List of Key Videos for Residents

A young doctor in training asked me to put together a list of key videos prior to her first day in the operating room. While now has close to 1000 articles/videos, that can make it intimidating to an inexperienced surgeon. The number that we have added to the videos indicates our reference number and not an order or a cumulative total. This is why you will see videos with non-consecutive reference numbers.

If you are an experienced surgeon, then the best way to learn is to subscribe to our free daily email so that our article/video of the day can be delivered directly to your inbox. After a few months, you will be amazed with the valuable pearls that you have learned. For resident surgeons, you will be better off starting with these basic foundational videos listed below. If you are my resident at Olive View UCLA Medical Center, these videos are the bare minimum required to operate.

These are suggested starting points based on year of residency training. The typical USA training is 4 years of university for a bachelor’s degree, 4 years of medical school for MD degree, 1 year internship (PGY1), then 3 years of residency training (PGY2, PGY3, PGY4). PGY stands for post-graduate year since these are the years after completion of the MD degree. A one or two year sub-specialty fellowship is optional after residency training.

Start with understanding the learning grid of ocular surgery, and then go through the videos listed below. Remember, this is just the start — you need to watch many more videos than this!

PGY2 Residents (first full year of ophthalmology residency in USA)

PGY3 Residents (junior year of ophthalmology residency in USA)

PGY4 Residents (senior year of ophthalmology residency in USA)

Each of the above is a link which will take you to the appropriate article/video. Remember to always prepare in advance, prior to coming to the operating room. You cannot be a blank slate and expect your professor to spoon-feed you the knowledge. You must learn as much as possible before coming to the operating room and then your professor will happily clarify the techniques and judgment needed for excellent ocular surgery.

The video below is your benchmark for cataract surgery. This is performed by a senior resident and the case is shown from two angles to maximize your learning. ALL residents should be able to perform at this level by the time of graduation. Time to step up your game!


    1. thank you, be sure to subscribe to our free daily email — we will send a new video to your inbox every day.

  1. I am about to start with Phacoemulsification and these videos and explanations are perfect! Thank you so much for all the time and effort you are putting in these videos and the website!

      1. learning alot from ur simplified techniques sir …couldn’t find video on scleral fixation….plz send me link if any

  2. Can’t thank you enough! Incredible videos, I’m at the beginning of phaco journey and your videos helped alot.

  3. Thank you so much for all the time and effort you are putting in these videos and the website

  4. Thabkyou so much sir. I am a first year ophthalmology resident from pakistan, i just discovered this website and i think this is GOLD. Im Doing residency in a setup with limited resources, this website will help ALOT in learning all the delicacies that we have take in consideration. May God bless you sir 🙂

  5. thank you for all you gave to young ophthalmologists , as you became a mentor for all of us around the world

Leave a Reply