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Department of Ophthalmology Education Ophthalmology Residency

Ophthalmology Residency

Christina R. Prescott - Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

Christina R. Prescott, MD, PhD

Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program

NYU Langone’s Department of Ophthalmology has a long history of dedication to teaching and mentorship. Faculty at our multiple locations provide a wealth of information in a well-balanced and nurturing setting. The addition of new clinical and research faculty and the development of our research infrastructure has strengthened our residents’ training. We are focused on your wellbeing and creating a positive learning environment where residents feel supported and challenged.

The department’s program leadership is committed to providing the highest level of residency education. Our mentorship program matches residents with attendings who provide support and guidance, and our advanced surgical curriculum helps you become a skilled and confident ophthalmic surgeon. Our complete didactic schedule is supplemented with a visiting lecture series and conference seminars.

The diversity of our teaching sites and patient population is one of the highlights of our program. The combination of NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue, the VA NY Harbor Healthcare System, NYU Langone’s Tisch Hospital and Kimmel Pavilion, Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, and our NYU Langone Eye Center provides unmatched patient diversity and the opportunity to learn the latest evidence-based techniques and how to provide the highest-quality care.

Our residents have a wide range of impressive educational backgrounds. Discover more about our current residents and recent graduates.

We thank you for your interest in our program and invite you to learn more about us.

Residency Admissions and Application

The Department of Ophthalmology selects its residents through the SF Match Ophthalmology Matching Program, and includes an integrated postgraduate year one (PGY-1).

Five positions are available in the 2023–2024 match. House officers are selected for their enthusiasm, academic excellence, collaborative approach, and dedication to providing unparalleled patient care. We accept applications from all graduating medical students. Students of underrepresented backgrounds including, but not limited to, those who identify as Black or African American, Latinx, Native American, Native Pacific Islander, or Native Alaskan are encouraged to apply.

Prospective residents apply through the central application service SF Match, which distributes all applications to our residency program. We ask candidates not to send any materials directly to NYU Langone’s Department of Ophthalmology.

NYU Langone does not offer H-1B visa sponsorship for house staff, residents, or fellows. J-1 sponsorship is available through the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). O-1 sponsorship is also available. For more information, please contact the Office of Graduate Medical Education.

Resident Housing

Incoming residents can complete a two-step housing request process on or after Match Day of their starting year. Learn more about housing for eligible employees.

Resident Vacation and Call Schedule

Vacation is typically taken in four one-week increments. PGY-2 residents who utilize a night coverage system from Sunday to Thursday nights typically take primary call. PGY-2 residents start on-call duties in a buddy system with senior residents until around Labor Day. PGY-4 residents provide support to PGY-2 and PGY-3 residents on call, and attending supervision is always available.

Learn more information for incoming house staff.

Residency Events

Our residents enjoy living in New York City and find many opportunities to network and enjoy the culture. The department typically holds a number of social and wellness events, conferences, and retreats throughout the year.

Residency Mentorship

The Department of Ophthalmology has a robust mentoring system to support our residents throughout their training and guide them as they prepare for careers in their chosen fields.

Our junior residents are assigned senior resident buddies and faculty mentors to help acclimate to the program. This support system helps you set goals and make plans for fellowship and beyond. Residents may change mentors once a specialty is chosen to better advise them on career goals and the fellowship application process.

Residents are provided numerous opportunities to teach. They serve as mentors to our medical students and teach in clinics, didactics, and clerkships. Residents also present cases to trainees and faculty in other departments. Our grand rounds series features resident case presentations, which are formulated with the input of faculty advisors. Residents also present at weekly chief rounds and at other specialty conferences.

Contact Us

To learn more about our program, contact OphthalmologyAdminEducation@NYULangone.org.

Residency Curriculum

We offer a world-class training experience in diverse clinical and academic settings.

Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to providing a diverse and inclusive environment for our medical students and trainees.