Resident training in the Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences is overseen by Washington University’s Graduate Medical Education Consortium, which governs all residency and fellowship programs at the institution. Stipends and benefits are set by the Consortium, although for administrative purposes our residents are considered employees of Barnes-Jewish Hospital. 


Annual stipends are set at least one year in advance. Paychecks are disbursed on a biweekly basis. 


Benefits are administered through BJC HealthCare, the parent organization of Barnes-Jewish Hospital and St. Louis Children’s Hospital. Residents may enroll in medical, pharmacy, dental, and vision insurance at rates set by BJC HealthCare. All Washington University-affiliated housestaff are required to maintain long-term disability insurance coverage, either through the BJC HealthCare plan or through a private plan. Additional options include 401(k) plans managed by Vanguard, flexible spending accounts (FSAs), and life insurance plans. 

Vacation and leave 

Residents in the department receive 15 vacation days per year. Additional accommodations are provided for parental leave and sick leave.