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Ophthalmology Residency (Minnesota)


Our integrated PGY-1 Ophthalmology internship curriculum includes 3 months of clinical ophthalmology and 9 months of ophthalmology-customized broad patient care experiences across internal medicine and surgical subspecialties. Comprehensive clinical and surgical ophthalmology training during the PGY 2-4 years encompasses the entire spectrum of ophthalmic care, with focused clinical experience and didactics in all subspecialty areas:

  • Anterior segment diseases
  • Cataract
  • Cornea
  • Glaucoma
  • Medical retina
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ocular oncology
  • Oculoplastic and orbital surgery
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Refraction, contact lenses, and low-vision aids
  • Strabismus
  • Uveitis and ocular inflammation
  • Vitreoretinal surgery

Rotation schedule

Comprehensive ophthalmology 4 months
Ophthalmic pathology and neuro-ophthalmology 2 months
Refraction, contact lenses, and low vision rehabilitation 2 months
Oculoplastic and orbital surgery 1 month
Cornea 2 months
Medical retina 1 month
Medical retina and vitreoretinal surgery 2 months
Glaucoma surgery 2 months
Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus 2 months
Anterior segment and cataract surgery 4 months
Oculoplastic and orbital surgery 2 months
Chief resident, Mayo Clinic 9 months
Chief resident, Minneapolis VAMC 3 months

During the third year, residents rotate for three months at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System. A fully furnished apartment is provided near the VA medical campus

Didactics curriculum

Our program approaches the science and art ophthalmology from a variety of different angles: 

  • Weekly AAO Basic and Clinical Science Course didactic lectures
  • Weekly Department of Ophthalmology grand rounds
  • Weekly resident case conferences
  • Weekly COS rounds on PGY-2-oriented topics (July-December)
  • Weekly case presentation conferences
  • Bimonthly retina imaging (fellow-led)
  • Monthly retina imaging (faculty-led)
  • Semiweekly optics didactics series for PGY-2 trainees (July-October)
  • Ocular pathology didactics
  • Monthly video-based surgical outcomes conferences
  • Monthly subspecialty journal clubs
  • Quarterly morbidity and mortality conferences
  • Quarterly video-based ocular trauma conferences
  • Quality Academy didactics program

 Surgical and Procedural Training

  • EyeSi surgical simulator (24-hour access)
  • Surgical wet lab with eye bank human donor eyes (24-hour access)
  • LASIK certification course
  • Corneal suture course / wet laboratory
  • Oculoplastics suture course
  • Ophthalmology Olympics (procedural training workshop)
  • Dedicated resident retinal laser clinics
  • Resident oculoplastic procedure clinics