For the second year since Ophthalmology Times resumed its Best Programs Survey in 2017 after a brief hiatus, the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami is at the top of the 2018 Best Overall Programs category, followed again by the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University. Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary at Harvard University is third, moving up from seventh place last year.
Rounding out the Best Overall category are Wills Eye Hospital at Thomas Jefferson University in fourth, Duke University Eye Center in fifth, University of Iowa in sixth, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center at the University of Michigan in seventh, Stein & Doheny Eye Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles in eighth, Casey Eye Institute at University of Oregon in ninth, and the Moran Eye Center at University of Utah in tenth.
There is a tie for 11th: Storm Eye Institute at Medical University of South Carolina and Dean McGee Eye Institute/ University of Oklahoma. The Storm Eye Institute is the only new name on that list this year, narrowly edging Cleveland Clinic’s Cole Eye Institute out of the top dozen.
The Best Clinical Care category included Wills in second, Wilmer in third, Massachusetts Eye & Ear in fourth, and Duke in fifth. Best Residency Programs, after Bascom Palmer, were Wills in second, Wilmer in third, University of Iowa in fourth, and Duke in fifth. The Best Research Programs included Bascom Palmer in second, Massachusetts Eye & Ear in third, Duke in fourth, and W.K. Kellogg Eye Center in fifth. Ophthalmology Times conducted the survey through Survey Gizmo.
Of 232 chairmen and residency program directors invited to participate nationally, 58 did, for a 25% response rate. In interviews with Ophthalmology Times, the chairmen at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute and the Wilmer Eye Institute expressed their appreciation for the commendation and shared some of their thoughts about what makes for a successful program today.