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Resident First to Win National Award

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (Feb. 18, 2008) − Setting a new precedent in surgical excellence, Gary Wortz, resident at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, won first place in the American College of Eye Surgeons (ACES) 2007 Bloomberg Memorial Resident Videotape Competition for cataract/implant surgery. This is the first time in the competition's 10 year history that a UK resident has won first place.

In the only national competition for ophthalmology residents to compete in for surgical excellence, residents from all over the country send in videotaped cataract/implant surgery performed entirely by the resident. The criteria for winning the award are similar to the standards used for certification in cataract/implant surgery by the American Board of Eye Surgery (ABES). The video competition has served as a forum for ophthalmic residents to be competitive in an environment that also acknowledges their surgical abilities as students.

The cash prize of $3,500 was presented at the annual ACES meeting in San Juan, Puerto Rico Feb. 8 - 12.

 
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