Department of Ophthalmology

Overview

The Penn Ophthalmology residency offers extensive clinical, surgical, and research experience with close mentoring from faculty. The Department's breadth of ophthalmic specialties allows for a broad spectrum of clinical experiences, from general ophthalmic care to the most sophisticated procedures. A full schedule of lectures, wet labs, and conferences allows for a thorough didactic program to complement the clinical and research experience. Penn residents enter into top subspecialty fellowship programs nationwide, pursue careers in every kind of practice, and become leading clinicians and researchers across ophthalmology. In 2018, Penn Ophthalmology's residency program ranked number three in the nation for research output per alumnus. Click here to learn about our featured alumni. 

About the Program

Applying

Each year the ophthalmology residency program accepts five first-year trainees. The program seeks to select well-rounded, motivated, and team-oriented candidates with outstanding academic records and superlative letters of recommendation.  Trainees must enter the program at the PGY2 level, having completed general medicine, surgery, or transitional internships. The residency program lasts 36-months, from July 1 to June 30.

Interview Dates 2019

Applicants who are invited for interviews may choose from the following dates:

  • Tuesday, November 5
  • Monday, November 11
  • Tuesday, November 19

Application Portal

The ophthalmology residency program accepts applications only from the Central Application Service (CAS). Applications and/or supporting documents sent directly to Scheie Eye Institute will not be accepted.

Register with and apply through the Central Application Service of the Ophthalmology Matching Program.

Ophthalmology Matching Program
P.O. Box 7584
San Francisco, CA 94120-7584
Phone: 415-447-0350
FAX: 415-561-8535
Program #: 4013 Scheie Eye Inst / U Penn

Non-Discrimination Clause

The University of Pennsylvania values diversity and seeks talented students, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds. The University of Pennsylvania does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, color, national or ethnic origin, age, disability, or status as a Vietnam Era Veteran or disabled veteran in the administration of educational policies, programs or activities; admissions policies; scholarship and loan awards; athletic, or other University administered programs or employment. Questions or complaints regarding this policy should be directed to:

Executive Director, Office of Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Programs, Sansom Place East, 3600 Chestnut Street, Suite 228, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6106 or by phone at (215) 898-6993 (Voice) or (215) 898-7803 (TDD)

Rotations

Residents rotate through all ophthalmic subspecialties and begin surgical training in their first year, with levels of autonomy, responsibility, and complexity of cases increasing gradually throughout the course of the program. In addition to five 10-week rotations per year, residents see a high volume of diverse patient cases in the resident-run emergency clinic at the Scheie Eye Institute, which is staffed by an attending physician. To further broaden the scope of training, the program offers an elective block in the third year, which allows many residents to pursue international clinical experiences.   

All clinicians are involved in supervising resident outpatient clinics and surgeries, imparting a variety of clinical management styles and surgical techniques. Residents form strong relationships with faculty, receiving individualized guidance and thorough feedback.

Resident Rotation Schedule PDF

Locations

Scheie Eye Institute / Penn Presbyterian Medical Center 

Scheie building

51 N. 39th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Directions

The Scheie Eye Institute is the Department of Ophthalmology’s central location, and supports a significant portion of resident training in all subspecialties. This recently renovated facility houses state-of-the art ophthalmology exam and procedure rooms; cutting-edge imaging technology, including fundus photography and Optos, OCT, OCT angiography, fluorescein angiography, and ultrasound; laser rooms with the newest ophthalmic lasers; a surgical wet lab open 24-7 to residents; the Kozart Auditorium (for didactic series, grand rounds, visiting professor lectures, and CME events); and corridor access to the rest of Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, including the Trauma Center. The Presbyterian Trauma Center houses a fully equipped resident-dedicated ophthalmology lane where post-trauma and emergency room patients are seen 24 hours a day. Residents also manage Scheie’s Emergency Eye Clinic, where patients with diverse and advanced pathology present daily. These clinics are always staffed by attending ophthalmologists. 

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine / Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania

PCAM

West Pavilion, 3rd Floor
3400 Civic Center Boulevard
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Directions

The Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania (HUP) is one of the oldest and most renowned university hospitals in the nation. HUP has historically served as a leader in patient care, innovation, and teaching, and continues to offer the most cutting-edge services and training programs. The Perelman Center is a brand new, state-of-the-art 500,000 square foot outpatient facility located adjacent to HUP, and includes an ophthalmology clinic for all subspecialties.  Residents rotate at the Perelman Center during each year of training. Second year residents manage an ophthalmology consult service for 10 weeks in addition to seeing patients in subspecialty clinics.

