The Ophthalmology Residency Program at the McGaw Medical Center at Northwestern University is under the leadership of Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD full-time faculty practicing at Northwestern’s Medical Faculty Foundation (NMFF) and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center in Chicago. Chris Chambers, MD full-time faculty also practicing at NMFF, serves as the Assistant Program Director.
This three-year residency program has been continuously accredited by ACGME since its inception in 1967. A preliminary year in internal medicine, surgery, or a transitional program is required from an accredited institution.
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Annually, ophthalmology residents spend eight focused rotations at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. Residents participate in outpatient clinics and inpatient consultative services at all 3 hospitals. Sub-specialty training occurs in cornea and external disease, retina, glaucoma, uveitis, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, pathology, contact lens, and low vision.
Residents Pedro Cervantes, MD (at slit lamp) and Stephen Watson, MD examine a patient.
A comprehensive surgical curriculum spans the entire three years of training with gradual immersion into the operative experience. The curriculum includes didactic lectures, wet labs, surgical courses, and simulator training. All ACGME surgical requirements are satisfied, and all aspects of ophthalmic surgery are taught to residents, including refractive surgery.
Left Image: Resident Mohamed Gendy, MD in the operating room.
Right Image: Residents Jasleen Singh, MD (left) and Nataliya Danylkova, MD work together in the cadaver lab.
A three-week elective cataract rotation in Chandigarh, India is offered to second-year trainees. Residents typically perform 50 phaco procedures in a state-of-the-art surgi-center during this rotation.
Resident Grace Wu, MD (far right) joins some of the Grewal Eye Institute staff in Chandigarg, India.
Each Friday morning is dedicated to classroom learning. The didactic curriculum includes Grand Rounds case conferences, specialty lectures, retina imaging conferences, and small group problem-solving sessions. Guest lecturers are frequently invited and annual interdisciplinary and bioethics conferences are held.
Residents participate in a Friday morning didactic session.
Second and third-year residents participate in a clinical research project of their choosing, presenting project outcomes at the annual Northwestern Ophthalmology Research Day in June. Working with a faculty mentor, residents are supported throughout the entire process.
Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD
Jeanine A. Baqai, MD
Assistant Program Director
Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD