Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency. I'm proud to provide you with an introduction to one of the top ophthalmology training programs.

Our program encompasses 36 months, beginning in PGY-2. During your first year in our program, you gain a tremendous background in the fundamentals of ophthalmology. Our philosophy encourages resident autonomy in a supervised setting. As you gain confidence in your skills, you begin to see patients independently. In addition, you participate in clinical rotations in cornea, ophthalmic pathology, neuro-ophthalmology, retina and oculoplastics.

In the second year of our program (PGY-3), you rotate on these surgical services: cataract and anterior segment, glaucoma, retina, pediatrics, and oculoplastics. It is during this year that you perform entire cataract operations.

As a third-year resident (PGY-4), you are a chief resident for nine months at Mayo Clinic and for three months at the Minneapolis Veterans Affairs (VA) Health Care System. It is during this year that you further develop and hone your skills in the clinic and the operating room.

In addition to the training you receive in the clinic and operating room, your education is further augmented through:

  • The Multidisciplinary Simulation Center with a state-of-the-art ophthalmic surgical simulator
  • Dedicated block for didactic lectures Thursday afternoons
  • Outstanding research opportunities and the ability to present your projects at national meetings
  • Numerous conferences (Grand Rounds, journal clubs, fluorescein angiography, cataract complications, ophthalmic pathology)
  • International health opportunities
  • Integrated multispecialty group practice and electronic medical record

At the end of three years, you graduate with a superb professional ability to practice independently and competently. In addition, we believe you are extremely well-prepared to sit for the American Board of Ophthalmology written and oral board examinations.

Whether you pursue a career in academic medicine, a fellowship or go into private practice, we support you in your career goals. As a graduate of our program, you become part of the history and heritage of Mayo Clinic. Please explore our program and don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Andrew J. Barkmeier, M.D.
    • Ophthalmology Residency Director
June 03, 2014