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Graduating Class of 2020 Residency Education Program in Ophthalmology

Resident Positions Available: First-year 6; Second-year 6; Third-year 6

The Emory Eye Center Residency Program Office must receive the applications from the San Francisco Matching Program by mid-September each year, or they will not be accepted for this interview cycle. For more information about specific submission dates, please reach out to the Emory Eye Center Residency Coordinator.


Interviews generally take place the first two weeks of December. Please check back in the fall of 2022 for specific dates.

About the Program

The Department of Ophthalmology at Emory University School of Medicine provides a three-year Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved residency program that meets requirements for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology. The program trains residents at Emory University Hospital, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Egleston, Grady Memorial Hospital, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Emory University Hospital Midtown, Emory Eye Center and Emory Vision.

Thirty-eight full-time clinical faculty provide supervision and training of residents in a complete array of services, which include cornea/external disease, refractive surgery, glaucoma, retina/vitreous, oculoplastics, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, contact lenses, low vision, ocular pathology, and ophthalmic research. Altogether, the clinical facilities in Emory’s ophthalmology program generate more than 80,000 outpatient visits per year.

Residents have an opportunity to be involved in a full range of basic, translational, and clinical research activities. The department is active in multiple and diverse projects. John M. Nickerson, PhD, directs the Research Division, which is housed in the Emory Eye Center (with 17 laboratories). Research opportunities on vision-related topics are also available in other Emory Medical School departments, Emory College, the Yerkes National Primate Research Center, and the Atlanta Veterans Administration Hospital.

The faculty´┐Żs current research projects include studies on corneal edema, light toxicity on the pigment epithelium, genetic and proteomic analysis of retinal degenerative diseases, gene therapy and neuroprotective strategies for treatment of retinal disease, drug delivery to the posterior segment of the eye, retinal mechanisms associated with refractive development and myopia, and biochemical, molecular biological, and physiological analysis of ocular tissues.

Residents rotate through one of the nation’s few full-time eye pathology laboratories, the L.F. Montgomery Lab. The laboratory is involved with diagnostic and experimental eye pathology, in particular ocular melanoma and age-related macular degeneration.

An integrated program of didactics, including multiple rounds, teaching conferences, and subspecialty conferences, centers on the Basic and Clinical Science course published by the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and is structured within the training experience. Due to the size of the full-time faculty, a supportive outside associate faculty, and a full-time training director, Emory is considered one of the nation’s top clinical training programs. Strong fellowship programs in Emory’s Ophthalmology Department, with fellows drawn from outstanding residency programs from across the nation, also enhance the teaching capabilities. An ongoing system of evaluation monitors the residents progress, and there is strong emphasis on communication.

The program provides one of the nation’s most rigorous experiences in ophthalmology, with the potential to care for thousands of patients in an autonomy-supported enviroment. The surgical experience is consequently outstanding and diverse. The ability to manage and follow ocular trauma is superior at Emory due to the size of the patient population and variety of cases seen at our large inner-city hospital, Grady Memorial Hospital. Many of our graduates land top subspecialty fellowships. In addition to providing our trainees with excellent practice opportunities, a number of our recent graduates are now faculty in prominent academic medical centers, including the Emory Eye Center. The goal of our residency is to train competent clinical and surgical ophthalmologists.

The American Board of Ophthalmology requires four years of training to be eligible for board examination.

Residency Inquiries:

Jeremy Jones, MD
Director, Residency Education
Emory Eye Center
404.778.4530 Office

Tracey Yancey
Residency Program Coordinator
404.778.4530 Office
404.778.4002 Fax


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