Residency Program

Residency Program

The Houston Methodist Hospital Department of Ophthalmology and the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences are planning to launch the first integrated ophthalmology residency training program in Texas this summer. The combined faculty will number 24, with 3 fellows and 12 residents. The combined program, to be known as UTMB/HMH Ophthalmology Residency, will sponsor the first annual National Eye Research Conference for residents and fellows in January, 2015 in Galveston, Texas.

UTMB/HMH Ophthalmology residents are trained to be future leaders in their field with a solid foundation in excellent patient care, vision-saving research and community service.

The UTMB/HMH Residency program provides a stable, well-coordinated, progressive, educational experience in the entire spectrum of ophthalmic diseases. Residents develop diagnostic, therapeutic and manual skills, as well as sound judgment in their application.

Each resident has major technical and patient care responsibilities to build a solid base for a comprehensive ophthalmic practice that includes the following:

  • Optics, visual physiology and corrections of refractive errors
  • Retina, vitreous and uveitis
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus
  • External disease and cornea
  • Glaucoma, cataract and anterior segment
  • Plastic surgery and orbital diseases
  • Ophthalmic pathology
  • Contact lens

More about our program

  • Three-year residency with four positions in each year
  • Accredited by the ACGME Residency Review Committee for Ophthalmology
  • Large surgical volume
  • State-of-the-art surgical training with a virtual reality simulator (one of few nationwide)
  • Research required to round out training
  • Residents perform community service at St. Vincent's House Eye Clinic
  • We expect graduating residents to be board certifiable, a competitive candidate for fellowship positions and an excellent clinician.
  • Talented faculty who are committed to resident education
  • Excellent training in preparation for both competitive fellowships and comprehensive ophthalmology
  • Exposure to all generally recognized subspecialties with deep breadth of faculty in subspecialties
  • Rotation sites include Joffe MediCenter (LASIK), Methodist Hospital and University of Texas - M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, all in Houston

Misha Syed, MD

Misha Syed, MD
Director, OVS Residency program

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2012-2013 residents in the UTMB Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

Read more about the overall UTMB Health resident and fellowship information on the UTMB Health Graduate Medical Education Web page.

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The Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Department at UTMB Health in Galveston is one of the oldest in the Southwest and has a rich tradition of service and education excellence.

Our vision is to train each of our residents to assume positions of leadership in their career and to do so in a challenging, yet nurturing environment.

To that end, we have carefully designed a unique curriculum that provides graduated training in ophthalmic research and clinical and surgical skills, culminating in the third year as Chief Resident.

Some of the outstanding features of our residency program include a post-residency PhD program for residents interested in academic ophthalmology and a rotation at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center and Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Bernard F. Godley, MD, PhD, MBA, FACS
Professor and Chairman
Robertson-Poth Distinguished Chair in Ophthalmology

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Dr. Misha Syed, UTMB Ophthalmology Residency Program director, discusses the benefits of the program and the opportunities it provides.

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