The Ophthalmology Service offers a three year approved residency training program. Seven first year residents enter the program each July 1 for a total of 21 residents in training. The residents have full responsibility for 42,000 patient visits per year at the outpatient facility at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital and, under graded faculty supervision, perform 2,600 major eye operations per year. The 52 full-time faculty members of the institute see a greater number of outpatients annually and perform a proportionately larger number of major surgical procedures.

Residents during their subspecialty training year have the opportunity to participate in the medical and surgical care of these patients. The resident’s medical and surgical experience is further augmented by integration of the Veterans Administration Medical Center, located adjacent to the medical school complex, into the training program.

ACGME Accredited: Yes
Residents per year: 21 Residents (seven per year)
Duration: Three years
Postgraduate Training Required: Yes, PGY1 level
U.S. Citizenship Required: No

Teaching Hospitals

  • Jackson Memorial Hospital
  • Anne Bates Leach Eye Hospital/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Miami Veterans Administration Hospital
  • Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, formerly known as Miami Children’s Hospital

Residents/Fellows who have graduated our program in the last 10 years obtained faculty positions at:

  • Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary
  • University of California, San Diego
  • Ohio State University
  • Cincinnati Eye Institute
  • University of Miami/Bascom Palmer Eye Institute
  • Stanford University School of Medicine
  • USC Keck School of Medicine
  • Wills Eye Hospital
  • Duke Eye Center
  • New York Eye & Ear Hospital

Graduates of recognized medical schools who have completed a 12-month internship are eligible to enter the program.

Application Deadline 
24 months in advance. Apply through San Francisco Matching Program (www.sfmatch.org).

Interviews generally in December, usually 18 months prior to start date.

During the first year of training, the residents learn the basic techniques of ocular diagnosis and medical management of a variety of ocular diseases and ocular pathology. The second year of training is dedicated to in-depth exposure to the subspecialties of ophthalmology and an introduction to ophthalmic surgery. During the third year, the resident assumes full responsibility for the medical and surgical care of patients with all types of ophthalmic diseases and, in addition, acquires further subspecialty training in the fields of plastic surgery, pediatric ophthalmology and glaucoma. An ongoing basic science course is integrated into the training program throughout the three years of residency.

Board Exam Requirements
USMLE examinations

Educational & Other Experience
A series of lectures and conferences have been developed to provide didactic instruction to residents.  A morning lecture is provided from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. every day of the week except Thursday when Grand Rounds is held from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. An elective rotation provides an opportunity for third year residents to diversify their educational experience. Resident attendance at national meetings is supported by the Department of Ophthalmology. 

Residency training requires exposure to a variety of surgical procedures. A minimum number of surgical procedures in multiple categories is required by the ACGME.  Each resident is responsible for keeping his or her surgical logs updated. The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute residency program is structured like many other training programs in ophthalmology.  The first year of training is mainly spent working in the emergency room and continuity clinics, developing basic examination skills and building a broad foundation of ophthalmic knowledge.  Second year residents spend most of their time rotating through the various subspecialty services—retina, cornea, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and pediatric ophthalmology.  The initial experience with intraocular surgery is also received during the second year, but the majority of surgical training occurs throughout the third year of residency.  Third year residents spend much of their time in continuity clinics signing up surgical cases and providing postoperative care.  Blocked surgical time is allocated to third year residents, and all operations are performed under direct faculty supervision.
The resident must identify the clinical research project objective and supervising faculty member.


  • In-house coverage: one first year resident provides in-house coverage for ABLEH and JMH, i.e. staffs emergency patients and consults. In-house call begins at 5:30 p.m. at night on non-float nights and 7:00 p.m. when the resident is coming from home on the float service. Weekend call (Saturday and Sunday) begins at 8:00 a.m. and continues until 8:00 a.m. the following day. There are seven first year residents that rotate this coverage.
  • Second year coverage: the second year residents on the neuro-ophthalmology and pediatrics services participate in the call rotation and consult with the private attendings when indicated.
  • Third year coverage: one third year resident is on call for a one-week period and covers ABLEH and JMH for medical and surgical consults when called by the first year resident. Call begins on Friday and continues through the following Thursday. There are seven third year residents that rotate this coverage.

The chief resident is on call for ABLEH and JMH patients when consulted by the third year resident.

Kathy Corser
Program Coordinator
Phone: 305-326-6391
Fax: 305-326-6580

Steven J. Gedde, MD
Program Director