Program Overview

Howard University Hospital serves as the principal teaching hospital for the Howard University Hospital Ophthalmology Residency Program that has been accredited since 1946.  The Department of Ophthalmology provides expertise in all of the clinical sub-specialties of ophthalmology.  The residency offers a wide range of clinical experience and provides a strong background for residents entering comprehensive ophthalmology practice and for those pursuing sub-specialty ophthalmic training.  Presently, medical students, emergency room, neurology, pediatric, family practice and general medicine residents attend sub-specialty lectures and/or rotate on our service monthly.  This program does not sponsor a transitional 1year (PGY1).  We encourage matched ophthalmology residency to matriculate in Howard University Hospital's diverse post-graduate year one programs and to have some computer acumen.

The Department is located in the spacious suite of offices and examination room in the hospital's Towers building. This clinical and research facility is a referral center for the surrounding metropolitan area. The clinic is equipped to provide a full range of diagnostic services including ultrasonography, biometry, digital fundus and slit lamp photography, digital fluorescein angiography, automated perimetry, Heidelberg Retinal Tomography, and Optical Coherence Tomography. General ophthalmic and sub-specialty clinics in glaucoma, low vision, oculoplastics, pediatrics, cornea, external disease and retinal diseases are held on a weekly basis.  Neuro-ophthalmology sub-specialty clinic is held bimonthly. The American Board of Ophthalmology certified ophthalmologists who attend these clinics are sub-specialty trained with excellent clinical and surgical skills. A modern minor surgery area and ophthalmic lasers suite provide a convenient area in the clinic to perform out-patient services.  A well-equipped, dedicated eye operating room provides state of the art setting for a wide range of ophthalmic procedures.  An optical shop gives the ophthalmology residents experience in the art of dispensing glasses and contact lenses. A low vision center staffed by a low vision specialist provides a wonderful setting for counseling patients, training patients in activities of daily living and exposes residents to the art of dispensing visual aids.