Many people know that the Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin clinics have “Residents”, but do you know what a resident is? The Eye Institute recently said goodbye to one group of residents and hello to another so we’d like to share how our residents come to train at the Eye Institute.
After four years of college a future doctor enters medical school for four years, and upon graduation can don a white coat and be known as Doctor; however their training is far from over. Before entering a field of specialty, doctors must complete an internship year (PGY1) to enhance their skills. A doctor interested in the eye then moves on to a Residency program in Ophthalmology for three years of advanced training, after which they will be able to work as a comprehensive Ophthalmologist (at least 12 years after graduating high school). If an Ophthalmologist chooses to further specialize in a specific field of Ophthalmology (retina, cornea, plastics, etc.) they will be required to train in a fellowship program for an additional 1-2 years.
We would like to congratulate our out-going residents on the completion of their residency! In June 2011 we said goodbye to: Dr. Shabari Bhatt, who entered a retina fellowship at Northwestern; Dr. Julia Fullerton, who entered a cornea fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University; and Dr. Jonathan Schell, who entered a cornea fellowship at the University of Minnesota. They were a great class, and we will miss them, but the day after they left we welcomed the next group of trainees! The residents who started with us in July 2011 include: Patrick Hopen, John McAllister, and Jonathan Skarie. We are looking forward to having Dr. Hopen, Dr. McAllister, and Dr. Skarie join the resident team!
The Eye Institute is proud to help train and shape the future of Ophthalmology by accepting three new residents and two fellows each year(for a total of 9 residents, and 4 fellows at any one point in time). When asked about the residency program, Dr. Bhavna Sheth, Residency Program Director, said “The Eye Institute is very fortunate to attract outstanding resident candidates each year. The program is committed to training resident physicians who are highly competent and ethical. It is truly a pleasure to be involved in their training.”