Ophthalmology Business

MAR 2018

Ophthalmology Business is focused on business topics relevant to the entrepreneurial ophthalmologist. It offers editorial, opinion, and practical tips for physicians running an ophthalmic practice. It is a companion publication of EyeWorld.

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6 Ophthalmology Business • March 2018 by Liz Hillman, Ophthalmology Business Staff Writer Fewer residents entering ophthalmology medical career. But how much easier would the choice have been if she'd had mentors in the field or had been introduced to it as an option earlier? Dr. Scott now advocates for both, especially considering a recent paper that surveyed medical students' perception of a career in ophthalmol- ogy. 1 A questionnaire given to 114 medical school students (89% com- pleted) shortly after their residency Match Day looked at why they were not choosing ophthalmology as a career path. The top cited reason was an insufficient amount of interest (68.1% among non-underrepresented minority residents and 86.7% among underrepresented minority residents). hoping for a bit more leeway as new- bies at the time, it put her on a new career path. "I was completely taken with surgery and I started to love it," Dr. Scott said. "I knew after that rotation, the nature of being procedure-orient- ed, that it required manual dexterity, that's something that fit for me." Knowing she wanted to maintain a certain lifestyle and have long-term relationships with patients, Dr. Scott said ophthalmology came to her after examining all the different surgical subspecialties. Ophthalmology was a field she decided to enter through her own deduction of what she sought in a Survey of medical students shows "insufficient interest" as the main reason A drienne W. Scott, MD, assistant professor of oph- thalmology, Wilmer Eye Institute, Bel Air, Mary- land, didn't begin her medical education with her eye on entering ophthalmology. She enjoyed working with children and thought pediatrics would be a good fit. But when she and a friend chose to do their surgical rotation first as part of their clinical rotations, to tackle the hardest rotation first,

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