Wilmer sweeps three in survey; Bascom Palmer residency wins

October 15, 2005

For the past decade, Ophthalmology Times' annual Best Programs survey has recognized excellence in the nation's ophthalmology programs.

Once again, the winner of the Best Overall Program award goes to the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, for the 10th consecutive year. Actually, the Wilmer Eye Institute is the big winner this year, also capturing top honors for Best Clinical Program and Best Research Program.

Like last year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute remained at second place in the run for Best Overall Program, but slipped from first to second place for Best Clinical Program and from fifth to eighth place for Best Research Program.

Still on top

Even after 10 years of winning first place in the overall category, the recognition is no less an honor for Wilmer's Chairman Peter J. McDonnell, MD, who took the reins in 2003 at the school he once attended.

"In some ways, departments have different priorities, cultures, and things they really seek to be excellent at, and these surveys tend to be comparing apples with oranges. It's not what's better but just that different departments will have different strengths, weaknesses, and priorities," he said. "That being said, I'm delighted on behalf of all the people who work here that their hard work is recognized by their peers around the country."