicago’s six ophthalmology residency programs participate in this city-wide lecture series, which provides excellent opportunities for learning and interaction with other residents.
  • Chicago Ophthalmological Society Meetings
    Monthly and Annually
    These lively meetings allow residents and ophthalmologists from throughout Chicagoland to gather for continuing education on a monthly basis. The COS also hosts a day-long annual meeting in Chicago, which all residents attend.
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology
    Annual Meeting
    All third-year residents attend this meeting, which features presentations, exhibits and hands-on clinical training opportunities.
  • Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
    Annual Meeting
    Residents whose research abstracts are accepted attend this annual meeting in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, where over 5,400 papers and posters are presented in an informal setting.
  • OKAP Review
    Monthly Review
    On the last Thursday of the month in anticipation of the OKAP examinations, from July through April, Loyola ophthalmology residents participate in a review of one of the BSCS volumes. The review is hosted by one of Ophthalmology’s third-year residents.