Overview of the Specialty
Ophthalmology deals with the structure, function, diagnosis and treatment of the eye and the visual system. It provides patients with total eye care using medical, surgical and rehabilitative services. Ophthalmologists typically work with a broad range of patients and usually over a long period of time.
The length of training in ophthalmology must be at least three years. All applicants entering an ophthalmology training program must have taken a general postgraduate clinical year of training in a program accredited by the ACGME or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. There were 116 ophthalmology residency training programs accredited by the ACGME for 2014/15 that offered 465 advanced positions.
Matching Program Information and Match Statistics
Ophthalmology residency training programs participate in the Ophthalmology Matching Program through SF Match (sfmatch.org). Match results are summarized in the U.S. Match Statistics table below. The ophthalmology matching process is one of the "early match" programs: the matching process is generally completed in late-January (about six weeks prior to the NRMP).
Source: SF Match (sfmatch.org) Opthalmology Residency Match Report. *Competitiveness is based upon the percentage of U.S. Seniors who ranked each specialty as their only choice.
WUSM Match Statistics
For a list of WUSM match statistics for the past several years, please visit Search for WUSM Statistics. You will need to log in with your Medpriv account.
Subspecialty/fellowship training following completion of an ophthalmology training program is available in cornea/external disease, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, ophthalmic pathology, oculoplastics, pediatric ophthalmology, vitreoretinal disease, and uveitis/immunology. Detailed information about the scope of these subspecialty training programs, number of positions offered and length of training is available in the GMED. Further information can be obtained from the American Medical Association and the Fellowship and Residency Electronic Interactive Database Access page.
American Medical Association (AMA)
FREIDA physician workforce information for each specialty includes statistical information on the number of positions/programs for residency training, resident work hours, resident work environment and compensation, employment status upon completion of program and work environment for those entering practice in each specialty.
Washington University Resources
Washington University Graduate Medical Education: GME
Information about graduate medical education at Washington University
Washington University Department Website:
Department Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Faculty Contacts: Ophthalmology
Susan M. Culican, MD, PhD
Morton E. Smith, MD*
John Lind, MD
|Arsham Sheybani, MD
Ophthalmology Elective Recommendations
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National OrganizationsAmerican Academy of OphthalmologySF Match for Ophthalmology