Dedication to training
Fasika Woreta, MD, MPH, who is the director of the residency program at Wilmer Eye Institute and assistant professor of ophthalmology, commented on the makings of a great residency program.
“I believe what makes us a top residency program is the number of world-renowned faculty who are dedicated to resident education,” Dr. Woreta said. “We have 51 faculty members who are integrally involved in teaching our 15 residents, with 22 faculty members who dedicate time and support to this endeavor. In addition, our residency attracts the top medical students in the country who are amazingly talented and go on to be top leaders in our field.”
Best Clinical Care Program
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and Wills Eye Hospital held on to the Number 1 and 2 positions from last year’s survey. Wilmer Eye Institute overtook the 3rd spot from Massachusetts Eye and Ear, which earned the 4th slot.
A number of programs advanced substantially in this years’ rankings. W.K. Kellogg Eye Center moved up four spots from Number 9 to Number 5. Both the Stein & Doheny Eye Institute and Moran Eye Center moved up two positions into the 6th and 9th spots, respectively.
The Dean McGee Eye Institute and the U-W Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Wisconsin are new to the top 12 Clinical Care Programs this year and occupy the 11th and 12th places, respectively.
“Patients with glaucoma, macular diseases, diabetic retinopathy, and other sight-stealing conditions can look forward to advances in treatment, as Bascom Palmer’s clinicians and scientists team up to share their knowledge and expertise,” Dr. Alfonso said.
“Most recently, Bascom Palmer has successfully treated patients with gene therapy; developed new imaging techniques; produced the world’s first prosthetic 3-D eye, an innovative approach that could help millions of patients around the world who have undergone exenteration; and led national studies on the most effective surgical treatment for medically uncontrolled glaucoma,” he added. “The Artificial Intelligence and Computer Augmented Vision Laboratory has developed a novel artificial intelligence technology that augment patients’ visual loss from glaucoma, age-related macular degeneration, strokes, and retinitis pigmentosa using digital glasses.”
Bascom Palmer Eye Institute is scheduled this year to open the Lois Pope Center for Retinal & Macular Degeneration Research at its Palm Beach Gardens, FL, campus, which will be the most comprehensive retinal clinical research facility in the country.