One of the things I want to do on this site is to provide more finished "products" for you, in addition to the subject/literature reviews, test preparation and study ideas, and book reviews. These will hopefully include charts, outlines, and other media that will help augment your studies. I am working on several book-length projects for the site as well, including a mnemonics-style cheat book and a "textbook" of ophthalmology, with the goal of bridging the gap between the traditional high-academic works of the highly reputable textbooks and shorter-length review books. Since those books are going to take me a considerable time to write and prepare (probably several years at the rate I'm going now), I plan to publish those for sale. However, I still want to make the bulk of the content free, so the articles won't be hidden behind a paywall.
I was recently approached by the founders of EyeGuru.org to introduce you to their online resource for beginning residents. Since we want to provide as many resources to you as possible to help you with learning and gaining proficiency in ophthalmology, I was delighted to learn about a new tool that might be helpful for many of you.
It's review season! The OKAP exam and written board exam are coming soon, and to try and push out some useful reviews before the exam, I'm going to publish a series of articles covering some of the major concepts you should probably have mastered for the OKAP and for the written board exam. Because the OKAP and written board exam cover similar topics, you'll probably find some overlap if you read both sets of articles. However, there are some key differences, both in breadth of content and in depth of content, that will make these articles slightly different. For example, you will not be tested over any topics in General Medicine or Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology on the WQE.
I may be a bit too ambitious, but my hope is to have these articles published with enough time for those who are hoping to use this site to help study for the OKAP or WQE in March. I know, my rate of publication hasn't been stellar this past year, but since these are all adaptations of previous material I made in residency, hopefully I won't have to do as much background research (typically each article takes me around 6-8 hours to research and assemble).
Here we are, at the end of September, and for those in residency and fellowship, hopefully you're starting to get used to the lifestyle of the trainee. By now, the routine of waking up at all hours of the day and night, working on minimal sleep, cramming in study time, etc. should be second nature.
It was around this point during my first year of ophthalmology residency that I began to question the effectiveness of my learning/studying strategies. It seemed like my peers always had a better grasp on the obscure facts, picking up on subtle clinical findings, or be able to answer questions in lecture while I sat there clueless.
Happy early July! For those who just started residency, congratulations! Hopefully the first few days of residency have been a smooth transition.
Perhaps some (or many) of you are just getting started with ophthalmology residency. This week may have been full of firsts, such as your first full refraction, your first dilated fundus exam, your first call, your first consult, etc. There will probably be many other firsts to come - your first cataract surgery, your first post-cataract 20/20 patient, your first posterior capsular tear, your first vitrectomy, your first open globe, etc. Okay, not all of these things are going to be super exciting. But it's the beginning of one of the most rewarding and exciting specialties in medicine.