Ophthalmology Residency Program

Welcome to the Ophthalmology Residency Program at the University of Alberta!

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Canadian medical graduates applicants to our Residency Training Program in Ophthalmology must apply through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Please consult the CaRMS website for guidelines and requirements.

For general questions or admissions inquiries please contact, Residency Program Administrator.

Please contact Tony Chae (tchae1@ualberta.ca), Gurkaran Sarohia (sarohia@ualberta.ca) or Natalie Arnold (narnold1@ualberta.ca) with any questions.

Dr. Hermina Strungaru 
Program Director, Ophthalmology

Dr. Carlos Solarte
Competency by Design Lead, Ophthalmology

Devra Samay  
Program Administrator 
Email: mededovs@ualberta.ca  

Contact Information  
Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
2301, 10240 Kingsway Avenue NW
Edmonton AB T5H 3V9
t: 780-735-5954
f: 780-735-4969


Dr. Hermina Strungaru
Program Director


Dr. Carlos Solarte
Competency By Design Lead



Devra Samay
Program Administrator


At the University of Alberta Department of Ophthalmology, we provide a supportive learning environment rich in learning opportunities in all the ophthalmic subspecialties. With a referral base of 3 million citizens and one of the largest catchment areas in Canada, residents are trained to manage a wide range of routine and complex, trauma, acute and chronic conditions. Teaching in both outpatient and inpatient settings revolves around clinical and surgical experiences, seminars, conferences and research projects that encourage the advancement of knowledge. Our modern eye clinics are staffed by an extraordinary allied eye care team who work with us to provide world-class patient care. We are one of only few institutions in Canada with a dedicated inpatient ophthalmology ward, which allows residents to apply their general medicine skills.

Our PGY1 residents are paired with a staff mentor, attend weekly ophthalmology academic half days, and spend 8 weeks on the ophthalmology service. The PGY2 resident on night call is supported by a senior resident and a staff person. This buddy call system allows for graduated levels of responsibility that safely develops learner independence. Also, on most weekends an ophthalmic technician assists the on-call resident.

Early surgical exposure is also strongly supported. Residents do not compete with fellows for cases, and our residents attain excellent surgical volumes.

Resident wellness is prioritized through annual wellness retreats and both formal and informal wellness events including the Ron Casey Memorial Golf Tournament, Retina Symposium, External Eye Disease Symposium, Glaucoma Symposium, and Resident Wellbeing Day. We promote equity, diversity, inclusion, and belongingness. Approximately half of our residents and a third of our staff are women or a visible minority.

Residents can pursue their passions within ophthalmology through electives in rural and global settings, research projects, teleophthalmology, or a concurrent Masters degree. Our 43+ experienced, diverse, enthusiastic and collegial staff are committed to medical education, community health and research. Two of the core staff have a Master of Education, four have a Master of Public Health, two have research MSc’s, four have combined MD and PhD credentials with one full-time PhD vision scientist. The University of Alberta is one of the top 75 universities for medicine in the world (Times Higher Education, 2023) and the Royal Alexandra Hospital ranks as one of the best hospitals in Canada (Newsweek, 2023). The University of Alberta has the second-largest research library in Canada.

In summary, our program caters to the unique needs of our residents. We provide you with ample resources to attain the Royal College CanMEDS abilities and Competency by Design requirements, and to become outstanding ophthalmologists. Our graduates have flourished as comprehensive ophthalmologists, and many go on to pursue prestigious subspecialty fellowships.

We aspire to be the premier ophthalmology residency program in North America. We seek diverse residency candidates who are compassionate, conscientious, capable, and resilient, with a strong work ethic and the conviction to improve society. We look forward to meeting you!



Our Residency Training Program is a dynamic and clinically active training program with state of the art outpatient, inpatient and surgical facilities. The resident contingent is intricately involved in all aspects of patient care. The residents work closely with most of the ophthalmologists in the Edmonton area to obtain the fundamental principles and skills needed to become competent clinicians. As a cohesive group, they work with the staff to provide quality care for the patients. Teaching revolves around clinical and surgical experience as well as seminars, conferences and research projects designed to encourage the advancement of knowledge.

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences is involved in a number of extracurricular activities including the Ron Casey Memorial Golf Tournament, Retina Symposium, External Eye Disease Symposium, Glaucoma Symposium, Resident Wellbeing Day.

Program Highlights


Strong, comprehensive training with extensive subspecialty exposure. Preceptors are very accessible and prioritize clinical teaching, surgical training, and research.

Promotion of resident wellness via Resident Wellness Day, staff/resident events and the mentorship program.

Patients come from Edmonton, Northern Alberta, Northern BC, Northwest Territories, Yukon, Northern Saskatchewan and Manitoba.

Residents are well-prepared to manage trauma and acute and chronic ophthalmic conditions
Our surgical volumes are among the highest in the country.

Interested residents can undertake a Masters in Science or a Public Health degree simultaneously during residency.



Pediatric and Adult Strabismus
Ocular Oncology


  • Dedicated and supportive faculty
  • Tight-knit and supportive resident group
  • Outstanding exam preparation 
  • Formal and informal mentorship
  • Annual Resident Wellness Retreats
  • Strong network of alumni supports
Resident Jasper Ski Trip

Resident Jasper Ski Trip


Edmonton with a population of 1.5 million, is the fifth largest city in Canada and was recognized as the best city in Canada for work and life balance. https://dailyhive.com/edmonton/edmonton-best-city-in-canada-work-and-life-balance

Housing is affordable in Edmonton with little road traffic. Our cost of living is less than Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary, Ottawa, and London. https://wowa.ca/cost-of-living-canada Edmonton is one of the sunniest places in Canada with sunshine almost 90% of the year.

Celebrating 50 festivals annually, Edmonton is Canada’s “Festival City” with a wealth of cultural venues, innovative eateries, abundant shopping with the largest mall in Canada, and many outdoor activities with beautiful ravines, rivers, nature and wildlife, and Jasper nearby. For sports enthusiasts, the Edmonton Oilers have won the Stanley Cup five times, and Edmonton Elks are 14-time Grey Cup football champions.