1756: PodCast 4: Tom Oetting MD

Dr Tom Oetting is a celebrated cataract surgery teacher and he has really pioneered much of the online learning in that regard. He has helped to create EyeRounds.org which is a tremendous learning resource for ophthalmologists around the globe. His phaco teaching manual, Cataract Surgery for Greenhorns, has been used by countless aspiring ophthalmologists around the world. And he is a large part of the reason why the University of Iowa is consistently ranked as one of the best ophthalmology residencies in the USA.

In the latest Ophthalmology Times ranking, the University of Iowa was ranked as the #2 ophthalmology residency program. The place where I spent more than twenty years as teaching faculty fell from the top 5 to #11 uh oh! Maybe it was due to my retirement from that program – lol, joking! don’t blame it on me 😉

We talked about so many great topics in this podcast including the best way to learn cataract surgery, how to approach patients about having a resident do their procedure (under supervision), the future of ophthalmology, and so much more. We had so much fun and it was so engaging that we lost track of time and ended up going for almost 2 hours. This is a podcast that you want to download and listen to while you’re commuting to work or exercising.

We are planning on hosting two podcast interviews per month, on the second and fourth Sundays, and we will have them uploaded to all major podcast services (click links here: AppleGoogleSpotify) I am really excited to share these amazing podcasts with you. The full video of the podcast will also be here on CataractCoach as well as on our YouTube channel.

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  1. 2 people I have so much respect for! Both of you are such great teachers and have given so selflessly to shaping the careers of young eye surgeons. It’s a pleasure to listen to you both!

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