Why Choose DMEI

Why Choose the Dean McGee Eye Institute’s Residency Program?

We know you have choices when it comes to ophthalmology residency programs. Selecting the program that is right for you takes time and diligence. It’s important to know the strengths of each program you’re considering. With this in mind, we want to share the reasons why the residency program at the Dean McGee Eye Institute (DMEI)/University of Oklahoma (OU) Department of Ophthalmology is one of the most sought-after residencies in the nation.

Outstanding Faculty

The DMEI/OU faculty is comprised of more than 30 physicians across all subspecialties of ophthalmology. Many of our faculty members are leaders in ophthalmology and include:

  • Two past presidents of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)
  • A past president of the American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS)
  • A past president of the Program Directors Council of the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology (AUPO)
  • A past president of the American Glaucoma Society (AGS)
  • Three past or current Directors of the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO)
  • Three recipients of Secretariat Awards from the American Academy of Ophthalmology

In addition, many of our faculty members are actively involved in research and publish their results in many peer-reviewed journals. DMEI/OU faculty are also in high demand as speakers at conferences and seminars across the country and around the world where they share their expertise with other ophthalmologists.
We encourage you to get to know our faculty by clicking here to browse their online profiles.

Exceptional Surgical Experience

An exceptional surgical experience is one of the defining characteristics of the DMEI/OU residency program. We combine volume and complexity for residents to undergo one of the most comprehensive ophthalmic surgical experiences available. A high level of faculty involvement and progressive resident surgical autonomy enables you to become comfortable as surgeons and prepared for future practice. Learn more about DMEI/OU’s surgical experience by clicking here.

Microsurgical Training Facility

DMEI/OU has a fully-equipped microsurgical simulator suite to prepare you for live surgical experience. Surgical simulation is woven into the curriculum and provides you with one-on-one surgical instruction early in your residency. Through this process, faculty feel residents are more prepared and confident to perform actual surgeries. In fact, the aggregate performance of our residents with regards to cataract surgery complication rates compares well to benchmarks for attending surgeons. You can learn more about DMEI/OU’s microsurgical training facility by clicking here.

Learning Experiences

In addition to our robust surgical training program, DMEI/OU offers you many learning experiences that enhance your knowledge of ophthalmology with a focus on case presentation and discussion. These include Grand Rounds, didactic conferences with faculty members three times a week, lectures from nationally-renowned speakers, and various other opportunities. We encourage you to click here to learn more about the learning experiences offered our residents.

Research Opportunities

As part of the DMEI/OU residency program, you’re given time to undertake your own research initiatives. We provide this opportunity so your research can be published in a peer-reviewed journal or presented at a regional or national meeting. DMEI/OU also provides funds to attend any national meeting where you have a paper or poster presentation. You can click here to learn more about residency research.

Funded Activities

There are a number of DMEI/OU-funded activities we encourage you to participate in. These include the annual AAO meeting, a regional multi-state conference, a keratorefractive or cataract conference, and our global eye care program. Click here to learn more.


The quality of graduates is proof of a strong residency program. Our older alumni are leaders in ophthalmology and our more recent alumni are establishing themselves as such. We have alumni in 25 states throughout all areas of the country, with a few practicing internationally as well. We invite you to learn more about our alumni by clicking here.

Top-Ranked Residency Program

These are some of the reasons DMEI/OU has one of the top-ranked residency programs in the nation. You can explore our website to learn more about the program and the Dean McGee Eye Institute.

For more information, contact Gabby De La Rosa, DMEI/OU Sr. Residency Program Coordinator, at 405.271.7816.