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Program Overview

The Ophthalmology Residency program at Dartmouth-Hitchcock (D-H) provides residents with comprehensive training and education in the medical and surgical care of the eye and visual system. This is a new program! We received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) in April, 2019. We have been preparing for years and are excited to welcome our first residents in 2021. Our mission is to train up ethical, highly competent practicing ophthalmologists with well-developed sense of professional responsibility and early habits of a scholarly approach to medical practice.

We recognize that it is difficult for a resident entering a training program to commit to any given career path in ophthalmology. Therefore, we have structured this residency to expose each resident to every aspect of ophthalmology and prepare him or her for a subspecialty fellowship or general ophthalmology practice.

The program makes every level of complexity, age group and subspecialty practice abundantly available. Our research opportunities are diverse with excellent mentorship available in clinical studies, quality improvement and basic science investigation of the visual system. Residents will leave this program equipped to practice all aspects of general ophthalmology. In addition, residents will have sufficient exposure to the more highly specialized aspects of ophthalmology to be able to make an informed decision regarding possible fellowship training.

Throughout the training program, we place emphasis on providing residents with an abundance of supervised operating and decision-making experiences. This approach ensures optimal development of skills, allowing the resident to assume substantial clinical independence in the final year.

About the program

Our residents participate in training at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC) in Lebanon, NH, the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in White River Junction, VT, and Massachusetts Eye and Ear in Boston and Waltham, MA. Ours is a small program within a busy academic medical center that hosts residents and fellows in over 50 other specialties; incoming trainees will be joining a large community of peers training throughout the medical center. There is a well-established institutional infrastructure for resident support.

The DHMC faculty consists of nine fellowship-trained ophthalmologists, two optometrists, and two orthoptists. All major clinical sub-specialties are represented including vitreoretinal, glaucoma, cornea, uveitis, oculoplastics, pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus, neuro-ophthalmology, and refractive surgery. There is no private practice at Dartmouth-Hitchcock; all physicians are clinic employed.

Residents have their own resident clinic within the DHMC Eye Clinic, immediately adjacent to faculty clinics, which allows close supervision and easy consultation. There is a graded responsibility structure, which allows residents to gain progressive competence and responsibility in patient evaluation and medical/surgical management over their three years of training.

DHMC has no ophthalmology fellows competing for cases.

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