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Ophthalmology Residency Overview

The Prisma Health–Midlands/University of South Carolina School of Medicine Columbia residency training program in ophthalmology has enjoyed a long history of excellence. For more than two decades, the ophthalmology residency has been recognized as one of the top programs in the Southeast. Our success is due to the fact that we are a "resident's" residency program. Our graduates have considerable surgical experience and are exposed to a broad range of pathological conditions.

We offer resident rotations in subspecialty clinics, continuity clinics,and consultative ophthalmology. Residents work closely in these clinics with full-time faculty supervision and with local community based ophthalmologists, thereby complementing the educational experience provided by our university-based attendings. Rotations are structured to provide graduated responsibility at each level of training. Our third year residents are afforded a great number of ophthalmic surgical procedures, in excess of 200 intraocular cases, to assure competence and confidence in performing various types of ocular surgery.Our three year ophthalmology training program is poised to meet the changing needs of today's health care. We select three residents annually and it is our goal to ensure that they receive comprehensive training in ophthalmology in order to prepare them to become excellent clinicians.

Our clinical and basic science research departments, in collaboration with other departments within the medical school, have continually developed and secured NIH funding for clinically relevant projects in the areas of cornea, diabetes, glaucoma and retina.

Our residency program benefits from the diverse population of patients with wide ranging ophthalmic pathology that visit our practices. Our clinics accept referrals from throughout SC, NC and GA, caring for more than 50,000 patients annually.

Our mission is to deliver excellent eye care with compassion and commitment for the overall well-being of our patients. We teach our residents primary eye care so they may aspire to prominence with a strong foundation in general ophthalmology. We engage in basic and applied research in order to improve the quality of life for all.