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Career Development -- Ophthalmology

What Does Training Look Like?

Residency for ophthalmology is an additional three years.


There are many subspecialties in ophthalmology including: orbital, lacrimal & oculoplastic diseases; surgery orbital; ocular oncology; cornea/anterior segment; external disease; retina-vitreous diseases; glaucoma; pediatric & strabismus; ocular pathology; and neuro-ophthalmology.

What Does a Typical Workday Look Like?

Physicians who specialize in ophthalmology typically work 50 hours per week. Estimates of how time is spent includes 4 hours per week on lectures and didactics; 3 ½ days per week in clinic; ½ a day to 1 day a week in surgery across all rotations; and on-call from home two days per week.

Important Qualities and Traits

Qualities recognized as important to ophthalmology include:


  • attention to detail
  • manual dexterity
  • compassion
Shadowing Opportunities

For shadowing opportunities, please contact Susan DeRocha.
Research Opportunities

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Metzinger for more information about research opportunities in ophthalmology.


Additionally, students may want to pursue research opportunities through the DeBakey Scholars Program. This program offers medical students the opportunity to pursue and complete a longitudinal, structured, closely supervised research experience culminating in a capstone presentation prior to graduation. For more information, contact Dr. Kenneth Mitchell.

Specialty Interest Group

The Tulane Ophthalmology Interest Group (TOIG) seeks to:


  • Increase medical student exposure to the field of ophthalmology, as well as the diagnosis and management of common eye diseases.
  • Help provide guidance to students interested in ophthalmology.
  • Help interested students become competitive applicants.


2019 Officers:

President:Vaishali Oza

Treasurer:Sam Miller

Service VP:Carrie Huang and Yonah Levy

Who are the Specialty Academic/Career Advisors for this Specialty?

Please contact Dr. Rebecca Metzinger for further information about careers in ophthalmology.

Recommended T3 & T4 Coursework

Students interested in ophthalmology may want to take clinical or research rotations toward the end of the third year. T4 students should consider OPS, Clinic and Research rotation in addition to away rotations.


Specialty Statistics

Number of Applicants & Positions (from "SF Match Statistics")


Special Considerations When Applying for Residency

Interested individuals should apply through the San Francisco Match system.

Important Advice

If you are interested in ophthalmology, study to score well on the USMLE step exams.

If you are interested in a particular program, away rotations are recommended.


Where Past Tulane Students Have Matched


Program             City State Class Year
St. Louis Univ‐ersity MO ST LOUIS MO 2012
Tulane Univ SOM‐LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2012
Sinai Hospital MD BALTIMORE MD 2012
Tulane Univ SOM‐LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2012
U of South Florida TAMPA FL 2013
Tulane Univ SOM LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2013
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2014
UT Southwestern - Dallas DALLAS TX 2014
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2014
SUNY Buffalo/ Ed. Consort. BUFFALO NY 2014
University of Iowa IOWA CITY IA 2015
University of Maryland BALTIMORE MD 2015
Sinai Hospital of Baltimore-MD BALTIMORE MD 2015
California Pacific Medical Center SAN FRANCISCO CA 2015
University of Missouri - Columbia COLUMBIA MO 2015
U of Arizona College of Medicine at South Campus TUCSON AZ 2016
University of Minnesota-Minneapolis MINNEAPOLIS MN 2016
Eastern VA Med School-VA NORFOLK VA 2017
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2017
U Missouri - Columbia COLUMBIA MO 2018
U Maryland Med Ctr BALTIMORE MD 2018
Tulane Univ SOM-LA NEW ORLEANS LA 2018
Loma Linda University LOMA LINDA CA 2018
U Pittsburgh PITTSBURGH PA 2018
Sinai Hospital - Baltimore BALTIMORE MD 2018
Mount Sinai School of Medicine NEW YORK NY 2019
How Many Programs Should I Apply To?

With strong Step scores, and AOA membership, 4-5 applications should be sufficient. If you do not meet these criteria, apply to as many as you can afford to travel to for interviews and rotations.