UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute The Viterbi Family Department of Ophthalmology UC San Diego Shiley Eye Institute
by name
Afshari, Natalie A. Baxter, Sally L. Borooah, Shyamanga Brown, Stuart I. Camp, Andrew Do, Jiun Ferreyra, Henry A. Freeman, William R. Goldbaum, Michael H. Granet, David B. Haw, Weldon W. Heichel, Chris W. Hennein, Lauren Huang, Alex A. Huang, Lingling Kikkawa, Don O. Kline, Lanning Korn, Bobby S. Lee, Jeffrey E. Liu, Catherine Y. Moghimi, Sasan Movaghar, Mansoor Nguyen, Thao P. Nudleman, Eric Puig-Llano, Manuel Robbins, Shira L. Rudell, Jolene Savino, Peter J. Scott, Nathan L. Spencer, Doran B. Toomey, Christopher B. Vasile, Cristiana Weinreb, Robert N. Welsbie, Derek S.
by specialty
Comprehensive Ophthalmology Cornea & Cataracts Dry Eye Clinic Glaucoma Neuro-Ophthalmology Ocular Oncology Ophthalmic Genetics Ophthalmic Pathology Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Ophthalmology Informatics and Data Science Optometry & Low Vision Pediatric Ophthalmology & Eye Alignment Disorders Refractive Surgery / LASIK Retina & Vitreous Thyroid Eye Clinic Uveitis
by condition
AMD (Age-related Macular Degeneration) Cataracts Corneal Conditions Cosmetic Surgery Diabetic Retinopathy Eye Cancer Eye Movement Disorders Glaucoma Hereditary (Genetic) Disorders Low Vision Neuro-Ophthalmic Conditions Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery Pediatric Conditions Refractive Errors Retinal Diseases Strabismus (Strabimus) Thyroid Eye Disease Uveitis
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Mentorship & Wellness


UCSD ophthalmology residents benefit from a collegial culture within the department that encourages collaboration and mutual learning. Faculty are excited about mentoring UCSD ophthalmology residents. There are opportunities for formal mentorship (e.g. via the residency research program) or for informal mentorship. The department hosts various community-building activities throughout the year to foster relationships among faculty, staff, and trainees, including a start-of-the-year welcome party, holiday celebrations, potluck lunches throughout the year, graduation ceremony at the end of the year, and additional ad hoc social events. For residents who are interested in serving as mentors themselves, there are also peer mentoring programs (such as the RISE program in the School of Medicine) and opportunities to mentor medical students interested in ophthalmology.


Our department prioritizes wellness of all of our team members, including residents and fellows. Below are just a few examples of how we support wellness and balance.

Ginger Wellness App

Caring for the health of our residents and fellows:

  • Ginger app for mental health support
  • All GME physicians at UCSD have free access to live sessions with board certified psychiatrists, completely anonymous

Primary care concierge services - taking care of our physicians

  • Private line and access to UCSD health care providers – to take care of our own health
  • Dinner provided at every resident didactic session


Our Philosophy

  • We’re proud of our trainees, who will one day be our colleagues
  • We celebrate achievement, and support our trainees through the residency years
  • Residents voices matter - residents join in the monthly education committee meetings to discuss new issues as they arise to leadership

Wellness activities - Better Together

  • Activities range from small group discussions on topics related to residency life, preparing and planning for career, journal clubs, and get-togethers with current faculty and graduated alumni


Wellness built into lecture curriculum

- past small group discussions have included:

  • Imposter syndrome: small group discussion
  • Time management tips
  • Financial pearls for residents
  • Sleep and emotional support
  • Preparing for post-graduation Board Exams: hands-on Workshop
  • Diversity and inclusion journal club, hosted in faculty’s house
  • Grand Rounds invited guest speaker on Wellness topics

Summer Welcome

Some activities in recent years include:

  • Ping Pong Tournament - staff, faculty, and trainees
  • Taco truck Welcome event for new residents and fellows
  • Ice Cream Social
  • Summer Beach New faculty and trainee welcome event
  • Career planning dinner: perspectives from previous alumni

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Alumni Testimonials

UCSD Glaucoma Fellows

Interview with Residency Director, Jeff Lee, MD

Meet Robyn And Learn More About The Program

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More Questions?

Contact us for any remaining questions about residency at Shiley Eye Institute.


The Shiley Eye Institute is a full-service facility offering everything from basic eye exams to the most advanced diagnostic tests and sophisticated surgery from world-renowned physicians and staff.


9415 Campus Point Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0946

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