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Program Coordinator, Ophthalmology Residency/Fellowship Program
Isabel Perez
Phone: 305-326-6391
Email: IRPerez@med.miami.edu

Application Information

Eligibility:
All positions are filled through the SF Match Program. Students and graduates of U.S. allopathic, U.S. osteopathic and international medical schools are eligible to apply.

How to Apply:
Applications are accepted via the SF Match Program’s Central Application System.

Deadline:
Please refer to SF dates/timelines for application open dates. While there is no deadline, timely submissions by September 1 are appreciated. Interviews are generally conducted in early December.

Call Schedule

Call frequency varies based on location and year of training. Call may be in-house or from home, depending on the rotation.

Locations

Jackson Memorial Hospital

1611 N.W. 12th Avenue

Miami, FL 33136

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Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

900 N.W. 17th Street

Miami, FL 33136

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Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

1201 N.W. 16th Street

Miami, FL 33125

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Nicklaus Children’s Hospital

3100 S.W. 62nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33155

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Program Requirements

Medical Licensing Examination:
All applicants must successfully complete Step 1 and Step 2 of the United States Medical Licensing Examination or Comprehensive Osteopathic Medical Licensing Examination prior to starting the program.

Postgraduate Training:
There is no postgraduate training required.

Visas

The J1-Visa: Alien Physician Program, sponsored by the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates, is the standard visa for residents/fellows who are not U.S. citizens or permanent residents.

For specific program eligibility/qualifications or additional information, please contact:

Lourdes Boet
Hospital Services Supervisor
Physician Services Department

Jackson Health System
1611 N.W. 12th Ave. Suite ET-1004
Miami, FL 33136-1096
Phone: 305-355-1122
Fax: 305-355-1123
Email: LBoet@jhsmiami.org

Ophthalmology Residency

Mission & Vision

The mission of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Ophthalmology Residency Program is to provide outstanding training in the medical and surgical management of ophthalmic diseases, allowing residents to become competent to independently practice ophthalmology.

Mission & Vision

The mission of the University of Miami/Jackson Health System Ophthalmology Residency Program is to provide outstanding training in the medical and surgical management of ophthalmic diseases, allowing residents to become competent to independently practice ophthalmology.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute regards the education of ophthalmology residents as one of its highest priorities, ensuring the future vitality of our profession. The institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. The institute has earned recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the top eye department in the nation. Ophthalmology Times has ranked the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the top Overall Ophthalmology Program, Best in Clinical Care and Best Residency Program in the U.S. Many graduates from the institute’s training programs have become chairs at medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout the world.

Program Director’s Welcome

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute regards the education of ophthalmology residents as one of its highest priorities, ensuring the future vitality of our profession. The institute serves as the Department of Ophthalmology for Jackson Memorial Hospital and the University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine. The institute has earned recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the top eye department in the nation. Ophthalmology Times has ranked the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute as the top Overall Ophthalmology Program, Best in Clinical Care and Best Residency Program in the U.S. Many graduates from the institute’s training programs have become chairs at medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout the world.

A large and diverse patient base supports resident clinics and an extensive surgical experience. The resident clinics and ophthalmic emergency room are conducted under faculty supervision and are structured to provide continuity of care to patients. For example, a patient who is seen by a first year ophthalmology resident in the emergency room will be followed by the same resident throughout the three-year duration of his/her residency. These continuity clinics optimize learning about chronic diseases like macular degeneration and glaucoma, and they parallel the practice of ophthalmology that residents will encounter after completing their training. Residents are educated in the basic and clinical sciences in a highly structured series of lectures covering a broad range of topics in each subspecialty of ophthalmology. All lectures are given by faculty in their subspecialty area.

A large, full-time faculty provides representation and depth in all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology. Subspecialty faculty actively participate in all patient care areas, including glaucoma, cornea/external disease, oculoplastics, uveitis, vitreoretinal disease, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology and pediatric ophthalmology. Staffing of all resident surgical cases and clinics is provided by faculty. Members of the faculty have a strong interest in resident education, outstanding clinical and teaching abilities, and a commitment to scholarly activity.

Residents are actively involved in ophthalmic research. All human subject research is conducted under direct faculty supervision following approval of the research protocol by the University of Miami Institutional Review Boards. The William L. McKnight Vision Research Center contains several basic science research laboratories with opportunities for residents to participate in basic science research. An elective rotation during the third year of residency allows a focused research experience and residents have a 2-week, fully funded international elective in the 4th year. The clinical faculty are actively involved in clinical studies spanning all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology and resident collaboration is encouraged. A full-time biostatistics group assists in study design and analysis of results. Residents are provided with departmental support to present research results at national scientific forums, such as annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and Retina Society. The residents have unlimited access to audiovisual assistance from the Ophthalmic Photography Department.

