The Duke University Residency Training Program in Ophthalmology is one of the most highly regarded ophthalmology programs in the nation.
The Duke University Residency Training Program in
Ophthalmology is one of the most highly regarded ophthalmology programs in the
nation. The Duke programís goal is to train highly competent and ethical
physicians who can contribute to their field either as comprehensive
ophthalmologists or as subspecialists.
Duke has been training excellent professionals in eye care
since the 1940s and has graduated more than 400 ophthalmologists, with many entering
into academic positions. The three-year residency program at Duke
includes clinical and surgical training in each of the subspecialty areas as
well as in comprehensive ophthalmology. Residents also rotate through
local Veterans Administration Hospitals. A broad spectrum of
intradepartmental and university-wide research opportunities exists for
Through a unique elective program, Duke ophthalmology
residents are able to spend a rotation during their final year of training pursuing
an experience tailored to their individual research or clinical interests
(whether around the country or around the world) to help jump start their
future careers. Past residents have taken part in laboratory research,
worked with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration Center for Drug Evaluation
and Research, and participated in international humanitarian eye care efforts.
Previous residents have traveled to Tanzania, India, Singapore, Syria and
The Department of Ophthalmology maintains a chief resident
position, typically filled by a graduate of the residency program. The
chief resident leads morning rounds on weekdays, providing a daily forum for
discussion of challenging diagnostic problems, previous admissions, surgical
management and administrative issues.
Perhaps the greatest strength of the Eye Center is the
quality and breadth of the faculty in the Department of Ophthalmology. The
full-time faculty consists of over 70 clinicians and researchers across all ophthalmology
subspecialty areas. These individuals are highly accomplished and
productive academicians, and a number are considered leaders in their fields.
Without exception, the faculty members enjoy teaching and contribute their time
and energy generously to the Residency Training Program.
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.