How do you learn how to use the slit lamp before you do a rotation?
The phoropter was not something I saw as important.
It's good to know how to use a 20 with an indirect, but again how will you learn before you start the rotation?
The only way I can think of that you could show up and know how to use those things are maybe shadowing a private practice retina doc beforehand... But maybe you have a plan for how to get good beforehand?
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Well shadowing would be my best bet, but again, you don't get many opportunities to work up patients during shadowing. I'm just trying to figure out how students get the most out of their rotations if they lack most of the basic skills and have to spend several days to weeks picking it up. How long does it usually take new residents to learn all the steps?
And RestoreSight, thanks for that response. I'll keep that in mind.
Obviously, knowing how to use the slit lamp and phoropter is key to being successful on your rotation. What other ophtho-related skills should students acquire before they start?
Nothing. My first day on rotation, I didn't even know how to turn the slit lamp on. Exam skills will come naturally with time. Personality, work ethic, and not being an annoyance will serve you very well.