Welcome to the clinical clerkship with the PCOM Department of Ophthalmology.
Program Director: David M. Ringel, D.O.
Co-Program Director: Kenneth C. Heist, D.O.
1. Gain perspectives on ophthalmic basic science & clinical ophthalmology.
2. Introduction to the key principles underlying ocular structure, function, and pathology.
3. Practical exposure to ophthalmic disease, patient care, and treatment strategies.
4. Observation of various types of ophthalmic procedures and surgery.
As a student you will, at your own pace, learn to take a focused ophthalmic history, examine patients, and assist with in-hospital consultations. You will also be introduced to ophthalmic surgery, including cataracts, cornea, glaucoma, retina and oculoplastics. This is a "hands on" rotation and we consider our students part of the eye clinic team.
Our residents and attending physicians gather routinely for journal club. Activities at these meetings vary and include case discussions, journal topics, presentation of landmark research publications, and wet labs. Finally, formal lectures occur each morning at Wills Eye Institute. In addition to these formal daily lectures, there is weekly tumor conference and retina imaging conference – also at Wills. Attendance at the Wills Eye Institute conferences is not mandatory but highly recommended. You may wish to preview the lectures held during your rotation by going to www.willseye.org and clicking on the month’s bulletin under CME. You will have the opportunity to spend a few clinic days at Wills while on rotation with us.
While on our service, you should be motivated to improve your skills in ophthalmic history and examination. Specifically, we want you to learn slit lamp biomicroscopy, direct ophthalmoscopy, indirect ophthalmoscopy, and applanation tonometry. Towards the end of your rotation, we want you to gain enough skill to primarily assess selected outpatients.
We want to engage you not only clinically but academically. Therefore, the student will make one 10–15 minute presentation on the topic of his or her choice to the residents and attending physicians on service. This may be as formal as a PowerPoint lecture or as simple as a discussion with a hand-out. Either way, we just want you to learn.
Your rotation will entail a varied experience with the attendings with whom we rotate. The main preceptor will be Dr. Heist, comprehensive ophthalmologist. He is co-program director. Our other main sites are Lankenau Hospital which provides comprehensive ophthalmology, resident clinic, oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology, and retina. The Moore Eye Institute provides various subspecialties including comprehensive ophthalmology, cornea, glaucoma, retina and pediatrics. There are two other resident clinics in south Philadelphia in which you may attend during your rotation.
The three-year ophthalmology residency program at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine prepares residents to be confident and well-qualified in both ophthalmologic surgical procedures and ophthalmologic office practice. It is designed so that residents, through comprehensive didactic and clinical training, meet the basic requirements for board certification in ophthalmology.
During internship, the ophthalmology PGY-1 resident spends two full clinical months on the ophthalmology service and is encouraged to participate in resident clinic throughout the year. A basic science course beginning the first year leads to observation of cases, participation in patient care and review of radiologic films. The first year resident also partakes in the introductory course and a 1 month pathology rotation held at Wills Eye along with the other residencies in the Philadelphia area. Instrumentation study and wet lab prepare the resident to perform some surgical and laser procedures under supervision. During the second year, residents see patients in the clinic and gain increasingly varied surgical experience with cataract, cornea and advanced anterior segment surgery, glaucoma, vitreo-retinal surgery, strabismus, blepharoplasty, ptosis repair, ectropion/entropion, lid reconstruction, and orbital surgery for fractures, thyroid disease, tumors and more.
During the third year, residents are responsible for pre- and post-operative patient care and to expand their surgical knowledge in all the subspecialties mentioned above. The resident performs surgeries of greater complexity and assists attending physicians on additional cases. Third-year residents are also responsible for training medical students, interns and junior ophthalmology residents in the clinics.
David M Ringel D.O.
Program Director PCOM Ophthalmology
Kenneth Heist, D.O.
Co-Program Director PCOM Ophthalmology
Sheila K. Sullivan D.O. PGY-4
||Sheila K. Sullivan D.O, is the chief ophthalmology resident at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Lakewood, CO, Sheila earned a bachelor’s in science from Colorado State University in 2004. She attended medical school in Iowa at Des Moines University, while achieving high honors graduating in the top 8 students. Sheila has a strong interest in medical mission work and was able to go to Belize on a mission trip prior to attending medical school. |
In her free time Sheila enjoys spending time with her husband and two children as well as outdoor activities and sewing
Mark W Beyer D.O. PGY-3
||Mark W Beyer D.O, is a second year ophthalmology resident at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Newtown, PA, Mark earned a bachelor’s in science and graduated Summa Cum Laude from the University of Scranton in 2005. He worked as an athletic instructor and youth hockey director before attending medical school at University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey-School of Osteopathic Medicine. His interest in ophthalmology started at a young age working in his father’s office. |
In his free time Mark enjoys football, hockey, snowboarding, the beach and spending time with his fiancé.
Vivien Au D.O. PGY-2
||Vivien Au D.O. is a first year ophthalmology resident at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. She graduated from Emory University with a double major in business and music. After working in public accounting, she returned to pursue a career in medicine and graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine-Georgia Campus in 2011. |
On her free time, she enjoys photography, music, traveling and art.
Douglas Mazzuca Jr D.O. PGY-1
||Douglas Mazzuca Jr. D.O. is an ophthalmology intern with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Originally from Hockessin, DE, Douglas earned a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering from Villanova University. After working for a few years in construction and patent law in Washington D.C., Douglas decided to switch career paths and attend medical school. He graduated from Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in 2012. He is currently an Intern with PCOM and will be joining the ophthalmology residency following his internship. Doug hopes to join his father’s ophthalmology practice after graduating.|
On his free time Douglas likes skiing, playing tennis, cooking, and "going down the shore" in the summer.
Jacqueline R. Carrasco, M.D., F.A.C.S
Residency Coordinator for Lankenau Hospital
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
Ralph J. DiGiovanni, Jr., M.D.
Lankenau Resident Clinic Director
Hugo M. Linares, D.O.
Robert B. Penne, M.D., F.A.C.S.
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
Louis X Santore, M.D.
Chief of ophthalmology Lankenau Hospital
Robert C Sergott, M.D.
Moore Eye Institute/Hospital Affiliations
Cynthia Alley, M.D
Residency Coordinator for Moore Eye Institute
Pediatrics and Strabismus Surgery
Nancy Crawford, M.D.
Leonard H. Ginsburg, M.D., C.D.E
Founder of Moore Eye
Kenneth C. Heist, D.O.
Ravi Patel, M.D., M.B.A.
Director of Resident Education at Moore Eye Institute
Cornea/Advanced anterior segment surgery
Deepta Rawat, M.D., M.S.
South Street and Roosevelt Blvd Clinic:
Jurij R. Bilyk M.D.
Oculoplastics and Orbital Surgery
Jennifer K. Hall M.D.
We look forward to getting to know you. Please contact us through the email address below with any questions that you may have or to set up a rotation.