Research is an integral part of the residency, with the residents and faculty at California Pacific Medical Center actively involved in many clinical and multicenter projects. Prior to the beginning of residency, incoming residents who are off-cycle (see The Staggered Start) can take advantage of a funded pre-residency research fellowship to get a head start on research projects. Second and third year residents are required to actively participate in some area of investigation of their own choosing, in conjunction with members of the Department of Ophthalmology or The Smith-Kettlewell Eye Research Institute. Opens new window
The Pacific Vision Foundation supports educational and research activities within the department. Research results are presented at the Barkan Society Research Symposium at the end of each academic year.
Residents are also sponsored to present research findings at national meetings. Recently, residents have presented at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AA0), Association For Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), the International Congress of Ocular Oncology, the Pacific Coast Oto-Ophthalmologic Society and the International Society of Refractive Surgeons.