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David Kirsch, MD
Program Director

3 Years - Approved for 9 Positions

The Ophthalmology Residency Program is an AOA-accredited program that began on July 1, 2004. The goal of the program is to train osteopathic physicians to become proficient in diagnosing and treating patients with ophthalmic pathology, both medically and surgically. The osteopathic philosophy of patient care is stressed throughout the program. The residency is 36 months in length and provides the resident with the didactic and clinical training required to become a competent and compassionate ophthalmologist.

The program is sponsored by St. John's Episcopal Hospital in association with Interfaith Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY), Brookdale University Medical Center (Brooklyn, NY) and South Nassau Communities Hospital (Oceanside, NY). Residents spend time at these facilities and attend to patients in the outpatient clinics, operating rooms, offices and emergency departments. The faculty supervises the residents at all times. The residents are expected to assume increasing responsibilities in ophthalmic care as they progress through the program.

Training is provided for all fields of ophthalmology including: Cornea and External Disease; Glaucoma; Retina and Laser; Pediatric Ophthalmology; Ophthalmic Pathology; Optics/Refraction; Low Vision and Contact Lenses; Neuro-Opthalmology; Uveitis; Ophthalmic Surgery; Ocular Trauma; and Oculoplastics.

Residents are expected to complete the American Academy of Ophthalmology's Home Study Course in Ophthalmology as well as take the OKAP exam in each year of training. Didactics are given daily by the faculty and, in addition, the residents are required to attend the weekly Ophthalmology Rounds at New York Eye and Ear Infirmary. Osteopathic Practice and Principles Symposia are given at St. John's Episcopal, at which resident participation is required. Residents are required to participate in independent research projects in order to complete the program. Finally, residents are encouraged to do intensive journal and textbook reading.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital, as well as the entire Ophthalmology faculty, is committed to ensuring that the educational goals of this program are achieved. Upon successful completion of the residency program, the physician will be qualified to take the Board Certification Examination given by the American Osteopathic Board of Ophthalmology.

St. John's Episcopal Hospital is an equal opportunity employer.

Please review this information carefully and apply through the Electronic Residency Application Service (ERAS). Thank you for your interest in our residency program.

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