FAQs

How many positions does your program offer?

There are four positions available each year.

What is your accreditation status?

We received full accreditation from the Residency Review Committee during our last in-person review in February 2013. We received a notice of 10 years full accreditation through May 2023. Our 2015 annual review contained no citations.

How many letters of recommendation are needed?

In addition to the Dean’s letter, three letters of recommendation from faculty members must be submitted through the CAS. Additional supplemental letters may be submitted directly to Ms. Helen Howell, Program Coordinator.

What are your minimum scores for USMLE, step 1 & 2?

We do not have a minimum USMLE score requirement. Our program is highly competitive and the entire application is reviewed thoroughly. USMLE Step 2 scores are not required at the time of the application process but must be submitted after you have matched into the program. USMLE scores are required for foreign graduates.

Do your residents go on to competitive fellowships?

Our residents have been very successful in obtaining their choice of fellowship positions in every subspecialty at the top programs in the country. In recent years, the large majority of graduating residents have gone on to fellowship training in all fields including oculoplastics, cornea, retina, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, uveitis, and pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus.

Is there a research requirement?

Yes, all residents (along with their research mentors) are required to develop one or more projects suitable for presentation at a national conference and/or publication in a high-impact, peer-reviewed journal. The background, design, and results of these projects are presented at the annual Residents and Alumni Day meeting in June. The Department of Ophthalmology covers all registration and travel fees for three3 days for residents who present their research at national meetings. Travel to international meetings is possible in selected cases with advance approval from the Program Director.

How frequently do residents take call?

PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents are on call approximately every eighth night. Weekend call (Saturday 7 a.m. to Sunday 5 p.m.) is approximately every eighth weekend. The call is taken from home. PGY-4 residents are on call as surgical backup from home for a seven-day period every four weeks.

Are residents expected to present Grand Rounds?

Yes, each resident will present three Grand Rounds per year.

Are there any changes planned for the future?

The Dean McGee Eye Institute’s vision for an unparalleled, world-class center of excellence in eye care and vision research continues with the expansion of the new clinical facility and research facility in order to meet the needs of the people of Oklahoma. Our new 78,500-square-foot building adjoins the prior(and still utilized) DMEI facility and provides the space and equipment needed to continue this mission. Our Program Evaluation Committee meets regularly to review the clinical and didactic curriculum. Over the next several years, we anticipate the evolution of our resident continuity clinic and elective experiences.