Welcome to the new academic year with one of our favorite lectures that is perfect for any student or resident brushing up their skills to see patients, with our award-winning faculty Dr. Paul Gaudio. 

This was released last year as part of our "Buddy Call" series, designed for new residents about to take call. If you liked this episode, you can search for our other Buddy Call episodes to learn more!

This week, we talk with the program directors at UC Davis, the Wilmer Eye Institute and Yale about all the questions you had about applying for residency, especially in the time of COVID19. Topics ranged from application timing, how to contact your dream program for an interview, how much Step 1 and 2 really matter and much more.

If you are applying, please help with a survey being conducted by a team from around the US about how COVID19 is impacting your application cycle; we hope this will give program directors information which will make for a more fair application process:


If you have any questions or concerns about the survey, please contact Ninani Kombo, MD, at Ninani.kombo@yale.edu. If you have questions about your rights as a research participant, or you have complaints about this research, you can call the Yale Institutional Review Boards at (203) 785-4688 or email hrpp@yale.edu.

Finally, check out Dr. Jay Sridhar's excellent interview of this same panel at his podcast "Straight from the Cutter's Mouth" where he discusses medical education and how to be a program director:


This week, an unusual case of high eye pressure is brought to us by Dr. Michael Park, current Yale Chief Resident. Tune in to help us solve this medical mystery!

May 27, 2020

Vitreous Hemorrhage

This week, we review an organized differential diagnosis for vitreous hemorrhage for when you encounter it in the emergency room and clinic.

April 29, 2020

Ocular Radiation

We discuss the different types of radiation used in ophthalmology, and the ocular side effects of radiation. 

Many of ophthalmology trainees have or may be pulled soon to help staff the inpatient wards or the ICU give the current COVID19 pandemic. This week, we talk with Dr. Yuri Matusov, soon to be chief Pulm/ICU fellow at Cedars-Sinai Hospital, about how he takes COVID19 patients inpatient and in the ICU, geared for the outpatient specialist!

We review the Large, Medium and Small COMS studies, which have helped shape our understanding and management of ocular melanoma, and are foundational for any ophthalmologist to understand.

Also, dear listeners our frequent co-host Amanda Redfern is running a survey:

Are you a current ophthalmology resident or recent ophthalmology residency graduate? If so, I am conducting a survey on attitudes toward the intravitreal administration of anti-VEGF agents by non-retina specialists. It is a short, 5-10 minute, anonymous survey. All participants will have the opportunity to enter a raffle for a $100 amazon gift card. If you are interested in participating, please click the survey link below. https://yalesurvey.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_56AACi2Tb7JBZo9

March 18, 2020


We discuss the corneal, trabecular, lenticular, and retinal manifestations of congenital aniridia, as well as the need-to-know genetics, with a sidebar here and there.

We wish our listeners around the world safety and good health as we all deal with the COVID19 pandemic. We plan to still be with you with weekly episodes as we all push through this together. #TeamOphtho


March 11, 2020

Axenfeld Rieger Syndrome

This week we tackle Axenfeld Rieger syndrome, as well as take detours into comparisons with ICE syndromes, and genetics of other anterior segment disorders.

February 27, 2020

ICE Syndrome

Unthaw your understanding of the Iridocorneal Endothelial (ICE) syndromes; Essential Iris Atrophy, Chandler Syndrome and Cogan-Reese Syndrome. 

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