Best Residency Program
The standings in the Best Residency segment of the survey saw the three leaders, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, Wills Eye Hospital, and Wilmer Eye Hospital, maintain their respective rankings from the previous year.
The Moran Eye Center achieved a ranking that is six places higher than in 2018, from 12th to 6th place, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear moved up from 7th place in 2018 to 4th place in the current rankings.
A newcomer to the top 12 programs this year is the Cole Eye Institute of the Cleveland Clinic that currently fills the 11th spot.
Positive impact on ophthalmology
Steven J. Gedde, MD, professor of ophthalmology, vice chair of education, and residency program director at Bascom Palmer, noted, that since the Institute’s inception in 1962, Bascom Palmer has been committed to training the next generation of leaders in ophthalmology.
“Each year, more than 500 well-qualified applicants apply for seven residency positions,” Dr. Gedde said. “That allows the institute to bring the best and the brightest into its residency training program. Additionally, 35 fellows train each year at the institute.
“The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute has made a tremendous positive impact on the field of ophthalmology through its training programs,” he added. “We have a depth of faculty in each subspecialty area, clinicians who are leaders in their field of expertise and superb teachers.”
Bascom Palmer creates an environment of learning that allows its physicians-in-training to realize their full potential. Upon completion of our training programs, all of its resident and fellow graduates provide outstanding patient care in their local communities, and many have joined academic institutions and are teaching others. This results in an exponential dissemination of knowledge and excellence in eye care, he added.
More than 45 graduates of Bascom Palmer’s training programs have become ophthalmology department chairpersons at medical schools and teaching hospitals throughout the world, which speaks to the success of the program, he added.
“Bascom Palmer has solidified its commitment to ophthalmic education and training with the creation of its Global Center for Ophthalmic Education,” Dr. Gedde said. “The Center organizes international partnerships, collaborates with ophthalmic societies and institutions around the world and produces professional lectures and educations events in South Florida, all of which have the common theme of advancing ophthalmic knowledge globally.”
Another component of Bascom Palmer’s graduate training is an innovative Master of Science in Vision Science and Investigative Ophthalmology (MVSIO) program, which is the first of its kind in the world.
MVSIO offers comprehensive training in translational research, problem-based learning, management, and a skill set available only at Bascom Palmer as it prepares students for a PhD program in vision science and investigative ophthalmology, Dr. Gedde explained.