Patient Outcomes Conference (formerly Quality Assurance and M&M Conference)
The topics of quality assurance and improving patient care are presented at several meetings throughout the year. In addition, several resident meetings each year also address these issues.
Integrated Learning Modules (ILM)/Basic and Clinical Science Curriculum (BCSC)
The curriculum is a series of lectures based on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s The Basic and Clinical Science Course in Ophthalmology (BCSC). These volumes provide the basis, but not the sole source, for the major portion of the curriculum. These conferences are regularly scheduled, according to topic, throughout the year. The entire course is repeated each year. The purpose of this curriculum is to prepare the resident for an effective practice in ophthalmology, and to prepare the resident for the Qualifying Board Examination in Ophthalmology at the end of the training period.
Case Conferences are held several times a month. The purpose of these conferences is to present interesting cases for discussion by the residents and faculty. This provides a very good experience for careful observation, an essential skill in ophthalmology, as well as developing a fund of knowledge through discussion of the case and its management, as well as very good practice for oral examinations. Residents will present cases on a rotating basis, and topics are assigned to provide comprehensive coverage. Topics include a wide variety of subjects and are monitored by the Chief Resident and Program Director.
Grand Rounds are held on the second Thursday of each month. The format of Grand Rounds is the presentation of cases by the residents and discussions with the faculty and guests. Grand Rounds are attended by the visiting lecturer for the Houston Ophthalmological Society from September through May.
Usually, the cases chosen for Grand Rounds are topics within the expertise of the guest speaker. Residents who are presenting cases should review the case and the presentation with faculty well in advance of the conference. It is a good practice for each resident to keep a list of any interesting patients they encounter; then when a case needs to be presented at any conference, this list will be a valuable resource.
The purpose of Journal Club is to develop good reading habits which will keep the practicing ophthalmologist up to date in the years to come, to learn to critically evaluate journal articles, to learn the various types of studies presented in the literature, and to develop a broad base of fundamental knowledge from original journal articles. It is the responsibility of the resident to read the three major ophthalmology journals in their entirety, (AJO, Ophthalmology, and Archives of Ophthalmology) and be prepared to discuss any of the articles for that month. Other assignments for Journal Club may include a review and discussion of the classic articles in various specialties in ophthalmology.
The purpose of Ethics Rounds is to provide the resident with thought-provoking ethical, medicolegal, and socioeconomic issues in order to build a foundation for their future practice.