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia 

CHOP

3401 Civic Center Blvd.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Directions

The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) is a world-renowned facility and serves as the primary site for resident pediatric ophthalmology training. CHOP provides care for children with all eye and vision problems, and is a unique resource for clinical and surgical training. As one of the leading pediatric hospitals in the United States and a leader in pediatric ophthalmology, CHOP attracts patients from around the world for treatment of both common and rare ocular diseases. Residents will routinely see patients with systemic conditions who require coordinated care with multiple other specialty services.  

In addition to the outpatient clinic, residents see inpatient consults and participate in surgery with attending ophthalmologists. Residents start strabismus and oculoplastic surgery in the first year of their ophthalmology residency and continue to perform pediatric ophthalmic surgery throughout the three years of training.    

Philadelphia Veterans Administration Medical Center

VA Medical Center

3900 Woodland Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Directions

The Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VA) is a 500-bed hospital located one block from the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Residents complete a 10-week rotation at the VA during each year of residency and return to the VA during subspecialty rotations. The VA outpatient eye clinic is resident-run under the supervision of ophthalmology faculty. Residents see patients and handle all ophthalmology consultations referred from other services. In addition to managing their own continuity clinics, residents have the opportunity to participate in different subspecialty clinics on a weekly basis.

The VA provides many opportunities for resident surgical training, including laser-assisted cataract surgery. Starting in the first year, residents can be primary surgeons on lasers and minor procedures. In the second and third years, residents also perform intraocular surgeries. An EyeSi surgical simulator located in the VA enables residents to practice surgical skills and gain confidence before entering the operating room.

Academic Program

Orientation

The Ophthalmology Department provides an orientation to familiarize incoming residents with ophthalmic terms and specific tools and techniques for ophthalmic examinations, refraction, and vision testing. Presentations by faculty emphasize commonly encountered ophthalmic problems and differential diagnosis.

Weekly Didactic Program

Monday

7:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Structured BCSC Subspecialty Lectures 

Tuesday & Wednesday

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Fluorescein conferences and subspecialty lectures (e.g. retina and glaucoma) 

Thursday 

7:00 AM - 7:45 AM
Grand Rounds 

7:45 AM - 8:30 AM 
Visiting Professor and Guest Lecture Series 

Friday

7:00 AM - 8:00 AM
Cornea Journal Club, Cornea M&M, Neuro-Ophthalmology Conferences 

Journal Club

Each month, residents are assigned three to four articles from prominent medical journals (on retina, cornea, glaucoma, pediatric, or oculoplastics). A discussion is held with residents, fellows, and attending faculty about a current topic in ophthalmology based on these readings. These sessions provide ample opportunity for residents to speak directly with attendings about their area of specialty.    

Continuing Medical Education Activities (CME)

Visiting professors who are leaders in their fields are invited to the Scheie Eye Institute to give CME lectures on a regular basis. The CME activity includes lectures by the Visiting Professor and Scheie faculty members with expertise in that specialty area.

Research

Penn Ophthalmology is a leader in clinical and basic research, with over $15 million in National Eye Institute funding, 149 faculty publications, and an H-index (research impact) of 106 in the past fiscal year. Residents have access to close faculty mentorship and support from the full array of research programs, including cutting gene therapy research at the Center for Advanced Retinal and Ocular Therapeutics (CAROT) and a team of biostatisticians at the Center for Preventative Ophthalmology and Biostatistics. Many residents pursue faculty-supervised projects, publications, and presentations at national conferences. Attendance at meetings is supported by the Department for residents who are authors or co-authors. All residents are encouraged and offered funding to attend the American Academy of Ophthalmology or the Association for Research in Vision in Ophthalmology.  

See the News Page to learn more about the Department’s latest research advances.

