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Ophthalmology Residency


Ophthalmologist Charles Bouchard with a patientThe Loyola University Medical Center (LUMC) - Edward Hines, Jr. VA Hospital (HVAH) Ophthalmology Residency Program provides a joint education opportunity offered by the two institutions. The majority of physician members of the department are all faculty members of the Stritch School of Medicine (SSOM), Loyola University, Chicago. The training program utilizes both LUMC and HVAH to provide the formal instruction and patient care experience needed to prepare a physician to successfully complete the examination process offered by the American Board of Ophthalmology (ABO). Successful completion of the examination process gains for the physician certification and benefits of such recognition.

The residency gives the physician access to the body of knowledge required to competently handle a wide variety of clinical problems related to the eye. This is accomplished by guiding the learner through the appropriate textbooks, periodicals, slide teaching sets, hands-on experience, consultation and professional development through interaction with the faculty in a one-to-one or small group setting. Research activities, together with and under the supervision of the faculty, introduce the resident to the procedures and techniques necessary to carry on meaningful and productive exploration of the frontiers of ophthalmology. This also enables the resident to experience the satisfaction of completing these efforts, presenting the results at national meetings, and ultimately publishing the work in refereed journals.

Microsurgery Resident Wet Lab

Loyola Ophthalmology is hosting a wet lab, Saturday, September 15, 2018.
Target Audience: 40-50 residents.
Attending participation from all 6 Chicago Ophthalmology Resident Programs.

7:30 am: Continental Breakfast
8:00 am - 12 Noon: Lectures
1:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Wet Lab

Loyola Stritch School of Medicine, Maywood, Il

Advanced Cataract and Glaucoma Wet Lab Surgical Skills

  1. Microinvasive Glaucoma Procedures
  2. Glaucoma Drainage Devices
  3. Cornea (amniotic membrane placement)
  4. Advanced Cataract Procedures
  5. Anterior Vitrectomy

Daily Schedule 1:00 - 5:00 PM

Fees Waived to All Chicago Area Ophthalmology Residents

Questions/More Information:
Darlene DeMent: 708-216-4161 or ddement@lumc.edu
Meenakshi Chaku, MD: 708-216-9598 or meenakshi.chaku@lumc.edu

Course Location:
Loyola University Medical Center
Stritch School of Medicine
2160 S. First Avenue
Maywood, IL 60153 



Loyola Medicine ophthalmology residencyTo assure the successful completion of each rotation, supervising faculty works with each resident in developing knowledge and skill in each of six core competencies as identified by the ACGME (The American Council of Graduate Medical Education).

The competencies are:

  • Medical Knowledge
  • Patient Care
  • Communication Skills
  • Professionalism
  • Practice Based and Lifelong Learning
  • Social and Community Context of Healthcare
  • Surgical Skills

The evaluation tools used by the Ophthalmology Department to assess resident competencies at the completion of each rotation are:

Competency Evaluation Tool Competency Assessed
Written Evaluation of Resident
  • All 6 Competencies
Oral Evaluation of Resident
  • Medical Knowledge
  • Practice-based Learning
Progress Notebook (check list)
  • Medical Knowledge
Skills Transfer Manual (check list)
  • Medical Knowledge (surgery skill)
Patient Evaluation (of resident)
  • Professionalism 
  • Patient Care
Mini-Clinical Evaluation Exercise
  • Patient Care 
  • Communication
  • Professionalism 
  • Practice-based Learning

Download the Loyola Competency Evaluation Tools.


Faculty Evaluation of Residents

The first year residents will be given special attention by the program director during the first several months to assure appropriate orientation to the program and provide the resident with the opportunity for questions regarding any aspect of the program.

Each faculty member provides feedback to each resident on their service on a daily basis. The clinical and surgical management skills are assessed and appropriate support and encouragement of quality care is provided. Resident have opportunity to discuss different approached to management.

Formal faculty evaluations of all residents take place every 3 months. Evaluation forms (New Innovations) are completed for each resident by the supervising subspecialist in conjunction with the program director and comments from a general faculty meeting with all the full time attendings. The resident is given the opportunity to discuss the evaluation on the formal basis with the Program Director. The program director and resident then sign the evaluation form.

Each resident takes the Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) exam. The residents discuss the results of the exam with the Program Director. If the results are unsatisfactory, the resident will be given additional help in the areas of weakness. Scores are kept confidential.
Any resident who has not achieved a satisfactory status after l8 months will be placed on academic probation and may be required to complete an additional 3-6 months of training in order to successfully complete their residency training.

Resident Evaluation of Faculty

All full and part time faculty are evaluated by the residents at the end of each rotation, on a 3-month basis, on GME Toolkit (New Innovations Web Monitoring). A copy of the evaluation is electronically submitted to the Attending only after enough evaluations have been accumulated so that all resident evaluations are anonymous. A second copy of the evaluation is kept by the Department Chairman. The evaluations are anonymous.

Resident Evaluation of Program

Each resident evaluates the program on an annual basis. The program director addresses the general areas of deficiency and tries to make changes to address the deficiencies. Evaluations are kept on file. These evaluations are also done anonymously.

Resident Evaluation of Rotation

The residents will evaluate their experience in the following subspecialty rotations in order to improve the training in these areas (New Innovations):

  • Anterior Segment
  • General Surgery
  • Oculoplastics
  • Pediatrics
  • Posterior Segment

All Evaluations by the Residents, i.e., Evaluation of the Faculty; Evaluation of the Rotation; Evaluation of the Program are anonymous.

How to Apply

Loyola Medicine ophthalmology residencyThe Department of Ophthalmology encourages applications from motivated individuals who desire a collegial atmosphere in which to develop their critical diagnostic, patient management, microsurgical skills and research abilities.

2020 Interview Dates:

Thursday, November 5, 2020

Friday, November 6, 2020

Interviews start at 8am both days.

Each applicant must contact the Central Application Service (CAS) to request a standardized application form which is available from:

The Central Application Service
SF Match

655 Beach Street
San Francisco, CA 94109
(voice) 415-447-0350
(fax) 415-561-8535

The CAS Application is available online in PDF format. In order to view, download, save and edit the application, you will need to have FREE Adobe Reader installed on your computer.

Applicants should send their completed form to CAS, which then forwards it to Loyola. CAS recommends that you have your application to them by August 30.

Loyola's CAS Application submission deadline is Friday September 4, 2019.

Loyola will accept additional letters of recommendations. Please have the writer send the letter via email to jhuff@lumc.edu.

Loyola University Medical Center accepts exchange visitors sponsored through the Exchange Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG). Applicants must be eligible for a J-1 or J-2 Visa. These are the only visa types supported by our institution.
For information regarding J-1 and J-2 Visas, the Exchange Visitor Sponsorship Program and application process, please visit the following links:

The CAS application should include:

  1. Your completed CAS application form (please type or print).
  2. A personal statement.
  3. Your official college transcript.
  4. Your official medical school transcript.
  5. A copy of your USMLE scores or FLEX Examination scores.
  6. Three faculty letters of recommendation, and one from the dean of your medical school.
    (The Dean’s letter may be submitted after October 1.)
  7. A bibliography or copies of your publications, if applicable.
  8. Your official OMP Match Number.

Please request that the CAS send all materials to:

Loyola University Medical Center
Department of Ophthalmology
Director Residency Program
2160 South First Avenue
Building 102, Room 2606
Maywood, IL 60153

A committee carefully reviews each applicant’s materials and invites the best qualified applicants to be interviewed at Loyola. All applicants are given thoughtful consideration and decisions are not based on race, religion, creed, age or sex.