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Ophthalmology Residency

The Ophthalmology Residency at Dell Medical School at The University of Texas at Austin provides a transformative educational experience that shapes residents’ practice and delivery of health care through a profound understanding of the principles of value-based, patient-centered, integrated health care delivery for the management of ophthalmic disease. 

The Ophthalmology Residency is affiliated with the Department of Ophthalmology and the Mitchel and Shannon Wong Eye Institute.

Training Facilities

Residents will spend their residency in Austin at Dell Medical School-affiliated hospitals, clinics, research laboratories and surgery centers. Each training site provides a rich environment for team learning and community participation in teaching, research and patient-centric/value-based care. The diversity of facilities will give residents the opportunity to observe how ophthalmology is practiced in both academic and private practice settings.

In addition to the facilities below, residents will participate in patient care at Dell Med’s primary teaching hospitals — Ascension Seton Medical Center Austin, Dell Seton Medical Center at The University of Texas and Dell Children’s Medical Center of Central Texas — where they will perform in-patient and emergency room consultations, assist faculty in surgery and perform surgery as the primary surgeon under faculty supervision.

Health Transformation Building.

UT Health Austin is the clinical practice of Dell Medical School, and it is housed in the Health Transformation Building on the UT Austin campus. UT Health Austin is home to faculty and resident clinics and is the primary location for resident training. The clinic is adjacent to the Ambulatory Surgery Center, where faculty and resident surgery is performed.

Department of Veterans Affairs Olin E Teague Veteran's Center.

The Austin Outpatient Clinic of the Central Texas Veterans Administration Health Care System provides general and subspecialty eye care for many Austin metro area veterans. Dell Medical School is establishing teaching, patient care, and research relationships with the VA. The plan calls for residents to obtain significant clinical and surgical experience during rotations at this facility.

Austin Retina Associates

Austin Retina Associates (ARA) is a large private practice of fellowship-trained vitreo-retinal surgeons. The practice has a robust research arm that facilitates the participation of faculty, residents and medical students in national collaborative research studies. Residents will rotate through the practice and receive major portions of their vitreous and retinal training from physicians in the practice.

Retina Consultants of Austin.

Retina Consultants of Austin (RCA) is a private practice of fellowship-trained medical and vitreo-retinal surgeons. Residents will rotate through the practice and receive significant portions of their vitreous and retinal training from physicians in the practice.

Group photo of TOC Eye and Face members.

TOC Eye and Face is a private practice of fellowship-trained ophthalmologists who subspecialize in diseases of the orbit and oculofacial plastic and reconstructive surgery. Residents will receive most of their oculoplastic training and surgical experience here.

Dell Children's Medical Center of Central Texas.

Residents will have exposure to pediatric ophthalmology and pediatric and adult strabismus at Dell Children’s and Dell Children’s Eye Center, supported by a group of fellowship-trained pediatric ophthalmologists and pediatric neuro-ophthalmologists. Residents will have the opportunity to experience inpatient and outpatient practice settings.

Austin Eye ophthalmology practice.

Austin Eye, led by Shannon Wong, M.D., is a comprehensive ophthalmology and refractive surgery practice in Austin. Residents will receive the advanced refractive surgery training at this site. They will assist in surgery and learn all aspects of refractive anterior segment surgery. Additionally, Wong will teach residents refractive surgery techniques in the department’s surgery simulation laboratory.

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