Week 5 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Lens and Cataract 8-End||Cataract surgery, complications of cataract surgery||127-221||94||13|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Cornea 4-5; Fundamentals 11, 15||Corneal infections, lens physiology, free radicals||95-172 (Cornea); 273-282 (Fundamentals), 311-318 (Fundamentals)||96||14|
*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 5 Overview
As I’m sure you’re catching on, the reading assignment for the end of each book if you follow along the AAO plan tends to be a bit lighter than the first chunks. So if you’re trying to pace yourself, this gives you a lighter reading schedule about every 3-4 weeks; not too bad. Overall, the plan I used tends to be lighter every week (I covered less pages per week), which comes at the expense of taking a few weeks longer to cover all of the material, and there is less variation. For me, trying to get through more than 20 pages per day and retain useful information didn’t work, so the pace I used worked really well for me.
The AAO Plan:
This week’s reading assignment covers the ophthalmologist’s bread and butter – cataract surgery and post-operative management. Of all the reading in the BCSC, this section is probably one of the more clinically relevant sections, and if you are planning on performing cataract surgery as part of your career, it would probably behoove you to know this section intimately well. Of course, there are other very significant and helpful resources when it comes to learning cataract surgery and management, but in terms of understanding the terminology and basic principles, this section is very helpful. And of course, there is no substitute for hands-on experience, but for the starting resident, it helps to have read about all of these things before you start your first paracentesis.
Ophthalmology Review Plan:
This week’s reading assignment covers corneal infections and starts to finish up the last chapters not previously covered in Fundamentals. I don’t remember why we did lens and free radicals together rather than just go in order; I think it was partially from a reading length standpoint and also from a desire to keep vitreous, retina, and RPE together in one chunk of reading.
Week 5 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):