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 2014 Annual Report:
• A combined 106,470 patient visits (all sites)
• 4,862 surgeries
• 29 NIH grants
• 205 publications
• 29 clinical trials
• Patient age span from 1 to 105 years of age
• Shiley received a $6.5-million research gift
• 227 faculty and staff
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 2012-2013 and 2013-2014, total procedures averaged 957 per year, with phacoemulsifications alone averaging 345 per year.
• The June 2014 graduates alone averaged 1063 procedures and 411 phacoemulsifications.
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