The ophthalmology residency program at University of Colorado focuses on the development of outstanding clinical and surgical skills. Our residents experience is both broad and deep, with extensive exposure to the evaluation and management of both common and rare ophthalmic diseases.
Our residents' growth is assisted by faculty dedicated to resident education, cutting-edge research programs that keep them up-to-date on the latest developments, teaching sessions that build a solid fund of knowledge, and busy clinic settings that balance autonomy and oversight. At the end of the program, residents have a foundation that allows them to become highly competent leaders.
After the intern year in partnership with the University of Colorado Department of Internal Medicine, residents complete three years of ophthalmology training. Here, they attend science lectures and journal clubs given by faculty to enhance their fund of knowledge and their ability to review literature critically. Weekly clinical conferences give them experience
presenting cases as well as exposure to a variety of approaches in disease management. Organized wet labs guided by faculty allow them to hone their surgical skills prior to working on live patients.
As the only academic medical center for hundreds of miles, our residents have the advantage of working at a range of unshared university-affiliated hospitals that see patients from the entire state of Colorado as well as surrounding states. These include a Veterans Administration Hospital, Denver Health Medical Center, Children’s Hospital Colorado, and the Sue Anschutz-Rodgers Eye Center. The high surgical volume and balanced clinical experience at these facilities allows for an exceptional learning environment. We are proud of our training program and our residents, and we constantly strive to maintain an environment that allows them to develop into skilled ophthalmologists.
Training begins in July for six first-year residents. Appointments to the residency program are made through the Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program via the SFMatch. Our joint intern year in partnership with the Department of Internal Medicine is required and instructions for matching into that program through ERAS/NRMP are distributed to applicants that match to our ophthalmology program. Graduates of foreign medical schools may be considered for the residency if they are eligible to obtain a physician license from the Colorado Medical Board.