Ophthalmology Boot Camp Helps Cultivate and Develop Skills of Residents

Course provides room in a hands-on clinical setting to learn practical skills in the transition from medical student to resident.

5:00 AM

Author | Shantell M. Kirkendoll


Every year, the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center holds an ophthalmology boot camp entirely focused on cultivating and developing the skills of residents.

The annual phacoemulsification wet lab is a part of the prep course specifically geared toward allowing residents to learn how to perform cataract surgery prior to performing the surgery on patients.

LISTEN UP: Add the new Michigan Medicine News Break to your Alexa-enabled device, or subscribe to our daily updates on iTunes, Google Play and Stitcher

"(The wet lab) is critical to our mission and curriculum to help residents learn how to do surgery before they step into the operating room, before they have the pressure of taking care of patients," says Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., vice chair for clinical sciences and learning at Kellogg Eye Center.

The course provides room in a hands-on clinical setting to learn practical skills, like how to gown up before surgery to the finer nuances of ophthalmology, while also giving space for residents to ask questions and hone their skills.

Getting to do the hands-on training is more meaningful than what you can read about or see in a video, says first year ophthalmology resident Tomas Meijome.

MORE FROM MICHIGAN: Sign up for our weekly newsletter

"Having a workshop like this where you're able to do everything on your own from start to finish is one of those symbolic moments of transitioning from an intern to a resident."

Learn more about the Kellogg Eye Center residency program.

More Articles About: Eye Care & Vision clinical training
Health Lab word mark overlaying blue cells
Health Lab

Explore a variety of health care news & stories by visiting the Health Lab home page for more articles.

Media Contact Public Relations

Department of Communication at Michigan Medicine

[email protected]


Stay Informed

Want top health & research news weekly? Sign up for Health Lab’s newsletters today!

Featured News & Stories
Health Lab
How to protect your eyes during the total solar eclipse
A Michigan Medicine ophthalmologist and retinal surgeon shares advice for viewing the total solar eclipse safely, including what to look for in eye protection.
Headshot of Shahzad Mian, M.D.
News Release
Michigan Medicine names new chair of Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences
Shahzad I. Mian, M.D., has been appointed chair of the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and the F. Bruce Fralick Professor of Ophthalmology in the Medical School and the Director of the W.K. Kellogg Eye Center
eye exam
Health Lab
Few children – especially those with safety-net insurance – get vision checked at checkups
Few children are getting eyes checked at their pediatrician or other regular doctor’s office, and rates vary greatly by insurance status.
older woman holding glasses in lap
Health Lab
Study shows dementia more common in older adults with vision issues
A link between vision issues in older adults and an increased likelihood of dementia.
egg splat microwave
Health Lab
“Eggsplosions” and eyes don’t mix 
The social media trend  involving microwaving hard boiled eggs, then slicing them to explode, can be dangerous to your eyes experts say.
little boy playing outside with glasses on
Health Lab
Making kid’s eye care more accessible
In Michigan, families don’t have to travel far for top pediatric eye specialists