Ophthalmology Residency Program

Each year, 27 residents gain outstanding and rigorous clinical experience in the Department of Ophthalmology as a result of high surgery volume and clinical pathology. We accept nine residents each year; an internship is required prior to residency.

We strive to provide the best ophthalmic education possible. Didactic lectures presented by our full-time and clinical faculty cover all the basic science and clinical topics, as well as lectures that help fulfill ACGME competencies in medical knowledge, professionalism, system-based practice, practice-based learning and improvement, and interpersonal and communication skills.


  • Clinical optics
  • Ophthalmic pathology and intraocular tumors
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • Orbit, eyelids, and lacrimal system
  • External disease and cornea
  • Intraocular inflammation and uveitis
  • Glaucoma
  • Lens and cataract
  • Retina and vitreous
  • Professionalism, ethics, and advocacy
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Socioeconomics and systems-based practice
  • Practice-based learning and improvement
  • Biostatistics

Residency Characteristics

  • ACGME accreditation: Ongoing, with the longest possible five-year review cycle. The Ophthalmology Residency Program exceeds the minimum ACGME requirements in all surgical categories.
  • A large heterogeneous patient population
  • An appropriate balance of supervision and autonomy in clinics
  • Supervision in surgery
  • Significant intraocular surgery before entering third year of residency
  • Full-time subspecialty faculty (minimum eight)
  • In-house intense didactics, including practice management and coding
  • Fellows who complement and do not detract from residency
  • Exposure to wet labs (close geographical proximity to Alcon, with hands-on phaco wet lab led by UT Southwestern Medical Center faculty at least twice a year)
  • Up-to-date equipment and adequate number of examination and ORs
  • Good ancillary services and support personnel
  • Cutting edge approach to surgery, including advanced phaco techniques and refractive surgery
  • Good esprit de corps among residents and faculty
  • Scholarly environment with strong clinical and basic research by faculty (who publish)
  • Associated with nationally renowned medical school
  • Serves a growing patient population


Graduating residents average the following number of surgical cases for which they are the primary surgeon (Source: 2014-2015 academic year)

Cataracts and intraocular lenses 252
YAG laser procedures 28
Strabismus surgery 36
Corneal surgery 29
Keratorefractive surgery
 (as either primary surgeon or assistant)
Glaucoma surgery 12
Glaucoma laser procedures 73
Retina surgery
 (as either primary surgeon or assistant)
Retina laser procedures 177
Other retina
 (including vitreous tap/inject)
Oculoplastics/Orbital surgery 70
Trauma surgery (open globe repair, removal of intraocular foreign body) 10
Total all primary surgery procedures 1,041

We far exceed minimum surgical requirements for training as established by the ACGME.