1597: Final case of UCLA Residency

I have always marched to beat of my own drum and I never wanted to be in full-time academic medicine where I would give up autonomy. For the past 22 years, I have done a hybrid of both private practice (with a clinic in Los Angeles and a surgery center in Beverly Hills) as well as academics where I taught surgery to the UCLA ophthalmology (Jules Stein Eye Institute) residents. I was able to climb the ranks rapidly: assistant professor at age 31, associate professor at 37, and full professor at 44. And for more than a dozen years, I was even the Chief of Ophthalmology at Olive View UCLA Medical Center, a large academic teaching hospital in Los Angeles.

Each crystal apple is a Surgical Professor Teaching Award. Five in total which is the most awarded in the history of the UCLA Ophthalmology Department / Jules Stein Eye Institute.

Now that I am at the mid-point of my career, it is time to switch gears and retire from direct resident teaching. While the younger people may see this as a “mic drop” moment, I see it as a passing of the baton to the next generation. I have made my mark and achieved everything that I wanted. Now I will be devoting more time to my private practice and surgery center which is busier than ever. I will still be teaching surgery but now primarily to a worldwide audience via these daily CataractCoach videos and from my in-person lectures and presentations.

This video is the final case of residency from a recent UCLA ophthalmology graduate and she does a really nice job with the case. I am certain that this young doctor will continue to hone her skills and blossom into an accomplished surgeon. Lots to learn from this case.

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  1. Dear Prof Devgan,

    No words can convey the impact that cataract coach had had on generations of residents and trainees across the world. A massive thank you from me (VR associate professor in Dublin Ireland ) and a massive thank you from all the trainees. Thank you for sharing the resident videos over the years and I look forward to continually accessing your great site. Good luck in the next phase 👍👍

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