Dr. Mishari Dahrab

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Program Highlights

The Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences provides high quality ophthalmological care for the population of Nova Scotia & Atlantic Canada, delivers excellent medical education programs and conducts internationally recognized research in a collaborative and innovative environment. Our training program strives to maintain an environment of inquiry and scholarly activity, through research, education and innovation. Lectures and seminars covering a comprehensive academic curriculum take place during the protected academic half-day every Wednesday morning. The academic curriculum covers all areas of the specialty as well as various CanMEDS roles. Apart from the academic half-day, the program includes a variety of other activities including sub-specialty teaching sessions each week, grand rounds, journal clubs, visiting professor program & surgical skills labs

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General Information


The first year will provide a broad clinical background for residents entering ophthalmology and to prepare them for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examinations Part II. The resident will rotate through various areas of medicine and surgery, as well as neurosciences (neurology, neurosurgery, neuroradiology), pediatrics and ophthalmology. These rotations take place both in Halifax and Saint John, New Brunswick, to ensure an optimum learning experience. The resident attends a Canadian Ophthalmology Basic Sciences Course at the end of that year.



The resident will spend this year primarily involved in the ambulatory care of eye patients at the Eye Care Centre (located in the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences complex), rotating through general and subspecialty clinics. A research project will be started with dedicated time throughout the entire four core ophthalmology years.



The resident will be involved with rotations through other specialty services at the QEII and the pediatric service at the IWK Health Centre. The residents will begin to participate in ocular surgery and continue their research. The resident may attend a 4-week Basic Science Course in PGY3 or PGY4 year (such as Lancaster, Stanford, or Houston review courses).



Intraocular surgery experience will be a significant focus of this year with necessary emphasis on modern surgical techniques including cataract surgery. The surgical skills will be practiced in our state-of-the-art surgical skills laboratory. The resident will provide consultation to the QEII Health Sciences Centre. A community-based rotation is included. Elective time is also available.



This year will comprise further rotations through the various services. Elective periods are provided where the resident will be encouraged to seek training and experience outside of Halifax. Rotations through general and specialty services will be provided to meet the individual needs of the resident and to prepare for the upcoming Royal College Examinations. A community-based rotation is included. Surgical experience will continue during this year. Further research opportunities are available.



In our program, the minimum requirement for research includes three presentations at the Annual Departmental Research Day. Various awards are available for outstanding projects, as well as travelling funds for their presentation. The two winning papers at the Departmental Annual Research Day are awarded prizes that include support for national and international meeting presentations. In addition, the Dalhousie Medical School offers a Clinician Investigatorship Program, which supports one full year of research during residency to help establish a potential career as a clinician scientist for worthy candidates. In ophthalmology this is offered between the PGY-3 and PGY-4 years. Basic and clinical research in visual sciences and oculogenetics are now well established at the medical school at Dalhousie. Residents can benefit from these exciting and rewarding research opportunities.

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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for Dalhousie University - Ophthalmology - Halifax.
New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-8 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Call Stipends
Frequency of Calls
l in 4 in-hospital and for home call
Maternity Leave Top Up After One Year’s Service
eligible for up to a maximum of 17 weeks top-up allowance for maternity/pregnancy leave
Provincial Health Insurance
Extended Health Insurance
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
CMPA Dues Paid
Dental Coverage
Statutory and Floating Holidays
Long-Term Disability Insurance
66.7% of salary
Life Insurance
$100,000 of insurance
Sick Leave
Updated June 21, 2023

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Halifax, an Atlantic Ocean port in eastern Canada, is the provincial capital of Nova Scotia. A major business centre, it’s also known for its maritime history. The city’s dominated by the hilltop Citadel, a star-shaped fort completed in the 1850s. Waterfront warehouses known as the Historic Properties recall Halifax’s days as a trading hub for privateers, notably during the War of 1812.

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