Education - Duke Eye Center
Duke Eye Center Training
Duke has trained excellent professionals in eye care since the 1940s and has graduated more than 400 ophthalmologists during that time, with many entering into academic positions. In addition to our commitment to continuing medical education, we provide the following programs for aspiring eye-care professionals:

Residency Program

The Duke University Residency Training Program in Ophthalmology is one of the most highly regarded ophthalmology programs in the nation.  Its longstanding reputation comes from its association with an internationally renowned eye center, state-of-the-art facilities, a full range of clinical and surgical experiences and, most importantly, the sincere commitment of the faculty to resident education.

Fellowship Program

The Fellowship Programs at Duke University Medical Centerís Department of Ophthalmology afford an outstanding opportunity to receive clinical and research training for those interested in pursuing specialty training in all fields of ophthalmology, including cornea and external diseases/refractive surgery, glaucoma, vitreous-retina, oculoplastics, pediatrics, and neuro-ophthalmology.

One of our highest priorities at Duke Eye Center is to foster the education of the next generation of clinician-scientists. In order to help achieve this goal, a Clinical/Research track, which essentially adds a year of research training to the traditional clinical training, is available for each subspecialty fellowship.

Medical Student Education

The Duke Eye Center is dedicated to providing outstanding instruction in ophthalmology to all medical students. We offer medical students the opportunity to work with and learn from Duke Eye Centerís clinicians and researchers who are at the forefront of groundbreaking work that is being accomplished in ophthalmology today.

Ophthalmic Technician Program

Ophthalmologists in hospitals and private practices all over the United States employ ophthalmic medical technicians to assist in caring for patients with eye disease or injury. They initiate patient exams, measure and record visual status, perform diagnostic procedures, assist in clinical and surgical settings, and are valuable members of the eye care team. Duke Eye Center, a top-five ranked ophthalmology facility, recognizes the need for well-trained ophthalmic medical technicians, and has sponsored this accredited, one-year, technician-level certificate course for more than 20 years.

View the video "The Inquisitive Clinician: Life in Your "Clinical Laboratory"; Looking Ahead to Your Career and How to Avoid a Mid-Life Crisis" from Duke Eye Center Chairman, David Epstein, MD. 

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