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 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.
At 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 ranked in the top 10 in ophthalmology in the country for 21 years by U.S. News & World Report. For more on the institute, read the USC Roski Eye Institute Annual Report.
A Unique Experience
The 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 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 seven fellows in four specialties: glaucoma, medical retina, retina, and cornea in 2015.
Continuing Medical Education (CME) has expanded, with weekly grand rounds, specialty lecture series, resident case presentations, and the first annual ocular oncology conference. To illuminate USC’s excellence in education, a special “44 Years of USC Ophthalmology” symposium coincided with our resident graduation on June 15, 2019.
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.
- Biomedical engineering, which includes the artificial retina and long term drug delivery implants
- Stem cell research for macular degeneration
- Imaging of the eye and the brain for early detection of eye disease in collaboration with The USC Institute of Neuroimaging and Informatics
- Assessment of the burden of eye disease in vulnerable communities and its impact on their quality of life
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 program please contact Program Coordinator Ty Christopher by calling (323) 409-5233 or by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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The USC Department of Ophthalmology is dedicated to world class patient care, research, and teaching of medical students, residents and fellows under the organizational umbrella of the USC Roski Eye Institute and the Los Angeles County (LAC) Hospital Department of Ophthalmology. LAC Department of Ophthalmology is academically affiliated with USC Keck School of Medicine, with all members of the USC Ophthalmology faculty cross-privileged at LAC as well as Keck School of Medicine (USC Care) facilities. Residents are supervised and trained by full time USC Keck School of Medicine faculty, voluntary part time faculty from the community, well as cross-appointed faculty at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) and the Veteran’s Administration (VA) in downtown LA. We train six residents per year. Residents are primarily based at LAC for their first and third years of training, and spend significantly more time at the USC Roski Eye Institute, CHLA & the VA during their second year of residency. A unique aspect of our program is our LAC longitudinal clinic wherein residents follow patients for three years through initial evaluation, diagnosis and any procedures or surgical interventions the patients may need. We continue to provide integrated exposure to clinics, conferences, and operating room at LAC, CHLA, VA and USC Roski Eye Institute throughout the course of their 3-year training. Collectively these institutions provide a wealth of opportunities for the trainee, given the degree, diversity and breadth of clinical material, faculty expertise, within a very supportive environment.