Integrated Internship

Starting July 2021

Starting in July 2021, the New York Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medicine Ophthalmology Residency Program will be a 4 Year program with an Integrated Internship.

Our new, multi-specialty, fully integrated internship was thoughtfully designed to complement the subsequent three years of ophthalmology residency. This formative year has distinct educational advantages relative to traditional preliminary internships. 

Each incoming resident will begin their PGY1 year in the Department of Ophthalmology at Weill Cornell to orient them to the Department, New York Presbyterian Hospital, Weill Cornell Medical College, and New York. A total of three months will be spent in in Ophthalmology learning the fundamentals and principles of the ophthalmic exam, patient workup, and basic ophthalmic surgical technique.  The remaining months include judiciously selected rotations with allied specialties. These include rotations in Emergency Medicine, Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Neurology,Neuro-Radiology, Dermatology, and Internal Medicine, including Endocrinology, Infectious Disease, and Rheumatology(at the Hospital for Special Surgery, one of the top rheumatology hospitals in the country). 

Each of these electives provide the future ophthalmologist with world-class exposure to the evaluation and management of systemic diseases with common ophthalmologic manifestations, and advances collegiality between the physicians with whom each resident will work throughout their training and careers. Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for mentorship, research, and longitudinal exposure within ophthalmology.