Conferences and educational resources

Formal Teaching Exercises

Scheduled time is set aside every Friday morning and every Tuesday evening for teaching and learning. No resident clinics are scheduled on Friday mornings. Each year, during the months of July and August, the Friday morning lectures consist of a Core Curriculum, where the very essentials of each ophthalmologic area is covered. This is a great overview for the 1st year residents and a refresher for the upper-level residents. A formal course for residents provides instruction in areas of ophthalmology and practice management. Faculty members lead the lectures, which are structured around the core information provided in the Basic and Clinical Science Course from the American Academy of Ophthalmology.


  • Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology, Ethics
  • Optics, Refraction, Contact Lenses, Low Vision Rehabilitation
  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus
  • Orbit, Eyelids, and Lacrimal System
  • External Disease and Cornea
  • Retina/Vitreous, Uveitis, and Ocular tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens, Cataract Surgery, Anterior Segment Trauma
  • Ethics
  • Socioeconomics of Health Care, Cost-Effective Medical Practice, Ophthalmology Advocacy

The lecture series is given on a recurrent basis. After the core curriculum is presented at the beginning of each academic year to cover common and essential information for the ophthalmology residents, more detailed didactic information is presented for each of the areas in Ophthalmology on a 2-year cycle. Residents are given assignments in specific textbooks and/or papers that are of particular benefit. Prior to the lectures, information is provided regarding the topics to be covered and residents are expected to review the material prior to lecture.

In addition to formal teaching exercises, the following conferences are held:

  • Casey Eye Institute–Devers Eye Institute (DEI) Collaborative Grand Rounds (twice a month; September - June): Subspecialty topics presented by Casey and Devers faculty members, and renowned visiting guest speakers. Attended by residents, faculty, and ophthalmologists in the community.
  • Glaucoma Conference (monthly): Attended by CEI & DEI glaucoma faculty. Residents present cases for discussion.
  • Photography Conference (every 2 months): Residents and faculty present photographic cases of patients.
  • Posterior Segment and Ophthalmic Imaging Conference (twice a month): A case based conference presented by retina fellows and retina faculty.
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology Conference (monthly): attended by residents, CEI & DEI neuro faculty and fellow.
  • Oculoplastics Conference (every 2 months):  attended by residents, oculoplastics faculty and fellow.
  • Cornea/Refractive Conference (quarterly):  attended by residents, cornea faculty and fellow.
  • Uveitis Conference (monthly): attended by residents, CEI uveitis faculty and  fellow.
  • Neuroradiology Conference (1-2 times per month): Presented by an OHSU neuro-radiologist, this case-based conference emphasizes radiographic features of ophthalmic pathology.
  • Pathology Conference (monthly): A case based conference presented by our ocular pathologist/oncologist .  Attended by residents.
  • Surgery and Case Management Conference (every 2 months): Resident presentations of difficult to manage medical and surgical cases.
  • Journal Club (monthly): Hosted monthly by a faculty member, this is a popular forum for residents to review recent literature.
  • Chairman Rounds (monthly):  A resident gives an in-depth presentation to the chairman and the residents on an ophthalmologic topic of their choice.
  • Named lectureship series in which lectures are given by renowned visiting guest speakers:  the Kenneth C. Swan lecture in Glaucoma, the Leonard Christensen Lecture in Ophthalmic Pathology, the Robert C. Watzke Lecture in Retina, the Fredrick T. Fraunfelder Lecture in Corneal and External Diseases, the William T. Shults Lecture in Neuro-ophthalmology, the John L. Wobig lecture in Oculoplastics, the James T. Rosenbaum Lecture in Uveitis, the James W. Damon Lecture in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus, and the Mary Tooze lecture in Ophthalmology training related topics.
  • Resident Wellness Meeting- (Quarterly):  Resident driven meeting scheduled during business hours.  This is a get together during business hours for residents to exchange information germane to being a physician in training.

All residents participate in the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) each year. This written standardized examination is held each spring and is constructed in a format that prepares the resident for the written qualifying examination.

Throughout the year, residents have protected time to attend local meetings including the Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association, Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology, Thorny Issues in Ophthalmology, Casey Eye Resident Research Forum, and the biennial International Ophthalmology Conference.  Each year, the second year residents attend a head and neck dissection course arranged by the Oculoplastics service.