Integrating the Internship into Ophthalmology Residency Programs: Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology American Academy of Ophthalmology White Paper

Thomas A. Oetting, Eduardo C Alfonso, Anthony Arnold, Louis B. Cantor, Keith Carter, Oscar A. Cruz, Steven Feldon, Bartly Mondino, David W. Parke, Suzann Pershing, Tara Uhler, Nicholas J. Volpe

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Abstract

Future ophthalmologists will need to have broad skills to thrive in complex health care organizations. However, training for ophthalmologists does not take advantage of all of the postgraduate years (PGYs). Although the traditional residency years seem to have little excess capacity, enhancing the internship year does offer an opportunity to expand the time for ophthalmology training in the same 4 PGYs. Integrating the internship year into residency would allow control of all of the PGYs, allowing our profession to optimize training for ophthalmology. In this white paper, we propose that we could capture an additional 6 months of training time by integrating basic ophthalmology training into the intern year. This would allow 6 additional months to expand training in areas such as quality improvement or time for “mini-fellowships” to allow graduates to develop a deeper set of skills.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2037-2041
Number of pages5
JournalOphthalmology
Volume123
Issue number9
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Ophthalmology

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    Oetting, T. A., Alfonso, E. C., Arnold, A., Cantor, L. B., Carter, K., Cruz, O. A., Feldon, S., Mondino, B., Parke, D. W., Pershing, S., Uhler, T., & Volpe, N. J. (2016). Integrating the Internship into Ophthalmology Residency Programs: Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology American Academy of Ophthalmology White Paper. Ophthalmology, 123(9), 2037-2041. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ophtha.2016.06.021