Department of Ophthalmology
School of Medicine Queen's University

Overview of Ophthalmology

The Queens University Ophthalmology Residency Program consists of a 5-year curriculum. In the first year, residents rotate through a series of medical and surgical specialties with direct links to ophthalmology, such as plastic surgery, endocrinology and neuro-radiology. First year residents conclude their introductory year by attending the 6-week long TORIC course, where faculty from across Canada, including eminent teachers from our department, deliver an excellent and intensive introductory course for ophthalmology trainees.

Residents in years 2 through 5 move through a carefully planned series of rotations, which ensures that all areas are extensively covered. The PGY-2 year consists of intensive training in emergency eye disease management; however, subspecialty training also occurs during this year. PGY-3 focuses on pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology and oculoplastics. PGY-4 focuses on intensive training in intraocular surgery, as well as continuing medical education in vitreo-retinal diseases. Finally, the focus of PGY-5 is the refinement of skills in the surgical and medical management of corneal diseases and glaucoma, as well as the fine-tuning of advanced cataract surgical skills.

Surgical education is a priority at Queen’s. Thousands of operations, covering all areas of ophthalmology, are performed in our department every year. We are extremely proud that residents are involved in virtually every procedure. Moreover, our residents have the opportunity to work one-on-one with attending surgeons over extended periods, which fosters the close relationships so vital to surgical training. As a result, our residents have tremendous opportunities to perform many procedures, and become confident in the complete range of ophthalmic surgical procedures. We also have a fully supplied surgical skills development lab and a structured skill development curriculum, which allow residents to hone their skills and enhance their progress in the operating room.