Thank you for your interest in our ophthalmology training program at the Washington University School of Medicine and Barnes-Jewish Hospital. We are extremely proud of our department and its three-year program with its emphasis on education, basic science, and clinical research. Each year we accept five residents who undergo training in eight subspecialty rotations, supervised by 44 clinicians and scientists. Additional teaching by 40 part-time clinical faculty compliments the educational process.
The philosophy of our ophthalmology training program is to provide a comprehensive introduction to ophthalmology through an in-depth clinical experience. We stress independent responsibility for patient care under faculty supervision, as well as subspecialty experience on specific rotations. The demands of clinical training are considerable including the didactic conferences and supplemental educational programs. Furthermore, we believe that the most effective method of education is by personal contact with physicians who can serve as role models for future careers. Therefore, there is very close contact between the faculty and housestaff.
The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is nationally recognized for outstanding basic and clinical science research programs. Housestaff are encouraged to participate in these programs. However, it is recognized that the primary responsibility for our residents during their three years of training is the development of a strong basic foundation in clinical ophthalmology. Opportunities exist for extended research training as a supplement to the clinical training program.