The UC San Diego Ophthalmology Residency Program emphasizes excellence, ethics, and humanity while training residents to become exceptional ophthalmologists equipped to succeed in any aspect of Ophthalmology, be it academics, research, or the private sector. The overarching goal is the acquisition of the knowledge, skills, clinical judgment, and attitudes necessary to provide skilled and compassionate care to patients. During the program’s three years, residents are provided with clinical exposure in our several facilities to gain mastery of the knowledge and judgment needed while assuming increasing levels of responsibility for the medical and surgical management of patients with a wide variety of acute and chronic Ophthalmological disease. Because we recognize that Ophthalmological education continues beyond the residency training years, we emphasize the importance of self-directed study habits. Contact the residency office by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Twelve residents are on board as of 2014—up from the nine, we had in 2012. While training at our multiple facilities, each resident is exposed to a high volume of cases in a diverse patient population with a wide variety of ophthalmic needs—all of this while being given increasing responsibilities in a one-on-one teaching environment with our attendings.
To give you an idea of what our dozen residents might experience, here are some data from our department’s 2018 Annual Report:
• A combined 154,593 patient visits (all sites)
• 6,087 surgeries
• 67 NIH grants
• 182 publications
• 35 clinical trials
• Patient age span from 1 to 108 years of age
• 14 US patents issued by the faculty
• Received 21 invention licenses
• Created 15 start-up companies
• 227 faculty and staff 293 Lectures
• 456 Residents & Fellows trained since 1972 from 31 countries
• 1,474 EyeMobile Free Vision Screenings in San Diego County
• 1,628 Free pairs of glasses given by the EyeMobile
The 91,000’ square Shiley Eye Institute includes the Ratner Children’s Center, the Jacobs Retina Center, and the Hamilton Glaucoma Center—clinics, surgery suites, research labs, administrative space, and, in the main Shiley building, the Weyland Residency Library. Because we are a multi-facility department with a complex patient profile, the clinical and surgical experience of the UC San Diego Ophthalmology resident is outstanding. Several Faculty have been added in the past couple of years which has opened up more surgical opportunities to residents, as evidenced by the following surgical totals reported by our recent graduates:
• For the combined 2014- to 2018, total procedures averaged over 1000 per resident year as the primary surgeon
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