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Residency Training

The Cole Eye Institute Residency Training Program's mission is to produce superbly trained clinical and academic ophthalmologists and to inspire residents to become leaders in patient care, teaching, and vision research.

The Cole Eye Institute opened its doors in 1999 and is one of the most advanced facilities of its type in the world. Our staff of internationally recognized experts care for more patients than any other eye institute in the United States and we have the most active, continuous medical education programs in the country.

Our Residency Program meets all the requirements of the American Board of Ophthalmology and the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The three-year program is divided into required rotations and residents work under the direct supervision of the staff during all rotations.

Applications for residency must be processed through the Ophthalmology Match Program (via the Central Application Service)

During training, residents spend the majority of their time at the Cole Eye Institute at Cleveland Clinic main campus, rotating among the division's nine subspecialty departments. These include:

  • Cornea and External Disease
  • Glaucoma
  • Neuro-Ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic Pathology
  • Ophthalmic Plastic, Reconstructive and Orbital Surgery
  • Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus
  • Refractive Surgery
  • Retina and Vitreous
  • Uveitis, Ocular Inflammatory Disease, and Immunology

The Cole Eye Institute exclusively provides the only resident-run clinical and surgical services at Metro-Health Medical Center, the city’s only level I trauma center. Residents also rotate at Cleveland Clinic's Lorain Institute and Stephanie Tubbs Jones Health Center.

This rotation schedule provides a balanced exposure to all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology, ensuring graduates the ability to perform general ophthalmology with skill, knowledge, and confidence. Each resident receives substantial one-on-one training from our core faculty members. We feel this provides the best opportunity to study disease processes and their medical and surgical management. This arrangement also provides excellent supervision and optimal continuity of patient care in the outpatient and hospital settings.

In addition to providing a top-notch clinical experience, the Cole Eye Institute teaches its residents to be excellent surgeons. In 2013, the Timken Microsurgical Education Laboratory was established as a formal addition to the surgical curriculum. Dr. Jeffrey M. Goshe, the residency Program Director, is also the laboratory’s principal instructor. First year residents spend four hours per week in the 600-square-foot space located on the first floor of the Cole Eye Institute, learning advanced microsurgical techniques from Cole Eye Institute ophthalmologists using the latest technology in ophthalmic surgical education. Each resident spends over one hundred hours practicing with OR-grade surgical instruments, microscopes, and phacoemulsification equipment to create the most realistic possible training experience. After completing this extensive surgical training, residents begin performing cataract surgery as the primary surgeon in the second year of residency. The median number of primary cataract surgery cases is greater than 140 for recent graduating residents.

Residents are also expected to participate in clinical and basic research activities utilizing the staff's expertise. Residents complete independent clinical research projects which involve reviewing the literature, developing a hypothesis, and designing and executing the study. Research activities are carefully supervised by an experienced clinical investigator. Residents are expected to submit and present their research at national meetings and to write several papers for publication based on their research activities. Each June, ophthalmology residents, fellows, and staff participate in the annual Residents' and Alumni Meeting, a scientific forum for the presentation of research projects.

Additional facilities available to assist residents include an up-to-date ophthalmic library that features journals, reference texts, videos, and CD-ROMs. Diagnostic and treatment resources include argon diode and dye lasers, corneal topography, electrophysiology, endothelial microscopy, excimer lasers, fluorescein angiography, indocyanine green angiography, optical nerve head analyzers, optical coherence tomography, scanning laser ophthalmoscopy, and ultrasonography.

Learn more about our residency and fellowship programs at Cleveland Clinic.

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