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NYU Department of Ophthalmology Residency Program


Our mission is to provide a structured educational environment and professional opportunities for the development of superbly trained physicians in general ophthalmology or the subspecialties.

About the Program

On July 1st, 2000, the residency programs at New York University School of Medicine and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital were merged, creating one of the largest and most comprehensive residency programs in the United States. This merger brought together two diverse institutions with rich, long histories between them, each of which brought new strengths and cohesion to residency education.

With the merger of the two hospitals, the residency program includes 21 residents, who rotate through 5 different hospitals. Each of these hospitals serves to train residents and prepare them for a career in any type of service they wish to perform. These hospitals include the Department of Veterans' Affairs/New York Harbor Health Care Systems Administration Hospital (a full service on-sight Veteran's Hospital), Bellevue Hospital (a public hospital with one of the best emergency and trauma services in the country), NYU Hospital Centers/Tisch Hospital (the private academic institution of NYU Medical Centers), Lenox Hill Hospital (a small hospital with a long history of serving New York's upper east side community), and Manhattan Eye, Ear & Throat Hospital (a leading center in excellence in subspecialty Ophthalmology).

The Ophthalmology Program at the New York University School of Medicine is a three-year training program consisting of twenty-one residents. Appointments for the seven first year positions are made through the SF Matching Program, while an additional preliminary first year position is filled outside and after the match. For more information, please refer to Admission & Application.

Residents who join the program receive a broad education covering general ophthalmology and the subspecialties. The housestaff is under the supervision of faculty renowned for their clinical care, as well as basic scientific research. The department is the provider for eye services for several area hospitals consisting of unique patient populations and distinct characteristics. The combination of a large municipal hospital with a diverse population, an adjacent large private university referral center drawing patients from a wide geographic area, a large Veterans’ hospital which serves as a referral center for surrounding VA hospitals, a world-renowned specialty hospital, and a private community hospital provides an enviable mix of medical, surgical, sociological, and ophthalmological problems that cannot be found under the roof of any single institution.

Education of the house staff is accomplished via a combination of didactic lectures, conferences, journal clubs and direct hands-on experience. The unique patient population provides for a broad spectrum of experiences that enable these educational needs to be met. The ophthalmology residency program at New York University has three distinct components: (1) a diverse experience in ophthalmology and exposure to all of its subspecialties, resulting in physicians capable of dealing with any and all clinical situations; (2) a comprehensive didactic education, accomplished via weekly lectures, as well as frequent conferences covering the broad spectrum of material in the field; and, (3) a dedication toward academic medicine, with numerous opportunities to devise and participate in ongoing research projects as well as to attend and present at national meetings and conferences.

The residency program at the New York University Medical Center is rewarding in the breadth of the academic and clinical experience it offers. House officers are selected because of their energy, enthusiasm, diligence and, ultimately, their dedication toward providing unparalleled patient care and their commitment to academic medicine. It is expected that those physicians selected will comprise the finest residency program in this field.