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is a free-standing eye hospital with an ophthalmic emergency room that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospital contains 24 fully equipped examination rooms that are dedicated exclusively for residents and 96 similarly equipped rooms are shared by residents and faculty. There are nine ophthalmic operating rooms and state-of the-art diagnostic equipment available. Residents have unrestricted access to all supporting diagnostic services, operating room facilities and staff. An ophthalmic library on-site contains more than 15,000 ophthalmic textbooks, subscribes to more than 200 ophthalmic journals and has an extensive collection of instructional videos and slides. The library is accessible during the night and weekend and online access is available for literature searches. Additionally, a general medical library is located directly adjacent to the eye hospital.

-Steven J. Gedde, MD

Description

A large, full-time faculty provides representation and depth in all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology. Subspecialty faculty actively participate in all patient care areas, including glaucoma, cornea/external disease, oculoplastics, uveitis, vitreoretinal disease, neuro-ophthalmology, ocular oncology and pediatric ophthalmology. Staffing of all resident surgical cases and clinics is provided by faculty. Members of the faculty have a strong interest in resident education, outstanding clinical and teaching abilities, and a commitment to scholarly activity.

Residents are actively involved in ophthalmic research. All human subject research is conducted under direct faculty supervision following approval of the research protocol by the University of Miami Institutional Review Boards. The William L. McKnight Vision Research Center contains several basic science research laboratories with opportunities for residents to participate in basic science research. An elective rotation during the third year of residency allows a focused research experience and residents have a 2-week, fully funded international elective in the 4th year. The clinical faculty are actively involved in clinical studies spanning all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology and resident collaboration is encouraged. A full-time biostatistics group assists in study design and analysis of results. Residents are provided with departmental support to present research results at national scientific forums, such as annual meetings of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, American Society of Cataract and Refractive Surgery, North American Neuro-Ophthalmology Society and Retina Society. The residents have unlimited access to audiovisual assistance from the Ophthalmic Photography Department.

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is a free-standing eye hospital with an ophthalmic emergency room that is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The hospital contains 24 fully equipped examination rooms that are dedicated exclusively for residents and 96 similarly equipped rooms are shared by residents and faculty. There are nine ophthalmic operating rooms and state-of the-art diagnostic equipment available. Residents have unrestricted access to all supporting diagnostic services, operating room facilities and staff. An ophthalmic library on-site contains more than 15,000 ophthalmic textbooks, subscribes to more than 200 ophthalmic journals and has an extensive collection of instructional videos and slides. The library is accessible during the night and weekend and online access is available for literature searches. Additionally, a general medical library is located directly adjacent to the eye hospital.

-Steven J. Gedde, MD

Fast Facts

Accreditation

Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education

Number of Residents per Year?

7

Duration of Residency?

3 years

Program Highlights

97% pass rate on American Board of Ophthalmology written & oral examinations over the past 5 years

#1 ranked Overall Ophthalmology Program, Best in Clinical Care & Best Residency Program in the U.S. by Ophthalmology Times

#1 ranked Eye Department in the nation by U.S. News & World Report

Program Curriculum

Year 1 (Internship)

The UM/Jackson Health System Ophthalmology Residency Program has a joint internal medicine internship for the first year. Residents spend 12 weeks of the year on ophthalmology rotations at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Bruce W. Carter Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center.

Year 2

Upon completion of the internship, the second year introduces ophthalmology residents to evaluating patients in the emergency room and continuity clinics at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Miami VA Medical Center. Patients are examined and presented to supervising faculty. First year residents spend time in the Ophthalmic Pathology Laboratory preparing gross specimens for microscopic processing and serving as the initial reader of slides with light microscopy. Experience is gained in performing inpatient consultations at Jackson Memorial Hospital.

Year 3

In year three, second year ophthalmology residents spend most of their time rotating through the subspecialty services. Focused training is provided in glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, retina, uveitis, cornea/external disease, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastics. Second year residents gain surgical exposure as the primary surgeon performing subspecialty surgeries under direct faculty supervision. Surgical procedures include trabeculectomy and tube shunt implantation on the glaucoma rotation, muscle surgery on the pediatric ophthalmology rotation and eyelid procedures on the oculoplastics rotation. Second year residents are also introduced to cataract extraction while working at the Miami VA Medical Center.

Year 4

During the fourth year, third year residents perform a large volume of cataract surgery and subspecialty procedures as the primary surgeon under direct faculty supervision. The majority of time is spent in the continuity clinics providing preoperative and postoperative care to patients. Third year residents play an active role in mentoring younger residents while working in the clinic, emergency room and during inpatient consultations. An elective rotation provides an opportunity for focused ophthalmic research. An international elective allows exposure to the provision of ophthalmic care in other regions of the world for a period of two weeks with full departmental funding.

Your Faculty

Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD
Professor and Chair, Department of Ophthalmology

Steven J. Gedde, MD
Vice Chair, Education, Department of Ophthalmology
Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

Chrisfouad R. Alabiad, MD
Assistant Dean, Student Affairs
Associate Professor, Clinical Ophthalmology, Department of Ophthalmology
Associate Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

Alumni Placements Include:

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Duke University
Kaiser Permanente
Stanford University

Alumni Placements Include:

Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
Duke University
Kaiser Permanente
Stanford University