Week 16 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Pathology 1-10||Intro to pathology, conjunctiva, cornea, anterior segment, sclera, lens, vitreous||1-143||143||21|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Retina 5-7, 15||DM, other retinal vascular disease, ROP, retinal trauma||89-170, 317-334||100||15|
*The AAO reading schedule is based off the 2015-2016 BCSC series, available starting June 15, 2015.
**My reading schedule is based off the 2012-2013 BCSC series, as I do not own the new editions.
Week 16 Overview
In this week, ophthalmic pathology is covered if you’re following the AAO plan, and you’re moving through retina on ours. As you’ve hopefully figured out by now, our reading plan tries to average about 100 pages/week and doesn’t try to tackle more than 2-3 major topics per week. So while it doesn’t put you on the same breakneck pace and you have to skip around a little bit, hopefully you don’t feel as taxed mentally with the potential of learning the whole of macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy in the same week.
The AAO Plan:
I confess, I can’t say that I was really great at histology in medical school. However, once I began understanding the principles of ophthalmic pathology during residency and learned how it correlated clinically, I’ve developed an interest and appreciation for the subject. The first few chapters go over the basic principles of pathology, which is a really great introduction to the subject, especially for those who don’t get the opportunity to work with an ophthalmic pathologist. I think pathology excites me personally because you delve into understanding why certain diseases behave or present in certain ways. For example, knowing the stains can give you a ton of insight into the pathogenesis of a particular disease. While the chapters are fairly short, there is a ton of high-yield clinical correlation. I would suggest re-reading previous books in parallel with the pathology book as a good review of those diseases.
Ophthalmology Review’s Plan:
This week’s plan covers diabetic retinopathy, ROP, and other vascular diseases, as well as retinal trauma. This section contains TONS of research studies to know, as these are very active topics of study. Since these studies have shaped the guidelines we use to manage these diseases, I think these are important to know. Also, while the historical management is good to learn so that you have an appreciation of how far we’ve come and how much further we have to go towards treating these diseases, it’s important to formulate your plan for managing these very common diseases.
Week 16 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):