Ophthalmology
 

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.

Training Requirements

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).

US Match Statistics

2015

2014

2013

2012

Competitiveness*

High

Interm

High

Interm

# Categorical/ Advanced positions available for U.S. Seniors

465

461

460

461

% U.S. Seniors matched*

89%

91%

89%

90%

# Unfilled Categorical/ Advanced Positions

1

1

5

3

# Unmatched U.S. seniors

51

41

49

45

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

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

Career Information

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

362-5722

Morton E. Smith, MD*

747-5559

John Lind, MD

362-3857

Arsham Sheybani, MD

   747-6554

Ophthalmology Elective Recommendations

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National Organizations

American Academy of Ophthalmology
SF Match for Ophthalmology


At A Glance
Training
1 transitional/preliminary year
3 years of residency
Categorical and advanced
positions available
These are minimum requirements.
Some programs may have longer residencies.
Fellowships
Subspecialty Length
Anterior Segemt Surgery 1 year
Cornea/External Disease 1 year
Glaucoma 1 year
Neuro-ophthalmology 1 year
Oculoplastics 2 years
Ophthalmic Pathology 1 year
Pediatric Ophthalmology 1 year
Retina/Vitreous 2 years
Uveitis/Immunology  1 year
Lifestyle
Median, Academic Salary $304,000
Median, Clinical Salary $370,000
Source:AAMC