Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology

A Message to Prospective Residency Candidates From Program Director Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

From Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD


Welcome to the Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University, Department of Ophthalmology’s Residency Website.  As the Program Director, I feel particularly privileged to work at Northwestern and I’m excited to share with you the many strengths of our program.

On a day-to-day basis, the leadership of a residency program can be quite a balancing act—delivering outstanding patient care while imparting the necessary medical, surgical, and research education to our trainees. It is this balancing act that I think is done so well here at Northwestern. As you consider this program, I want to highlight the diversity of the patient population seen in our tertiary care, primary site, Northwestern Memorial Hospital/Northwestern Medical Faculty Foundation, our brand new Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital, our busy clinical and surgical service at the Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Hospital and finally our practice in the community—including several different federally-qualified health care clinics. Combining these varied clinical rotations with expert teachers and a robust didactic program provides a setting for outstanding residency training.

In each of these different environments, you will be exposed to full-time faculty members with a tested commitment and interest in resident education.  You will be lectured, mentored and work in small group-learning settings. You will have ample opportunity to interact with our attending ophthalmologists as they treat the most complicated patients, and have them supervise your care of patients with common and uncommon eye problems. You’ll work with these same attendings in the operating rooms at all of our major training sites.

 In addition to a robust clinical environment, you will find that our academic program, with its dedicated weekly lecture times and stimulating conference schedules, will provide you with ample opportunity to learn outside of the clinic. Our outstanding surgical curriculum is described in detail throughout the website.   All residents participate in research and are encouraged to develop either clinical or basic science projects. You will be immersed in a scientific environment that will stimulate you to think about questions that you would like to try and answer.

I view my role primarily as one to develop the perfect balance of all these activities. To spend just enough time in lectures and small group discussions, just enough time being the primary provider of eye care with supervision, and just enough time watching our great subspecialists perform the art that they have perfected.   There is much more to see here!  Welcome, and we look forward to having you learn as much about our program as possible. 

Sincerely,

Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

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Dr. Pyatetsky

Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD

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Dmitry Pyatetsky, MD discusses the Ophthalmology Residency Program at Northwestern.