Conferences

Morning Conferences
During the academic year conferences are organized as courses.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Orbit & Oculoplastics
  • Glaucoma
  • Retina
  • Cornea
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology
  • Optics
  • Uveitis
  • Methods & Logic in Ophthalmology
  • Ethics
  • Business of Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Surgery

The conference schedule is published on the residency website in advance, allowing residents to prepare for the conference. While in most cases the material to be covered is based on the BCSC series, conference leaders may choose to post reading material to the residency website. Quizzes are given at the end of each block to help residents self assess their preparation for the OKAP exam.

Resident conferences generally start at 7am Monday through Friday
On time attendance is mandatory and attendance is taken.

Grand Rounds
Grand Rounds are case-based clinical conferences. An interesting clinical or surgical case is chosen by a resident and member of the faculty for presentation. Links to papers relevant to the case are posted to the resident website in advance of Grand Rounds. Grand Rounds begins with a brief resident presentation of the case. The resident and faculty member then lead discussion about the case among the conference participants. All residents are expected to have read the posted material in advance so that they can participate fully in the discussion as educated peers.

UPMC Eye Center Grand Rounds are held for one hour at 7 am on Friday mornings.
On time attendance is mandatory and attendance is taken.
In addition to residents this conference is attended by full-time faculty, fellows and community based ophthalmologists.

Throughout the year this format will be occasionally be superseded by a guest lecturer.

Diagnostic Case Conference
Diagnostic case conference are case-based sessions led by residents and faculty. They are intended to provide an opportunity for residents to receive instruction and gain experience in the practice of reading ophthalmic diagnostic studies. Diagnostic studies covered include fluorescein angiography, OCT, neuro-radiologic imaging, visual fields, electrophysiology and corneal topography.

Diagnostic case conferences are held most Friday mornings at 8 am following Grand Rounds.
On time attendance is mandatory for residents and attendance is taken.

Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Research Presentations
The faculty, fellows and residents of the UPMC Eye Center are actively involved in advancing the field of ophthalmology by pursuing basic, clinical and translational research activities. Approximately once each month a member of the faculty will present their current research.

Research presentations will take place on Friday mornings at 8 am. On time attendance is mandatory for residents and attendance is taken.

Scholars in Vision Science Series
The UPMC Eye Center regularly invites nationally and internationally recognized ophthalmology and vision science scientists to speak to the faculty, residents and graduate students of the department.

The Scholars in Vision Science seminar series was created to 1) expose our clinicians and scientists to cutting edge clinical and basic science vision reserch by bringing to Pittsburgh the most accomplished vision scientists from arond the world; 2) showcase the research accomplishments of our ophthalmology trainees; 3) foster a dialogue between our clinical and basic science faculty and trainees. Residents are strongly encouraged to attend when they can.


Journal Club
Journal club provides an opportunity for residents to get together with faculty to discuss important ophthalmology journal articles. The format and location varies according to faculty preference. Journal club is held approximately 6 times each year. On time attendance is mandatory for residents.

Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society Meetings
The Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society invites nationally recognized guest lecturers to speak to its members. In addition to two lectures by the guest speaker the meeting consists of case presentations by our residents and a business meeting. Dinner is served. The meeting provides an excellent opportunity for our residents to network with our community based ophthalmology colleagues and to become familiar with national and local issues concerning the field. Pittsburgh Ophthalmology Society

Meetings take place on the first Thursday of the month from 4 pm to 8 pm at the Allegheny County Medical Society building in the North Side neighborhood. On time attendance is mandatory for residents.

Continuing Medical Education Events
Throughout the year the department will sponsor Continuing Medical Education events featuring guest speakers discussing topics of importance in our field. These events are targeted for practicing ophthalmologists in the greater Pittsburgh region. On time attendance at these events is mandatory for residents.