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Director's Welcome

Welcome to the Mayo Clinic Ophthalmology Residency Program. As a graduate of our program, I'm proud to provide you 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 will 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 will 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 will rotate on these surgical services: Cataract/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 will be a Chief Resident in Rochester for nine months and at the Veterans Administration Medical Center in Minneapolis for three months. It is during this year that you will 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 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 Angiogram, Cataract Complications, Ophthalmic Pathology)
  • International Health Opportunities
  • Integrated Multi-specialty group practice and electronic medical record

At the end of three years, you will graduate with a superb professional ability to practice independently and competently. In addition, we believe you will be 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 will support you in your career goals. As a graduate of our program, you will become part of the history and heritage of the Mayo Clinic. Please explore our program and don't hesitate to contact us.

  • Cheryl L. Khanna, M.D.
    • Ophthalmology Residency Program Director
  • March 8, 2012
  • ART543310