Ophthalmology surgery
Ophthalmology surgery
Ophthalmology surgery

Your Training 

The ophthalmology residency program is ACGME-accredited and sponsored by the University of Maryland Medical Center in affiliation with the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

The Department, founded in 1873, strives to give excellent teaching of ophthalmology, provide skillful care to patients with eye disorders, and conduct research to further the understanding of the processes, natural history, diagnosis, and treatment of eye diseases.

Our mission is to train individuals to become competent, comprehensive ophthalmologists who can deliver quality medical care with high ethical values.

Our curriculum consists of outpatient clinics and surgical training, didactics, in-patient consult service and emergency coverage for the University of Maryland Medical Center’s University & Midtown Campuses, the R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center and the Baltimore Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. A daily lecture series is given by University faculty covering the BCSC series with weekly Grand Rounds and quarterly pathology lectures/clinical-pathology conference, journal clubs, and wet labs.

Research is valued and supported at the University of Maryland and all residents are required to participate in a research project of their choice. Residents are encouraged to present their research at national meetings and to submit their work in manuscript form.

Learn more about rotations and curriculum during the residency.

Focus on the surgical curriculum begins early in the first year with laceration repairs and assistance in emergency ocular trauma cases. Second-year residents begin extraocular and intraocular surgery, including oculoplastics, glaucoma, retina, cornea, and strabismus procedures. Third-year residents continue subspecialty work with an emphasis in training on cataract surgery. Call is taken on a flexible Q8 schedule among the PGY-2 and PGY-3 class. The PGY-4 class takes back-up call on a Q4 schedule.


Four new residents will be accepted every year after successful completion of an approved PGY-1 program for a total of twelve residents in the program. UMMC will only hire US citizens and non-citizens authorized for employment. At this time, the Department does not sponsor applicants under the J-1 visa program.

Please apply via the Ophthalmology Matching Program at https://sfmatch.org/. Applicants selected for personal interviews with the residency selection committee will be notified by email. Interviews are usually held in early November.

For More Information

For information on the residency program, please call 667-214-1232.