Ophthalmology Residency Program

Program description

The goal of the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency is to educate and inspire residents and fellows by providing an outstanding environment for trainees to practice and learn the art and science of ophthalmology and ophthalmic surgery.

Mayo Clinic's campus in Rochester, Minnesota, offers one of the finest ophthalmology residency training programs in the world. The program covers years PGY-2 through PGY-4 of postgraduate medical training and provides a solid foundation for further subspecialty training or a career in clinical practice, research or academic medicine. The training includes inpatient and outpatient ophthalmology, ophthalmic pathology, ophthalmic surgery, a didactic lecture series, and research.

This integrative three-year residency offers:

  • Comprehensive training directly with faculty that prepares you for a career in clinical practice or academic medicine
  • Extensive didactic training
  • High surgical volume
  • Resident autonomy within supervised settings
  • Numerous clinical and laboratory research opportunities with an extensive database for epidemiologic studies
  • Flexibility to explore and tailor education to your aspirations
  • Rotations as a chief resident at medical facilities in Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota
  • Opportunities for national and international service projects
  • Access to the clinical, educational and research resources of Mayo Clinic
  • Thorough preparation for certification by the American Board of Ophthalmology

At Mayo Clinic, you experience a steady flow of patients, readily accessible faculty, cutting-edge research and an environment in which intellectual curiosity is vigorous and encouraged.

Following the first year of broad-based clinical exposure, you begin two core years of ophthalmology training. Throughout the program, there are dedicated formal lectures and seminars, which continue through the academic year. A journal club is held as part of the organized lecture series.

You attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international ophthalmic meetings. The curriculum, encompassing three years of training, includes dedicated research time, electives and in-depth exposure to subspecialties.

Your progress is monitored in the clinics, operating room and teaching sessions and by practice oral examinations.


The Ophthalmology Residency fulfills the requirements for training as stated by the American Board of Ophthalmology and is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education.


You are eligible to take the American Board of Ophthalmology's examination for certification in ophthalmology upon completion of the residency.

Program history

The Ophthalmology Residency began in 1914, and since that time, more than 410 physicians have completed training.

April 14, 2017