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Residency Planning FAQs - Ophthalmology

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Why do students choose to train in your specialty? What is it they find attractive?

Ophthalmologists enjoy the best of both the medical and surgical worlds. We deal with medical problems, decisions, and management of ocular diseases, and are intimately involved in surgical eye care. More often than not, outcomes are excellent with restoration of vision, and very gratifying for the patient and physician. Recent advances in the surgical correction of refractive errors has a also generated a lot of interest among ophthalmology applicants. Additionally, ophthalmologists enjoy a less hectic lifestyle than many other medical practitioners.

What are the top 10 training programs nationally in terms of overall reputation?

Some of the top training programs in Ophthalmology include:

  • The Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary
  • The Wilmer Institute (Johns Hopkins)
  • Emory University
  • Jules Stein (UCLA)
  • University of Miami (Bascom Palmer)
  • University of Iowa
  • University of California, San Francisco
  • Yale University
  • Kellog Eye Center (University of Michigan)

What are some good regional programs?

Good regional programs include the University of Maryland, the Wilmer Institute, Wills Eye (Jefferson), Georgetown, George Washington.

What are the strengths of the program here at the University of Maryland?

The strengths of our program include: young faculty who are easy to get along with and eager to teach, state of the art facilities, strong lecture schedule, exposure to a wide variety of ocular conditions, strong laser and surgical loads, and foreign surgical mission trips.

What are the factors you look at when evaluating an applicant from most important to least important?

Some of the most important factors we look for in candidates include personality (must be able to work with others), strong recommendations, board scores, previous ophthalmology exposure (electives, research, presentations, publications), and motivation for going into ophthalmology.

What advice do you have for University of Maryland students interested in your specialty?

Our students should attempt to get at least one elective month in ophthalmology, attempt to be involved in ophthalmic research, be visible in ophthalmology training programs, and talk to ophthalmology faculty members about ophthalmology, our program, and their goals and expectations of a residency training program in ophthalmology.

If students have more questions, whom in your department should they contact and how can they reach them?

They may talk to any faculty member. You can find a list of primary facutly and their contact information here.

Visit the Department of Ophthalmology Website