The Department of Ophthalmology residency program is a fully accredited program consisting of a one-year internship followed by three years of ophthalmology training. Four residents are chosen each year and, upon completion of the program, are eligible for board certification.
Although competition for these positions is intense, careful consideration is given to every application. Use of the Central Application Service is required for our program. The application deadline is Oct. 15 of each year. For more information, contact:
Interviews are extended by invitation after review of credentials of all applicants by the faculty. Applicants may contact our program at (601) 984-5023 or email Joy Hite.
Our program is a progressive training experience that includes sufficient surgical experience for the finishing resident to be independently comfortable in solo practice. We have 16 full-time and part-time faculty that participate in the education of our residents, giving an excellent faculty to resident ratio.
The residency program is divided into blocks including rotations at both UMMC and the adjacent G.V. "Sonny" Montgomery VA Medical Center and include comprehensive ophthalmology; neuro-ophthalmology; pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus; vitreoretinal; oculoplastics; cornea; glaucoma and pathology. Didactic lectures, grand rounds and Journal Club are regularly scheduled on weekdays.
Since the inception of the UMMC-VA program in 1956, there has always been more than adequate medical surgical experience to meet all the requirements of the accrediting agencies.
Applicants who are selected for this program have the option of completing their preliminary intern year at UMMC as well where up to 6 months of ophthalmology and ophthalmology related rotations are incorporated into the year. Four positions in the Department of Internal Medicine Residency Program are reserved each year for applicants who have matched in ophthalmology. These positions must be applied for and matched through the National Resident Matching Program.
During the PGY-2 year, time is allowed for attendance at the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology in Houston, Texas. Tuition is paid by UMMC.
A set of the Basic Clinical Science Course of the American Academy of Ophthalmology books (home study course) is given to each resident. Lab coats and laundering service are provided by the department. In addition to the Basic Science Course attended during the PGY-2 year, the senior ophthalmology residents attend the Armed Forces Institute of Pathology Course, the San Antonio Ophthalmology Review Course and the American Academy of Ophthalmology, which is paid for by the department.
Fifteen working days of vacation are allowed each year.