1363: reality check for senior residents

For our senior ophthalmology residents in the USA, there are only 5 months left in your training program. It’s time to figure out where your deficiencies lie and then to address them with concentrated effort. If you are going into practice starting in July, this is even more critical since you will be expected to compete with more experienced surgeons in the community. Even if you are planning a fellowship starting in July, that will only grant you one or two more years of surgical training. The jump from training to practice is a big one and there are some unexpected challenges that you may not realize are coming. This video explains more and is full of great advice. And tomorrow’s video is an unedited, real-time cataract surgery by a resident which will show you the skill level you should have achieved by case 100.

click to perform a reality check on your surgical skills:

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one more important announcement:

You can win this contest and get a US$500 check from CataractCoach.com — full info is here.


  1. Other than surgical skill, there are many other issues a young ophthalmologist faces when entering practice:

    1. Where you should live and start your practice.
    2. How to negotiate a contract if joining a practice.
    3. How to start a practice if going solo.
    4. How to hire or fire your office managers and staff.
    5. How to deal with your associates and partners.
    6. How to get on insurance plans and which ones to select.
    7. How to deal with disgruntled patients.
    8. How to deal with patients who are deadbeats.
    9. How to purchase the equipment you need and also can also afford.
    10. How to make time for family so you don’t end up in divorce and your kids in drug rehab .
    11. How to stay healthy and avoid burnout.
    12. How to deal with your first malpractice suit (yes, it will happen to you).
    13. How to plan for retirement (start asap)
    14. Are you good in finances? if not, where should you get your financial advice?

    Bottom line: ophthalmology is actually the easy part. You always watch more videos from Uday and google for the stuff you don’t know. But dealing with people is the hardest part. It has taken me a lifetime to be good at it. It’s the people skill that ultimately counts.

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