Recent Alumni Fellowship Placements

Alumni Fellowship Placements 2002-2019

Alumnus Class Specialty Institution
Michael E. Sulewski, Jr., MD 2019  Cornea  Wills Eye Hospital 
Jaclyn B. Gurwin, MD  2019 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery University of Wisconsin
Lindsay E. Dawson, MD  2019 Glaucoma Duke Eye Center
Rebecca B. Bausell, MD  2019 Cornea University of Maryland
Michael J. Ammar, MD 2019 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Wills Eye Hospital
Preema M. Buch, MD 2018 Cornea & External Disease Wills Eye Hospital
Iga N. Gray, MD, PhD 2018 Glaucoma Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Christopher K. Hwang, MD, PhD 2018 Medical Retina National Eye Institute
Akosua A. Nti, MD 2018 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Keirnan L. Willett, MD 2018 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Mayo Clinic
Nicole M. Fuerst, MD 2017 Cornea Duke Eye Center
Marisa K. Lau, MD 2017 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery University of Colorado Denver
Christiana M. Munroe, MD 2017 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Daniel H. Sarezky, MD 2017 Cornea & External Disease
Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Katherine E. Uyhazi, MD, PhD 2017 Retinal Degeneration & Medical Retina Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Aida Bounama, MD 2016 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery University of Texas San Antonio
Anne K. Jensen, MD 2016 Pediatric Ophthalmology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Anita A. Kohli, MD 2016 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Purak C. Parikh, MD 2016 Cornea & External Disease Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
Neepa Shah, MD 2016 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College
Mausam R. Damani, MD 2015 Cornea & External Disease UC Davis Eye Center
Clare Kelliher, MD 2015 Cornea & External Disease University of Illinois Chicago
Nicole A. Langelier, MD 2015 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Duke Eye Center
Karen E. Revere, MD 2015 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Jessica S. Watson, MD 2015 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Carver College of Medicine, University of Iowa
Tomas S. Aleman, MD 2014 Retinal Degeneration & Medical Retina Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania (Research Faculty)
Hilary S. Brader, MD 2014 Medical Retina Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School
Kian Eftekhari, MD 2014 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Center for Facial Appearances, Salt Lake City, Utah
Devon H. Ghodasra, MD 2014 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Kellogg Eye Center, University of Michigan
Dana M. Hornbeak, MD, MPH 2014 Uveitis Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Esther R. Bisker, MD 2013 Neuro-Ophthalmology Wills Eye Hospital
Dina Y. Gewaily, MD, MS 2013 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Luxme Hariharan, MD, MPH 2013 Pediatric Ophthalmology Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami
Deepika N. Shah, MD 2013 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School
Ankoor R. Shah, MD 2013 Retinal degeneration & Medical Retina Beaumont
Jason Jun, MD, MPP 2012 Cornea & External Disease Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Marc Levin, MD, PhD 2012 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Joshua Ney, MD 2012 Glaucoma Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Sriranjani Padmanabhan, MD 2012 Glaucoma Emory Eye Center
Maulik S. Zaveri, MD, MS 2012 Cornea Emory Eye Center
Henry Lee, MD 2011 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Aesthetic Eye Associates, Kirkland WA
Vivian Lee, MD 2011 Ocular Pathology University of Wisconsin Madision
Sonia Mehta, MD 2011 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Emory Eye Center
Apurva Patel, MD 2011 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Mount Sinai
Jon Peet, MD 2011 Comprehensive Ophthalmology Private Practice
Lili Grunwald, MD 2010 Medical Retina Duke Eye Center
Paul Hahn, MD, PhD 2010 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Duke Eye Center
Nicholas Mahoney, MD 2010 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Anton Orlin, MD 2010 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Weill Cornell Medical College
Lorri Wilson, MD 2010 Pediatric Ophthalmology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Leon Charkoudian, MD 2009 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Emory Eye Center
Netan Choudhry, MD 2009 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Mass. Eye and Ear, Harvard Medical School
Sudha Nallasamy 2009 Pediatric Ophthalmology Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School
Meredith Regina, MD, PhD 2009 Glaucoma Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Ali Zaidi, MD 2009 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Tamiesha Frempong, MD, MPH 2008 Pediatric Ophthalmology Duke Eye Center
Margot Goodkin, MD, PhD 2008 Glaucoma Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami
Bojidar Madjarov, MD 2008 Medical Retina Bascom Palmer Eye Institute, University of Miami
Naureen Mirza-George, MD 2008 Pediatric Ophthalmology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Tushar Ranchod, MD 2008 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Beaumont
Catherine Cukras, MD, PhD 2007 Medical Retinal National Eye Institute
Catherine Hwang, MD 2007 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Jason Skalet, MD 2007 Cornea & External Disease UC San Francisco
Madhura Tamhankar, MD 2007 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Robert Wong, MD 2007 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery California Pacific Medical Center
Gil Binenbaum, MD 2006 Pediatric Ophthalmology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Jennifer Hall, MD 2006 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Newman Sund, MD, PhD 2006 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Beaumont
Bairn Michael Walker, MD 2006 Cornea & External Disease Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Wayne Wei Wu, MD, PhD 2006 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Vanderbilt Eye Institute
Jason Hsu, MD 2005 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Wills Eye Hospital
William Katowitz, MD 2005 Pediatric Ophthalmology & Oculoplastics Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Shane Kim, MD 2005 Cornea & External Disease UC San Francisco
Linda Rose, MD, PhD 2005 Cornea & External Disease Wilmer Eye Institute, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Wai Wong, MD, PhD 2005 Medical Retina National Eye Institute
Gabrielle Bonhomme, MD 2004 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Damon Chandler, MD 2004 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Leonard Feiner, MD, PhD 2004 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Washington University in St. Louis
Leila Khazaeni, MD 2004 Pediatric Ophthalmology Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Tracy, MD 2004 Cornea & External Disease Bascom Palmer Eye institute, University of Miami
Carolyn Glazer-Hockstein, MD 2003 Medical retina Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Michael Ibarra, MD 2003 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Beaumont
Lisa Schocket, MD 2003 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery New England Eye Center, Tufts Medical Center
Kenneth Shindler, MD, PhD 2003 Neuro-Ophthalmology Scheie Eye Institute, University of Pennsylvania
Paul Tapino, MD 2003 Comprehensive Ophthalmology Scheie Eye institute, University of Pennsylvania (Faculty)
Raymond Douglas, MD, PhD 2002 Oculoplastic & Orbital Surgery Stein Eye Institute, UCLA
Matthew Gardiner, MD 2002 Cornea & External Disease Mass. Eye & Ear, Harvard Medical School
Jonathan Prenner, MD 2002 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Beaumont
Atul Sharma, MD 2002 Vitreo-Retinal Surgery Mass. Eye & Ear, Harvard Medical School
Alan Westeren, MD 2002 Cornea & External Disease Shiley Eye Institute, UC San Diego

