Richard Hession, M.D., Director, Ophthalmology Residency Program overviews the UT Southwestern Ophthalmology residency and fellowship program.
residents are really the heartbeat of our department. We're a big program or a busy program. Its strength is in the amount of surgery that you'll get to do and the pathology that you'll see. Our surgical numbers are really high across the board just because we're one of the greatest and strongest medical centers in the country. You get experience in a lot of the other specialty areas. And so it's not unheard of to do corvette rectum ease. As a resident, there's so much work to be done. I've never seen fellows and residents competing for surgery. It just doesn't happen when you work at a place like Parkland or JPs and you have a lot of patients who don't have the means to pay with that. They also just don't have a lot of choice about where to go. And so we're the last line for a lot of people and you know, we feel like there is one standard of care for everybody. And I like to think that we provide it to all of our patients. Whether or not they can pay Over the years, we've attracted very, very smart, very compassionate residents. They deliver excellent care to patients at all of our sites. They contribute to their attendings clinics when they spend time there residency is a trying experience no matter what specialty or where you end up going. But we work really well together. The thing that impresses me most is how close the residents are with each other. Our residents are cohesive and not just at work. You know, they like hanging out with each other. You can look at numbers, you can look at patient visits, but ultimately it's, it's the people that you're gonna be around that I think matters most. I never intended to end up in texas when I finally came here for medical school, it kind of felt like home. There was just a lot to do. There's a lot of culture, socially and professionally. It's been a really great place. You leave this program, not just comfortable dealing with some really complex medical and surgical issues, but really good at dealing with those things. And so we're proud of what our graduates are able to do and how they're able to serve the communities that they ultimately end up in.