Residency Training

The Ophthalmology residency program at IU School of Medicine is a three-year ACGME-accredited program that provides excellent educational experience across clinical and surgical subspecialties of ophthalmology. Residents enjoy increasing levels of responsibility within the field as they progress through the program. Six positions are offered annually for the ophthalmology residency program, and appointees must have completed at least one post-graduate transitional year of training at another institution.

Ophthalmology residents are responsible for the examination and evaluation of private and staff admissions as well as the pre- and post-operative management of surgical patients. They also assist with procedures, studies and interpretations, including computerized visual fields, diagnostic ultrasonography, fluorescein aniography, fundus and slit-lamp photography, tonography and the full spectrum of electrophysiologic studies. All residents become well-trained in all aspects of ophthalmic surgeries, including laser surgery. Surgical microscopes with recording apparatuses are used throughout training.

Throughout the duration of the training program, residents can expect to assist in more than 400 surgical procedures and play a primary role in more than 350 cases. They rotate through a variety of clinic settings, including the clinic at the Eugene and Marilyn Glick Eye Institute, which serves as the department’s primary academic and clinical facility for adult services as well as the location for most didactic educational activities. Other clinical settings include the Indiana University Health hospitals of Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Health, the Richard L. Roudebush VA Medical Center and Riley Hospital for Children.

Senior residents have an opportunity to attend the annual American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting. All residents complete the annual Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) in preparation for post-residency board certification. Participation in research is required during the second and third year of residency training, and all residents are encouraged to present their research at national scientific meetings.

First-year residents learn how to use specialized instruments and equipment to diagnose and treat common ocular problems. They rotate through the services of ocular pathology, low vision, pediatric ophthalmology and retina as well as the general ophthalmology clinics at the county (Eskenazi) and VA (Roudebush) hospitals. Residents complete initial ophthalmologic evaluations under the supervision of IU School of Medicine faculty and begin surgical experience with strabismus surgery, as all minor surgical procedures are performed by first- and second-year ophthalmology residents.

Second-year ophthalmology residents concentrate on subspecialty training with rotations through oculoplastics, neuro-ophthalmology and the general ophthalmology clinics at the county and VA hospitals with increased surgical and consultative responsibilities. Residents begin to learn techniques of intraocular surgery, including cataract extraction and oculoplastic procedures. Additionally, all second-year residents are expected to present a research paper at IU School of Medicine’s annual Residents’ Day.

During the third year of training, residents gain significant experience as primary surgeons in all areas of ophthalmic surgery, including cataract, cornea, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics and pediatrics. In-depth rotations through these subspecialties augment knowledge and skills obtained during subspecialty rotations in the first two years of residency. Residents in the third year assume more responsibility for patient care in general ophthalmology clinics.

Each year, one senior resident is selected as the chief training resident. This individual is given administrative responsibility for medical student education, grand rounds assignments and training of fellow residents. In addition, a second senior resident is appointed as chief administrative resident and assists department faculty in creating resident rotations and on-call schedules and serves as the liaison between the residents and the department chair and program directors.

Glick Eye Institute Resident Surgical Skills Transfer Course

The annual surgical skills transfer course provides an outstanding opportunity for department residents to enhance their surgical skills and explore new surgical procedures in a setting that is highly mentored by expert faculty and industry partners. This half-day course takes place every year and involves residents from 1 to 3 years.

Admission Requirements

Current medical students and/or medical school graduates interested in applying to the Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program must do so through the SF Match website. All required supporting documentation must be submitted in order to be considered for an interview. Supporting documentation includes a completed application, an official undergraduate transcript, an official medical school transcript and three letters of recommendation.

In addition, non-U.S. medical graduates must provide an ECFMG Certificate, proof of U.S. clinical experience, three letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a preceptor during their U.S. training.