Swedish Covenant Hospital has a long history as a training center for residents and medical students. In fact, the residency program is the second oldest in the city of Chicago. Our residents, along with physicians, oversee 40-50 medical students rotating through the hospital and affiliated primary care centers per month. To improve the training of medical students and residents, donations have funded the purchase of technology to improve the way students and residents observe ophthalmic surgeries.
Surgeries of the eye are microscopic, which makes observation by students difficult without advanced technology. Residents, as well as medical students from St. George’s, University of London are required to observe several ophthalmic surgeries during their training. Funds will purchase new video equipment, so that that residents and medical students can gain the most from their surgical experiences.
The new digital camera will attach to a microscope and project on a monitor creating the opportunity for medical students and residents to observe even the most intricate ophthalmic surgical procedures such as cataract removal, glaucoma correction and corneal surgery.
The equipment also has a second benefit: it will allow the surgical staff to more closely follow the procedure and anticipate the surgeon’s needs, thereby improving patient safety and outcomes.