Residency Program

The Department of Ophthalmology is very proud of our training programs at the Medical University of South Carolina as our residents, fellows, faculty, and staff are among the finest in the world. Our residency and fellowship offers the best of everything in an ophthalmic education, including a clinical and surgical learning environment that consistently builds skill and confidence. Our programs also emphasize outstanding patient care, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and community service, all of which shape us into highly effective and ethical ophthalmologists. Our faculty is strongly committed to education and a high degree of respect, and the rapport between our residents, fellows, and attendings fosters close mentorships that further our commitment to clinical and academic excellence. Cooperation, work ethic, and collegial friendships among our residents and fellows are equally impressive. The department believes that our ophthalmology training programs rank among the top in the world.

Our three-year ophthalmology residency program is designed to prepare residents with the knowledge and skills for a lifetime of self-education. Residents see patients while developing strong surgical techniques and pursuing research interests. Clinical and research faculty strive to ensure that residents reach their full potential as ophthalmologists. 

All residents receive a wealth of experience beyond the standard rotation. We have resident-run community clinics where underserved patients receive free eye diagnoses and treatment; a resident-developed lecture series and hands-on training curricula that cross department lines to reach other residents and medical students; individual training sessions on state-of-the-art Alcon and Bausch & Lomb platforms; certification on the Catalys Laser system; annual PHACO surgical courses; an advanced rotation at our local Veteran’s Affairs hospital; and the opportunity to contribute to leading edge research projects by working side-by-side with renowned researchers during their three years with us.

All residents are given the opportunity to present at the annual Kiawah Eye Conference, held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It is an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of one of the most extensive and instructive educational conferences in the field of ophthalmology. Distinguished faculty and dynamic researchers come together to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for networking.

Every resident comes to us with a diverse background, and as educators, it is our responsibility to help them develop their strengths and achieve medical excellence in their clinics, surgical suites, and practices both today and in the future.