Equal, Round, and Reactive - Lessons from our Pupils (A Retina Blog!)
Jay talks with Mike and Louie about their experiences with ophthalmology rotations during medical school. They realize how much of an influence residents and attendings have on a medical student's decision to pursue ophthalmology.
Whether you are an athlete, a businessman, or a surgeon, it is important to track your prior efforts in order to improve and progress. As a retina fellow, keeping an accurate log has multiple benefits:
Earlier this year, we invited Drs. Priya Sharma, Edward Wood, and Rehan Hussain to give us a little insight on the process of applying to retina fellowship. Thank you very much to @Michael Venincasa for providing our episode outline.
Are you applying to Ophthalmology this year? With the SFMatch deadline around the corner, ophthalmology hopefuls are making their final edits to their personal statements. Here are a few last minute tips, adapted from an earlier episode where we interviewed recently matched residents.
I remember a few times as a medical student, my surgical attending asked me to "put on some music." If you've ever had to DJ for a roadtrip or a small get-together, you know how difficult that kind of request might be. What kind of music does everyone like? How can I possibly please everyone? At least for friends, the music I play won't hurt anyone, but in the operating room, the stakes are higher; any possible distraction might lead to an adverse outcome. Despite the potential issues, it does seem that many surgeons, nurses, and anesthesiologists feel that music helps set a calmer mood and raise focus levels. I got a chance to ask Dr. Sridhar about his experiences (spoiler: he doesn't like certain types of music!!).
We're starting Prof & Pupil, a miniseries of posts, where Dr. Sridhar and I talk about different aspects of ophthalmology, retina surgery, and more! These are presented in conversation format (much like classic Greek philosophical texts), and we hope they'll be both enjoyable and quick to read!
This past weekend we had our annual graduation dinner for the departing residents and fellows. While it is always sad to see great physicians leave, it inspired me to hear the stories of our superlative graduates and the impact they had on the people around them. One graduating fellow in particular received a standing ovation for his performance both as a resident and fellow at our hospital. The entire evening got me thinking: "what qualities make the best residents?" Using examples from the dinner and our guests on the podcast , I compiled a list of six attributes of top-notch ophthalmology residents:
As Ophthalmologists, we do everything we can to prevent vision loss, but sometimes there is nothing more we can do. From the invention of braille to bionic retinas, we are continuously finding new ways to help those with low vision. The goal for assistive technology is to improve the functional independence of those with low vision. Here are five of the most impactful and promising innovations in visual assistive technology.
ABOUT The Retina PODCAST TEAM:
Straight From The Cutter's Mouth: A Retina Podcast was started with the goal of providing an informative venue for ophthalmologists to listen to informal yet insightful thoughts from both leaders in the field and up-and-coming retina specialists.
Dr. Jay Sridhar is the creator, host, and executive content manager for the podcast and website. He is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami, Florida.
Louie Cai is the producer for the podcast and webmaster. He is a fourth year medical student at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He is applying for residency this year and hopes to become a great ophthalmologist one day!
Mike Venincasa is the writer and editor for the podcast and website. He is a third year medical student at the Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. He is applying for residency next year and is looking forward to a career in ophthalmology!