Ophthalmology Residency Curriculum

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 are conducted with a member of the faculty. During their first year, residents can expect graduated patient care responsibilities, with rotations at UAMS Medical Center and the VA Medical Center.

Second Year

During their second year, residents continue to build experience while honing clinical and surgical skills in ophthalmologic subspecialties. Surgical responsibilities increase as they advance through their residency. Clinical rotations during the second year include the UAMS Medical Center, the VA Medical Center and Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

Third Year

During their final year, residents assume maximum responsibility for patient care. Each resident becomes the Chief Resident during their entire senior year, with rotations at the 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 clinical settings