Week 8 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Retina and Vitreous 1-7||Retinal anatomy/physiology, diagnostic testing, ARMD and other causes of CNV, diabetic retinopathy and other retinal vascular diseases||1-156||156||22|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Cornea 12-13, 15-16||Corneal degenerations and deposits, corneal transplantation||331-386, 407-446||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.
Week 8 Overview
This week starts Retina (if you’re following the AAO reading plan) or finishes up Cornea (if you’re following the reading plan I used). By the end of this week, you will have completed reading 2-3 BCSC books, depending on your reading plan. Not too shabby, considering that it hasn’t even been 2 full months of the new residency year! If your residency experience is anything like mine, by this point the novelty of studying has begun to wear off and the stresses of trying to manage your time effectively are starting to build. You’ve survived your first call night. Perhaps you’ve already presented your first Grand Rounds. By the end of this week, you will be around 25% of the way through the BCSC reading calendar.
The AAO Plan:
The Retina book is yet another one of those highly detailed and high-yield subjects. Personally, I think it’s pretty ambitious to cover two of the most common retinal diseases (age-related macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy) in one week. There are TONS of research studies, both past and ongoing, in these fields, as they are some of the leading causes of permanent vision loss. The first chapter, as it is with other anatomy/physiology chapters, provides a very nice overview of the retina. Unlike the cornea, in which the physiology is largely centered around immunologic and structural understanding, or glaucoma, in which fluid dynamics and principles of pressure control as well as angle anatomy are important for understanding the pathophysiology and management of their respective diseases, understanding retinal physiology requires knowledge about histological configuration/anatomy, neuro-electrophysiology (since the retina is considered neural tissue), cellular metabolism, and of course vascular dynamics. While it would be cheap to lump retinal disease and management into simply thinking about diseases from a practical standpoint, the BCSC does a very nice job of organizing the information to reflect the current view that many of these diseases have the same end-disease pathway for vision loss, though they may have very different etiologies. And it’s because we believe that these diseases are similar that we use very similar treatments for very different diseases. And because there are so many established multicenter randomized double-blind studies that have set the precedent for many of the protocols we use for treating retinal disease, it is probably a good idea to take the time to not only be familiar with these studies, but to know them extremely well.
Ophthalmology Review Plan:
This week’s reading assignment finishes out the Cornea book. While many of the degenerations have brief descriptions, you will see many of these degenerations in your patients (especially if you get to work at a VA). The corneal surgery section is also very helpful on your cornea rotations. So while the density of content is a bit lighter in this week’s reading, there are definitely some useful tidbits to pick up.
Week 8 Tips and Helpful Resources
For tips and resources on reading these sections, please check out the following pages (I will be working on developing more content for this section):