Research is valued and supported at the Casey Eye Institute. Our commitment to research is a strength of our program. Scheduled time is set aside for research activities. Faculty members serve as mentors to the residents on projects. Residents are required to begin a research project in their first year of residency. Research may be either clinical or in the basic sciences. The residents' research efforts are presented each spring at the Casey Eye Resident Research Forum. All residents are required to submit their work in manuscript form to a peer-reviewed journal.
Residents are also encouraged and supported to attend national meetings where they have the opportunity to present their research. Residents commonly present their research at national meetings such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, the American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, and the North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society.
Residents plan and conduct quality improvement projects during their training with the goal of improving patient care and patient safety. The projects are selected in the fall and the results of these projects are presented at a forum in the spring.
Residents are encouraged to participate in public service. There are numerous opportunities to volunteer. Most popular is participation in the Casey Outreach Van. An all-volunteer staff of eye doctors, technicians, interpreters, and assistants gather to host mobile screenings in the community and collaborate with programs serving people in need to identify common preventable and treatable eye conditions. In addition, for residents in good academic standing, opportunity is given in conjunction with the International Ophthalmology Program to travel internationally to experience eye care abroad in underserved communities.
Resident surgical volume is high, with residents typically far-exceeding the ACGME guidelines. The average number of cataract surgeries performed in the last 10 years by graduating residents in which the resident was the primary surgeon was in the 80th percentile nationally.
Residents have ready access to operating microscopes and surgical equipment intended for practice surgery. Surgical wet lab and virtual simulator experiences are part of the 1st residents' daytime schedule. Additional microsurgical wet lab activity may occur on the resident's own time as often as the resident would like using equipment dedicated for this purpose.