Annual Activities



July Incoming Ophthalmology Resident Orientation
August Risk Management Seminar
October Recruitment
October / November American Academy of Ophthalmology Meeting (AAO)
November Recruitment
December Recruitment
January Ophthalmology Match
February Basic Science Course Houston: PGY-2
March Optional OKAP Course San Antonio: PGY-4
April OKAP Exam
April / May Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO)
June Annual Research Day
End of June Awards and Dinner for graduating residents and fellows

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) (October/November)

American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) is held annually during the fall. Our residents attend in their second or third year.

The department will pay for residents to attend this meeting once during residency, according to UTMB and OVS travel guidelines. Travel requests must be submitted 30 days prior to the meeting.

The course(s) the resident will attend must be submitted to and approved by the Program Director.

Basic Science Course (February)

In February, the first-year residents attend a four-week basic science course in ophthalmology sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School and the Hermann Eye Center.

The department pays the tuition for the basic science course. The resident is responsible for housing and transportation costs.

Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) (April)

The goal in participating in the OKAP exam is to prepare residents for the Written Qualifying Exam (WQE) required of all graduates wishing to become board certified in ophthalmology. The OKAP and WQE are very similar tests, thus if you display knowledge on the OKAP your chances are higher of passing the WQE.

The results of the OKAP should be used as an initiation of a learning process to prepare for the WQE. Areas where knowledge needs to improve can be identified, sources of information sought out and faculty used as a resource.

All residents must take the OKAP each year of their residency. Scores on the OKAP are reviewed with the resident as feedback on medical knowledge.

Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) (April/May)

ARVO is held annually during the first week in May, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The resident may attend only if presenting a paper or poster.

Annual Research Day (June)

Each spring a Research Day is held for residents and alumni of the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences. Publication-quality research is presented with question and answer sessions.

Attendance by all residents is required. First-year residents give a poster presentation. Second- and third-year residents give oral presentations.

Awards and Dinner Graduation (June)

At the end of each year, all residents are expected to attend a reception honoring the completing residents and fellows. Also, the new first-year residents are introduced.

Research Requirement

Residents are allotted protected time for research and are expected to submit at least one publication-ready manuscript for publication prior to graduation.