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Research Letter
July 2012

Disclosure of Resident Involvement in Ophthalmic Surgery

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Program in Liberal Medical Education (Ms Chen) and Division of Ophthalmology, Warren Alpert Medical School (Ms Chen and Dr Greenberg), Brown University, and Section of Ophthalmology, Providence VA Medical Center (Ms Chen and Dr Greenberg), Providence, Rhode Island; and Departments of Ophthalmology and Public Health Sciences, Penn State College of Medicine, Hershey, Pennsylvania (Dr Scott).

Arch Ophthalmol. 2012;130(7):932-934. doi:10.1001/archophthalmol.2011.1905

An important objective of ophthalmic graduate medical education (GME) is to provide sufficient surgical training to ophthalmology residents so they are competent to enter comprehensive ophthalmic practice. This objective, however, must be balanced with a commitment to provide high-quality patient care, which includes respecting patients' preferences to be informed about the degree of resident involvement in their eye surgery.1-4 Currently, the prevalence and details of disclosure policies regarding resident participation and barriers to their implementation in US ophthalmology GME programs are unknown. To help benchmark current practices and assist programs in formulating strategies to implement full disclosure policies, we surveyed US ophthalmology GME program directors (PDs) to determine current practices and policies regarding disclosure of resident involvement in ophthalmic surgery.