Dr. Stacy Pineles discusses the additional degree opportunities within the residency program at the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA.
Stacy Pineles, MD, from the Jules Stein Eye Institute at UCLA discusses the programs available to ophthalmology residents who want to maximize their time. Within their residency program, future ophthalmologists can pursue a PhD or three-year post-doctoral degree, earn an MBA or become board certified in genetics.
Dr. Stacy Pineles: At our residency program, we have incorporated several mechanisms by which residents can obtain advanced degrees in multiple areas in order to enhance their training.
The three programs we have right now that are very unique—I think we're probably the only program that's doing two of them—include the EyeStar program in which residents can obtain a PhD or a three-year post-doctoral degree if they've already received a PhD during their residency.
The second is the EyeMBA, which is a program in which residents can earn an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA during the residency with one extra year.
And the third, which is a new program that we just matched our first resident into, is an Eye[STAR] Genetics program, where residents take extra time during the residency to do a full genetics training, and they actually become board certified in genetics, in addition to board eligible in ophthalmology.
Note: This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.