Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology deals with the structure, function, diagnosis, and treatment of the eye and the visual system. This includes problems affecting the eye and its component structures, the eyelids, the orbit, and the visual pathways. Ophthalmologists are trained to provide patients with total eye care including medical and surgical interventions.

Ophthalmologists are medically trained to provide patients with total eye care using medical, surgical, and rehabilitative services. In so doing, an ophthalmologist prescribes vision services, including glasses and contact lenses.  Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences includes: Comprehensive Ophthalmology and Cataract Surgery, Contact Lens, Cornea, Eye Plastic, Orbital and Facial Cosmetic Surgery, Glaucoma, LASIK and Refractive Surgery, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Ocular Oncology, Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus, PROSE, Retina and Uveitis, Thyroid Eye Disease

Residency Training

  • Duration of training: Four years (1 transitional/preliminary + 3 Ophthalmology)
  • Number of entering residency positions per year: 495 (2020)
  • Type of Match: Early Match, U-M Ophthalmology program matches 7 residency positions annually
  • Ophthalmology residency interviews generally begin the middle of October and end the middle of December

Primary Contacts for Students

Medical Student Clerkship Director:
Dr. Ariane Kaplan, arianek@med.umich.edu

Medical Student Clerkship Coordinator:
Lauren Prisk, lgagneau@med.umich.edu
(Rotations, Clinical & OR Shadowing, Mentoring, Research Projects)

Student Interest Group:
UMMS Ophthalmology Student Interest GroupNikki Khandwala, nikhilak@med.umich.edu  

Residency Program Contacts:
Director: Bradford Tannen, MD, JD, btannen@med.umich.edu
Coordinator: Kathy Whitney, 734-764-5208, kwhitney@med.umich.edu   

Organizations/Links    

-American Academy of Ophthalmology (www.aao.org
-AAO-Ophthalmology Webinars for Medical Students
     (www.aao.org/medical-student-webinars)   
-Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology
     (www.aupo.org/programs-services/medical-students
-Kellogg Eye Center-Dept. of Ophthalmology
     (www.medicine.umich.edu/dept/ophthalmology)  
-SF Match, Ophthalmology Matching Services (www.sfmatch.org)