Week 31 Reading Assignment and Statistics
|Reading Plan||Book/Chapters||Topics||Pages||Total Pages||Pages/Day|
|AAO*||Optics 7-End||Geneva lens clock, low vision||252-337||85||12|
|Ophthalmology Review**||Pathology 16-20
|Intraocular tumors, basic immunology||261-328
*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.
Note: I rearranged the pathology review calendar to condense pathology into 3 weeks. In the original reading plan, less reading was assigned to allow for more time for review of other sections.
Week 31 Overview
In this week, you’ll be finishing Clinical Optics if you’re following the AAO’s plan (and completing the reading plan!), and you’ll be finishing Ophthalmic Pathology and the first section of Uveitis if you’re following ours.
The AAO Plan:
Congratulations! At the completion of this week, you will have finished reading through the AAO’s reading plan, with 4 weeks left before the OKAP (and 6 weeks before the WQE) for you to review! This last section is fairly light; it finishes discussing the optics of the major instruments we use in clinical and surgical practice, and discusses low vision (I think – I was looking at my 2010-2011 edition, so the updated versions may have changed the order of the topics). If the section really does discuss low vision, the only comment I have is that we probably underutilize low vision principles and resources in clinical practice – especially if you are going to be dealing with a lot of patients with low vision (such as in retina, glaucoma, or neuro-ophthalmology), being somewhat versed in what low vision optics has to offer can make a huge difference in your patients’ lives.
Ophthalmology Review’s Plan:
The last section of the pathology book deals with ocular oncology, specifically intraocular tumors. As you might expect, retinoblastoma and ocular melanoma are major topics in this section. While you are not going to be expected to be an expert in ocular oncology, you still need to be able to recognize and appropriately manage these life- and sight-threatening conditions.
Like I’ve said previously, the basic immunology section of the uveitis book is optional. For those who need a refresher, the book provides a clinically-applicable discussion of the basic elements of immunology. In terms of testable material, this is pretty exam-light, IMHO, but it may be simply because I don’t remember the test that well anymore.
Week 31 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):