After a seven-year hiatus, Ophthalmology Times resumed its Best Programs Survey this fall. While a few new names popped up on the list, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, Miami, remained at the top of the Best Overall Program category, followed again by the Wilmer Eye Institute at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore.
Number three in the overall list has a new name with Dean McGee Eye Institute at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City—the first time that institute has appeared in the top category since the survey’s inception 20 years ago.
Completing the Best Overall category were the University of Iowa at fourth; Duke University Eye Center at fifth; Wills Eye Hospital/Thomas Jefferson University at sixth; Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary/Harvard University at seventh; W.K. Kellogg Eye Center/University of Michigan at eighth; Moran Eye Center/University of Utah at ninth; Stein & Doheny Eye Institute/University of California Los Angeles at 10th; Casey Eye Institute/University of Oregon at 11th, and the Cole Eye Institute/Cleveland Clinic at 12th.
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute also came in at the top of the Best Clinical Care and Best Residency Program categories. It came in second in Best Research Programs, edged out by the Wilmer Eye Institute.
The Best Clinical Care category included Dean McGee Eye Institute in second place; Iowa in third; Wilmer Eye Institute in fourth; and Wills in fifth. Best Residency Programs—after Bascom Palmer Eye Institute—were Dean McGee in second; University of Iowa in third; Wills in fourth, and Wilmer Eye Institute in fifth.
The Best Research Programs included Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in second, Massachusetts Eye & Ear in third, Duke in fourth, and Dean McGee in fifth.
Ophthalmology Times conducted the survey through Survey Gizmo. Of 235 chairmen and residency program directors invited to participate nationally, 73 did, for a 31% response rate.
In interviews with Ophthalmology Times, the chairmen at Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Dean McGee Eye Institute both expressed appreciation for the accolades, with both being quick to give credit to their entire staff and community at large for what their institutes have been able to accomplish.