About Residency and Fellowship

Learn. Teach. Explore.

We appreciate your interest in learning more about our world-renowned educational programs. At the University of Southern California, we have a long and proud history of training many of the world’s leaders in ophthalmology and vision science. Our students, residents, and fellows are exceptional individuals who have chosen to train with us — we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity. Our training is provided at four hospitals, including the USC Roski Eye Institute at Keck Medical Center of USC, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Los Angeles County Hospital (LAC), and the VA Downtown Los Angeles Medical Center, where we offer unparalleled clinical, surgical, and academic opportunities to excel, develop, and achieve one’s educational goals. We invite you to come and explore all we have to offer and experience the energy that abounds here.

USC Department of Ophthalmlogy Los AngelesAt the USC Roski Eye Institute, education is one of our defining principles.

We are committed to delivering interactive and enriching educational programs at all levels — from medical students to residents to fellows. Our attending faculty place a high priority on academic medicine and mentorship. We take great pride and satisfaction in providing sound and robust ophthalmological exposure to our future physicians. We are equally passionate about creating an academic environment for sub-specialists to develop into future leaders in ophthalmology.

The USC Roski Eye Institute is proud to have been a nationally top ranked ophthalmology program for 22 consecutive years & counting by U.S. News & World Report. For more on the institute, read the USC Roski Eye Institute Annual Report.

A Unique Experience

ophthalmology-researchThe USC Roski Eye Institute provides a unique residency and fellowship training experience. Training is provided at four hospitals: USC Roski Eye Institute at Keck Medical Center of USC, Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles (CHLA), Los Angeles County Hospital (LAC), and the VA Downtown Los Angeles Medical Center. Most notably, LAC provides an unparalleled environment for world class, direct, hands-on training in both clinical and surgical sub-specialties of ophthalmology. Staffed by leading experts in the field, fellows and residents have the extraordinary opportunity to directly interact with patients, see a wide range of conditions, and deliver exceptional care to those who are suffering the most.

The educational curriculum for medical students in their second through fourth years is currently being expanded with increased and revamped didactic education, use of 3D models and imaging, and increased ophthalmology rotations for medical students. The USC Roski Eye Institute continues to prepare some of the best-trained physicians in the world. All third-year residents who applied for sub-specialty fellowships were matched with their first choice in programs. The USC Roski Eye Institute’s fellowship program welcomed 10 fellows in six specialties: glaucoma, medical retina, retina, cornea, neuro-ophthalmology and oculo-facial plastics in 2016.

Continuing Medical Education (CME) has expanded, with weekly grand rounds, specialty lecture series, resident case presentations, and our first annual winter symposium #Trending Topics in Ophthalmology @ The Terranea. To illuminate USC’s excellence in education, a special “42 Years of USC Ophthalmology” symposium will coincide with our resident graduation on June 2, 2017. Further, the USC Roski Eye Institute recently debuted California’s first certified ophthalmic technician education program (OTEP), one of only 13 in the nation.

A Resident’s Personal Account

“Throughout college and medical school, it was my dream to become a USC ophthalmology resident. Our LA County hospital offers an unmatched clinical experience. Its indispensable continuity clinic provides a unique first-hand clinical experience and autonomy, which builds confidence in clinical decision making capabilities. It is a privilege to work with the most grateful patients I could ever imagine. In addition to our incredible county hospital experience, our USC Roski Eye Institute provides the opportunity to see how ophthalmology is performed in a private setting.

Our surgical training is outstanding – not only coming from our experienced clinical faculty, but also complemented by volunteer faculty in the community, providing us with multiple different approaches to mastering complicated surgical techniques. Finally, our faculty are world-renowned yet warm, approachable, and incredibly supportive (it is not uncommon for us to call our attending physicians on their personal cell phones for advice during off-hours, if necessary), establishing a wonderful culture with many opportunities to conduct research.” – Dr. Lloyd Cuzzo, Co-Chief Resident (2014-2015).

Unparalleled Research Opportunities

Home of the first FDA-approved artificial retina, we take great pride in our academic leadership and culture of innovation. Medical students, residents and fellows have the opportunity to work with faculty who are making groundbreaking advancements in the field of ophthalmology. As one of the most highly federally funded eye institutes in the world, the USC Roski Eye Institute is paving the way, collaborating across disciplines, with various schools, industry and institutions. The USC Roski Eye Institute provides an interdisciplinary environment for those who have a passion to be an important part of internationally recognized, cutting edge science.

The ground-breaking work being done in these areas is leading the way to improving our understanding of eye disease at the highest level.

To learn more about the USC Roski Eye Institute residency and fellowship programs please contact Program Coordinator Ty Christopher by calling (323) 409-5233 or by sending an email to tyaisha.christopher@med.usc.edu.

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