Information for Current Residents

Night Call

First-year residents attend night call at the Scheie Eye Institute/Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where Penn’s Trauma Center is located. The Emergency Department offers a fully-equipped eye lane for ophthalmic medical, surgical, and trauma emergencies. Call is taken from home. The frequency of on-call responsibilities is approximately every 5th night. The senior resident is available as on-call backup for consultation. During the first two months, a third-year resident accompanies the first year resident at all times during the overnight call.
During the second year, night call coverage is from home, every 5th night, covering HUP, CHOP, and the VA. 
Third-year residents provide backup call for the first and second year residents. Attending night call coverage also is provided on a rotating basis by all faculty with surgical privileges.

Salary and Benefits

All residents receive a salary determined by their PGY level and set by the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Residents have health insurance covered through the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Other benefits, including life insurance, are extended as well.

Vacations

Each resident has three weeks of vacation per year. The remaining weeks can be scheduled anytime, albeit with the following considerations: no vacation is allowed during the surgical senior rotation, during July and August, or during the last week of each academic year. Prior approval by the Residency Program Director is required to be certain that two residents on the same rotation (Retina, VA, CHOP, etc.) are not away at the same time. Both the Residency Director and the Chair must approve exceptions to the above policy in advance.

Resident Meetings

Residents meet with the Chairman, Residency Program Director, and Assistant Program Director regularly to discuss administrative, academic, and other issues related to the day-to-day activities of the residents. 

OKAP Examination

In the spring of each year, the OKAP (Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program) examinations are administered. Residents throughout the country take this test as an in-service exam to monitor their knowledge base. Penn Ophthalmology’s structured didactic curriculum and two-month review is designed to prepare residents for this exam. The exam fee is covered by the Department. 

Program Leadership

Paul J. Tapino, MD

Director, Residency Program

Victoria M. Addis, MD

Associate Director, Residency Program

John A. Dempsey
Director, Office of Educational Programs 
Phone: 215-662-8069
Fax: 215-243-4696
Email: john.dempsey@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

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