• Dominique Salh, Clara Long, Laura Wu, Andrew Samuel

Event Summary: Dalhousie University CaRMS Meet the Program Info Session

Source: Dalhousie University website

The Dalhousie University Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences held their virtual CaRMS Meet the Program Info Session on December 9, 2021.

  • The PGY1 year is spent rotating through relevant specialties, including 6 weeks of ophthalmology in the emergency eye clinic.

Rotations that include call: ENT, plastics, neurology, internal medicine

Rotations that do not include call: Emergency, pediatric rheumatology, pediatric neurology, neuroradiology

  • PGY2 is on-service and focused on the emergency eye clinic.

  • A major strength of this program is proximity to patient care. Most residents live within 15 minutes of the Victoria General Building, IWK Children’s Hospital, and Halifax Infirmary. All hospitals are within walking distance of each other.

  • A large number of staff are involved in resident teaching, which takes place for 1 hour, 3-4 mornings per week.

  • Buddy call continues throughout R2, but some shifts are solo starting the second half of R2. Staff are very supportive.

  • There is 24/7 access to the dry lab including the Eyesi surgical simulator, and daytime access to the wet lab.

  • There is lots of exposure to the OR, beginning in R2.

  • Halifax is a beautiful coastal city and is quickly growing. Previous residents have enjoyed hobbies like bouldering, hiking and sailing! Halifax is known for its delicious restaurants and vibrant nightlife.

To learn more about the Dalhousie University Ophthalmology program, please visit https://medicine.dal.ca/departments/department-sites/ophthalmology.html and follow them on Instagram @dalophtho