Residency Program

Ophthalmology Residents Update

The George Washington University Ophthalmology Residency is a three-year program that admits four residents each July. The parent and sponsoring institution is the George Washington University, located in Foggy Bottom at the heart of the nation's capital. Participating institutions include:

The program provides comprehensive education in clinical and surgical ophthalmology.  The clinical experience is supplemented by training to evaluate, recognize, and apply clinical investigations and basic research to daily practice. Research is encouraged and residents are supported in presenting at national and international meetings. We are one of the only programs in the country to offer an experience in international ophthalmology as part of the residency curriculum. In addition, we were one of the first residency programs in the country with the EYESI® Ophthalmosurgical Simulator, providing our residents and medical students with the most advanced technology in surgical training.

In the first year, residents spend the first month in the Basic Science Ophthalmology Course, which is a series of lectures and workshops for all residents in the Washington, DC area, designed to introduce each physician to the field of Ophthalmology. Thereafter, each first-year resident will spend most of the year at GW in twelve-week clinical rotations covering Comprehensive Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Neuro-Ophthalmology, and Retina. First year residents spend the a third of their time at GW managing the walk-in clinic, helping develop their ability to diagnose and manage eye emergencies. First-year residents will also spend a twelve-week rotation at the VA Medical Center of Washington, DC, where they will have the opportunity to broaden their clinical experience.

In the second year, residents will spend eight weeks at the VA Medical Center of August, ME, where they will have the opportunity to start performing cataract surgery. During the remainder of the year, residents participate in rotations in Oculoplastics/Neuro-Ophthalmology (12 weeks) and Retina (12 weeks). In addition, a twelve-week rotation in Pediatric Ophthalmology at Children's National Health System will provide opportunity to perform strabismus surgery and to a see a wide variety of pediatric eye conditions.

In the third year, each resident will rotate as the Chief Resident, allowing each individual to assume leadership and administrative responsibilities beneficial for future practice. Senior residents will perform twelve-week rotations at GW in Cornea and External Disease, where they will operate as the primary surgeon. In addition, twelve-week rotations at the VA Medical Centers of Martinsburg, WV and Washington, DC provide a broad depth of clinical and surgical experience. The third-year resident can expect to perform over 100 cataract surgeries in this year alone. The hallmark of this year is the one-week international surgical expedition. Each resident, along with one attending, travels to places like Ecuador, Guatemala, Panama, Honduras, and the Philippines to learn new surgical techniques and to provide medical and surgical services to those with limited access to care.

 In summary, The George Washington University Ophthalmology Residency Program provides comprehensive, diverse, and innovative training that prepares its residents for fellowship or practice.

For more information, please contact the Residency Coordinator, Ms. Pat Johnson by phone at 202- 741-2493 or email at To apply to our program, please visit the SF Match website at:

GW Hospital GW Medical Faculty Associates Washington DC VA Medical Center Children's National Health System