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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute 50th Anniversary Reunion & Scientific Meeting

1967 Residents at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

1967 Residents at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute.

Wendy Lee, M.D., F 04

Fellow, 2004

My memories are fairly cheesy, but honestly:

When I first matched at BP, I was elated, but slightly intimidated to go to such a high profile institute. The minute I arrived I was overcome by a sense of relief and comfort. I felt completely at home because of the warm, family-like atmosphere and camaraderie. At the same time I was in awe that Bascom Palmer was successful at achieving what seems like the impossible: a #1 eye hospital, brilliant physicians, all of whom are gurus in their subspecialties, yet completely approachable and incredibly NICE!! Each has a high level of integrity and a sense of humility. As an oculoplastic surgery fellow, I committed to 2 years of the hardest work I would have yet to do: 24/7 with a new 4 month old! Yet every day I would drive to work and think to myself, “I am the luckiest person on earth!”

Dr. Tse, Dr. Johnson, and Dr. Neff guided me through my 2 year fellowship, providing me with invaluable skill and knowledge in a very unique, effective manner that was the most conducive to intellectual growth. Dr. Tse, as my formal preceptor, was the best role model I could have hoped for. He himself is the most skilled surgeon I have seen. He teaches in a manner that is very non-threatening yet challenging. Besides molding me into a good surgeon and thoughtful clinician, his nurturing led me to love oculoplastic surgery.

Wendy W. Lee, M.D.

Assistant Professor
Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery, Orbit and Oncology
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
University of Miami Miller School of Medicine