Residency Program

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 Strengths

  • A large catchment area of diverse patient populations resulting in large variety of pathology and high surgical volumes. This affords residents to be exposed to almost every major clinical diagnosis.
  • Enthusiastic and supportive teaching staff with representation in comprehensive ophthalmology and all subspecialty areas.
  • Department has a very strong basic science research component with dedicated staff. Residents who have an interest in this area of research are invited to participate as time allows.
  • Interested residents are able to seek training in Masters in Science or Public Health degrees simultaneously during residency, using elective time.
  • Department has a fully equipped Ophthalmic Surgical Skills Centre with virtual surgery simulator, surgical instruments, surgical microscopes and the latest phacoemulsification machines for teaching, development and practice of surgical techniques throughout all years of residency.
  • A well-established mentorship program to assist in maximizing the education experience of each resident and provide staff the opportunity to share life lessons while developing a professional relationship in a collaborative learning environment.
  • Promotion of resident wellness via Resident Wellness Day, staff/resident events and the mentorship program.
  • Exceptionally cohesive staff, residents and support staff.
  • Local, national and international elective opportunities.
  • Financial support (by the Department and the University) assists residents in attending TORIC, basic science and review courses as well as national and international meetings. There is also financial support for major books, learning resources and tools.
  • The Department receives exceptional support from the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation which translates to better teaching and learning environments for the residents.
  • Department has strong Fellowship programs in glaucoma and retina which increases learning opportunities for residents.

How to Apply

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 inquires please contact, Residency Program Administrator.