Week 1 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Fundamentals 1-4||Anatomy, cranial nerves, embryology||5-128||123||18|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Fundamentals 1-3||Anatomy, cranial nerves||5-110||106||15|
*The AAO reading schedule is based off the 2016-2017 BCSC series, available starting June 15, 2016.
**My reading schedule is based off the 2012-2013 BCSC series, as I do not own the new editions.
Since there are multiple ways to read through the BCSC, I decided to format the reading schedule based on weeks, rather than post multiple reading events. This also allows me to reuse these events every year, instead of creating this again next year.
The two featured reading schedules are adapted from Dr. Brian T. Chan-Kai’s article on the American Academy of Ophthalmology’s website, and the reading schedule my colleagues and I used in residency. While my reading schedule may typically seem a bit lighter, keep in mind that Dr. Chan-Kai’s schedule takes less time (31 weeks vs. 34 weeks), and goes through 12 of the 13 texts (mine covers 11 of 13).
Additionally, Dr. Chan-Kai starts the reading two weeks into the new residency year (presumably to allow for orientation and such). I am going to start the reading schedule on this site on July 1 for simplicity, and also to allow for a few weeks of review at the end before the OKAP. Obviously, these are all guidelines, and you can adapt the schedule however you see fit.
For someone wanting to read through the BCSC in a year to study for the ABO Written Qualifying Exam, this reading schedule should be modified, in that the written board exam doesn’t test on Section 1: Update on General Medicine or Section 2: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology.
Week 1 Overview
Regardless of which reading schedule you use, reading through Section 2: Fundamentals and Principles of Ophthalmology is probably one of the best ways to get started. That first week of residency is an exciting time, and this first reading assignment drops you right into the core details of the eye and orbit that will become an integral part of your profession. It’s a very challenging read on the first time through because of the level of detail, but with the level of excitement and energy brought during that first week, you will probably find this section the easiest to get through pace-wise. Trust me, although some future readings will be much more interesting from a disease standpoint, between call, research, preparing grand rounds presentations, family obligations, and preparing for clinical experiences, this first week will be a breeze.
Week 1 Tips and Helpful Resources
For tips on reading these sections, please check out the following pages (I will be working on developing more content for this section):