The residency program meets all requirements of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). More than 300 physicians apply each year for the program’s four , highly coveted, residency positions. Yearly, our clinical staff provides training for twelve residents, four fellows and several visiting international ophthalmologists in addition to teaching several hundred medical students the basics of ophthalmology. The staff also instructs many internists, pediatricians, neurologists and emergency physicians in diagnosis and treatment of eye problems.
The Residency Training Program’s mission is to prepare physicians to become ophthalmologists and leaders in patient care and vision research. They study sub-specialties in a one-on-one relationship with physicians on staff at the Cizik Eye Clinic and at Harris County’s Lyndon Baines Johnson Hospital.
The curriculum provides a balanced exposure to all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology, ensuring graduates the ability to perform general ophthalmology with skill, knowledge and confidence. Areas of study include:
- Cornea, external disease, anterior segment
- Low vision
- Ophthalmic plastic, reconstructive and orbital surgery
- Pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus
- Refractive surgery
- Retina, vitreous
Residents participate in clinical and basic research activities utilizing the staff’s expertise. They submit and present their research at professional meetings and write several papers for publication based on it. The Hermann Eye Fund helps defray their research expenses.