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Ophthalmology Residency

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Baylor College of Medicine’s residency training program in the Department of Ophthalmology consists of three years of approved training in the Department of Ophthalmology’s Roy and Lillie Cullen Eye Institute and in Baylor's affiliated hospitals. Six positions are available for entry into the first year of residency. The program is designed to train ophthalmologists skilled in all aspects of the specialty, and qualified to pursue careers in comprehensive ophthalmology, subspecialty practice or academic ophthalmology.

In accordance with the requirements of the American Board of Ophthalmology, candidates entering their first year of ophthalmology must have successfully completed a postgraduate clinical year (PGY-1). This program should also be accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Upon satisfactory completion, graduates are eligible to apply for the Written Qualifying Examination of the American Board of Ophthalmology.

The department comprises 25 full-time clinical and 7 research faculty members. See a list of the faculty within the Department of Ophthalmology.

The department is located in the Cullen Eye Institute of the Neurosensory Center. In addition, 28 voluntary clinical faculty members assist in the training program.

The lecture series (in basic and clinical ophthalmology) provides a didactic and hands-on curriculum. This curriculum covers all major topics in ophthalmology in one-year blocks. The series includes lectures, symposia and surgical demonstration courses. Instructors are primarily full-time faculty, but include both local and national guest lecturers.

Policies and Regulation Adherence

All members of the residency staff are expected to know and abide by the policies and regulations of Baylor College of Medicine. In addition to these policies and regulations, they should also abide and know those of the respective integrated and affiliated institutions.

Appraisal of individual performance is maintained through periodic evaluations by faculty members, fellow residents, and the departmental promotions committee to determine reappointment and graduation. Matters of judgment, responsibility and proficiency in medical and surgical management are among the parameters used to appraise trainees at each level. In addition to these parameters, regular attendance at lectures and teaching conferences, and medical ethics are used to appraise trainees.

Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program

All residents participate in the annual Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program examination in April. This examination provides the trainees an opportunity to compare proficiency in basic and clinical science topics with other residents of the same level of training throughout the country. The director of the Residency Training Program serves as an advisor to the residents, guiding them in their educational process and career planning.