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Ophthalmology Residency Overview

Thank you for your interest in the University of Chicago Ophthalmology Residency Training Program.  Our residency program is designed to provide a graduated experience leading to independent responsibility in the medical and surgical management of all ophthalmic patients.  The three year residency offers a diversity of clinical settings, patients and pathology. Training is centered at the University of Chicago Medical Center, with additional experiences at the University of Chicago’s educational affiliates, NorthShore University HealthSystem and Weiss Memorial Hospital. Three first year residents are selected to begin training each July 1st after completion of an approved 12-month internship. Positions are filled through the Ophthalmology Matching Program. Information and applications may be obtained from the Ophthalmology Matching Program, P.O. Box 7584, San Francisco, CA 94120-7584, (415) 447-0350, www.sfmatch.org.  

Residency Highlights

  • Surgical experience as a primary surgeon commences in the first year of residency
  • Phacoemulsification cataract extraction training begins in the second year of residency
  • Refractive keratoplasty training is provided in the third year of residency
  • Exposure to a highly diverse patient population between the University of Chicago Medical Center, Weiss Memorial Hospital and NorthShore University HealthSystem
  • Access to a surgical wet lab equipped with operating microscopes, surgical instruments and a phacoemulsification machine to practice surgical techniques
  • Access to the University of Chicago John Crerar Medical Sciences Library, which houses over 1.4 million volumes and offers electronic (and remote) access to thousands of journals, including all of the major ophthalmic publications
  • Opportunities for research (clinical and basic science) are abundant and one resident research project is required yearly. All faculty are actively engaged in research and welcome resident participation 
  • Opportunities for non-conventional, cross-disciplinary research are available, in conjunction with faculty from the University of Chicago’s Biological Sciences Division, Booth School of Business, and Harris School of Public Policy
  • Residents are encouraged to submit posters to ARVO and the Academy and if accepted, reimbursement is provided for meeting expenses
  •  All third year residents attend the American of Academy of Ophthalmology Annual Meeting
  • Residents complete one system-based practice project per quarter. For each project, the resident identifies an area of the healthcare delivery system that can be improved upon that is pertinent to the University of Chicago eye service. The resident devises and enacts a plan of improvement and reports findings to faculty and housestaff
  • Residents aid in the education of University of Chicago medical students by teaching ocular and periocular dissection in the gross anatomy cadaver lab. In addition, residents also supervise Student Sight Savers screening events for diabetic eye disease and glaucoma
  • In accordance with a University of Chicago tradition, faculty, residents and fellows meet once a month for drinks and conversation at the historic Quadrangle Club on campus
  • With three residents per class and two fellows, there is great camaraderie among housestaff, who often spend free time together
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