The Ophthalmology Residency Program is designed to provide a broad educational experience in all aspects of ophthalmology. Residents are given the opportunity to work beside experienced subspecialists and to perform research. Modern, fully-equipped examining lanes and operating suites are provided at principal rotation sites which include the Harvey & Bernice Jones Eye Institute, Arkansas Children’s Hospital, and the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital.

The three-year program prepares graduates for the challenge and complexity of future practices in ophthalmology through training in the latest scientific and technological advances. Our comprehensive curriculum allows residents to benefit from a very broad clinical and surgical experience. They develop valuable expertise in many subspecialty areas during their three years of study.

Being the only Ophthalmology Training Program in Arkansas, our residents have an excellent volume, and well-balanced clinical and surgical load of patients. Our extensive faculty of subspecialists makes us the region’s largest ophthalmologic specialty group. We have an active community-based faculty allowing residents to develop close working relationships with both generalists and specialists.

Training includes three Resident Morning Conferences per week which cover materials in preparation for taking the OKAP (Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program) examination annually, and ultimately, for successful completion of Ophthalmology Board examinations following the residency. Residents also attend weekly Problem Case Conferences, monthly Journal Club Meetings, Pathology Conferences (every eight weeks), and periodic Continuing Medical Education courses.

The Arkansas Lions Eye Bank & Laboratory provides each resident two important Ophthalmology references for his/her personal use – The American Academy of Ophthalmology’s Basic and Clinical Sciences Series and the Principles and Practice of Ophthalmology multivolume textbook edited by Albert and Jakobiec. The initial volumes are a gift from the Eye Bank; residents must purchase annual supplements.

First Year

The first year provides an opportunity for residents to improve clinical skills and assume increasing levels of responsibility in the clinic setting, as well as in surgery. First year residents learn fundamentals of refraction and basic eye examination. Weekly tutorial sessions for the first year resident are conducted with a member of the faculty. First year residents have graduated patient care responsibilities during their year with rotations at UAMS Medical Center and the VA Medical Center.

Second Year

Residents continue to build their experience while they hone clinical and surgical skills in ophthalmologic subspecialities during the second year. Surgical responsibilities increase as they advance through their residency. The resident has clinical rotations at UAMS Medical Center, the VA Medical Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital

Third Year

The resident assumes maximum responsibility for patient care during the final year of residency training. Each resident becomes Chief Resident during his entire senior year with rotations at Jones Eye Institute, the VA Medical Center, and Arkansas Children’s Hospital. The chief resident supervises day-to-day activities and contributes greatly to the teaching of junior residents both in surgery and in the clinical setting.

To apply, a completed application must be processed through the Central Application Service (CAS) and submitted along with your dean’s letter [after November 1.] With the exception of the dean’s letter, we will not accept any material after Nov. 1. For more information, please e-mail OphthalmologyResidency@uams.edu or you may e-mail the program director, Paul Phillips, M.D.

Download the UAMS College of Medicine Resident Handbook here.

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