Student Affairs - Career Development -- Ophthalmology
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.
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.
- attention to detail
- manual dexterity
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.
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.
Please contact Dr. Delmar Caldwell for further information about careers in ophthalmology.
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.
Interested individuals should apply through the San Francisco Match system.
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.