The Integrated Transitional Year – Ophthalmology internship includes rotations in ophthalmology, internal medicine and pediatrics. Clinical rotations during the first year include the UAMS Medical Center, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, CHI St. Vincent Infirmary and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
The second year provides an opportunity for residents to improve clinical skills and assume increasing levels of responsibility in the clinic setting, as well as in surgery. Second year residents learn fundamentals of refraction and basic eye examination. Weekly tutorial sessions are conducted with a member of the faculty. During their second year, residents can expect graduated patient care responsibilities, with rotations at UAMS Medical Center and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital.
During their third year, residents continue to build experience while honing clinical and surgical skills in ophthalmologic subspecialties. Surgical responsibilities increase as they advance through their residency. Clinical rotations during the third year include the UAMS Medical Center, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.
During their final year, residents assume maximum responsibility for patient care. Each resident becomes the Chief Resident during their entire senior year, with rotations at the Jones Eye Institute, the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The chief resident supervises day-to-day activities and contributes greatly to the teaching of junior residents, both in surgery and clinical settings.
The Department of Ophthalmology provides each resident two important references for his/her personal use – The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Sciences series and Clinical Ophthalmology by Jack J. Kanski.
In addition to text resources, each resident will be given a private office, three lab coats monogrammed with their name and department, and a 20 and 90 diopter lens.
Residents will have access to the Resident Library located at the Jones Eye Institute and the UAMS Library, located both online and in the Education II building.