In October 2019, the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI) at the University of Oklahoma (OU) was again ranked among the top academic programs in the nation in a survey released by Ophthalmology Times. Based on the responses from chairpersons and residency program directors of ophthalmology departments across the country, DMEI/OU was ranked among the top 12 programs overall and also in the top 12 for its clinical, residency, and research programs. It was ranked No. 6 among centers affiliated with a public university in the first three categories and No. 7 among public universities in research.
Only eight other programs were ranked among the top 12 in all four categories. They were the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute/University of Miami, Wilmer Eye Institute/Johns Hopkins University, Wills Eye Hospital/Thomas Jefferson University, Massachusetts Eye and Ear/Harvard University, W.K. Kellogg Eye Center/University of Michigan, University of Iowa, Duke University Eye Center, and Moran Eye Center/University of Utah.
About Our Residency Program
Beginning with Karl Stock, MD, the first graduating ophthalmology resident in 1943, more than 200 ophthalmologists have been trained by the Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Oklahoma. Since 1975, the Dean McGee Eye Institute has housed the Department of Ophthalmology for the University of Oklahoma. R. Michael Siatkowski, MD, MBA is the Chief Executive Officer of the Dean McGee Eye Institute and Chairman of the Department of Ophthalmology.
Our residency program is three years in length. We are approved for (and are in the process of increasing our complement to) five residents per year. Patient care is provided in every practice emphasis area of ophthalmology including corneal and external diseases, glaucoma, medical and surgical diseases of the retina and vitreous, orbital and oculoplastic diseases, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, cataract surgery and intraocular lens implantation, ocular pathology and oncology, contact lenses, trauma, and low vision services. At the Dean McGee Eye Institute, our faculty pledge is to provide residents with the best quality training to prepare them for careers in either private clinical practice or in an academic environment and help them achieve their full potential as a physician, surgeon, and contributor to the profession. In return, we expect residents to devote themselves to the educational process, to their patients, and to the advancement of the field of ophthalmology. Future goals include plans for an integrated or joint PGY1 year to contain learning experiences in medicine, surgery, as well as ophthalmology. Depending on ACGME directives, this is expected to be in place in the next few years.
Dean McGee Eye Institute completed an extensive expansion project in 2011. This has doubled the amount of available clinical space and provides additional space for our expanding vision science research department which has been in the top 15 of NEI funding for many years. In addition, the building project has increased the resident clinic space by 50%.
The Dean McGee Eye Institute also offers many opportunities for fellowship training. Fellows are trained in glaucoma, corneal and external disease, (including LASIK & PRK), vitreoretinal surgery, neuro-ophthalmology, and international ophthalmology. In addition, a one-year Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery fellowship is offered on an intermittent basis. All fellows are paid at PGY5/6 salary level as appropriate.