Educational Resources

At Casey Eye Institute, protected time is set aside every Friday morning for teaching. No resident clinics are scheduled on Friday mornings.  A formal course for residents provides instruction in all areas of ophthalmology and in practice management. Faculty members lead the lectures, which are structured around the core information provided in the basic and clinical science course from the American Academy of Ophthalmology. Current Schedule



  • Fundamentals and principles of ophthalmology, ethics
  • Optics, refraction, contact lenses and low vision rehabilitation
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • Orbit, eyelids and lacrimal system
  • External disease and cornea
  • Retina/vitreous, uveitis and ocular tumors
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens, cataract surgery, anterior segment trauma
  • Socioeconomics of health care, cost-effective medical practice, ophthalmology advocacy

Lectures are given on a recurring basis, with the series cycle completed approximately every two years. Residents are given assignments in specific textbooks and/or papers that are of particular benefit. Prior to the lectures, information is provided regarding the topics to be covered. Residents are expected to review the material prior to each lecture.

In addition to formal teaching exercises, the following conferences are held:
  • Casey Eye Institute–Devers Eye Institute (DEI) Collaborative Grand Rounds (twice a month): Subspecialty topics presented by Casey and Devers faculty members and renowned visiting guest speakers. Attended by residents, faculty and ophthalmologists in the community.
  • Glaucoma conference (monthly): Attended by CEI & DEI glaucoma faculty. Residents present cases for discussion.
  • Photography conference / Inpatient consultation conference (every two months): Residents and faculty present photographic cases of patients.
  • Posterior segment / fluorescein conference (twice a month): A case-based conference presented by retina fellows and retina faculty.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology conference (monthly): Attended by residents, CEI & DEI neuro faculty and fellow.
  • Uveitis conference (monthly): Attended by residents, CEI uveitis faculty and fellows.
  • Neuroradiology conference (one to two times per month): Presented by an OHSU neuroradiologist, this case-based conference emphasizes radiographic features of ophthalmic pathology.
  • Pathology conference (monthly): A case-based conference presented by our ocular pathologist/oncologist and chair, David Wilson, M.D. Attended by residents.
  • Cataract surgery and case management conference (every 2 months): Senior resident presentations of difficult to manage medical and surgical cases.
  • Journal Club (monthly): Hosted monthly by a faculty member, this is a popular forum for residents to review recent literature.

We also host a named lecture series with talks by renowned guest speakers. Named lectures include the Kenneth C. Swan Lecture in Glaucoma, the Leonard Christensen Lecture in Ophthalmic Pathology, the Robert C. Watzke Lecture in Retina, the Frederick T. Fraunfelder Lecture in Corneal and External Diseases, the William T. Shults Lecture in Neuro-ophthalmology, the John L. Wobig Lecture in Oculoplastics, the James T. Rosenbaum Lecture in Uveitis and the James W. Damon Lecture in Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus.

All residents participate in the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP). This written examination is held each spring in a format that prepares residents for the written qualifying examination.

Finally, residents have protected time to attend local ophthalmology conferences. These include the annual meeting of the Oregon Ophthalmological Alumni Association, the Oregon Academy of Ophthalmology, Thorny Issues in Ophthalmology and Casey-Devers Research Day.