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.
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.