Residency Program Director

randall j olsen

Thank you for visiting our website. As Residency Director, I am delighted to invite you to learn more about our program. You will find information about an ophthalmology residency that is established as one of the top training programs in the country. Even so, we are not content to rest on our laurels, and we are constantly striving to improve.

A great training program starts from the top down. At Utah, we are privileged to have a visionary chairman who is truly devoted to the pursuit of excellence in education, clinical care, and research. Dr. Randall J Olson is an outstanding leader and is a great resident advocate.

The clinical faculty of the John A. Moran Eye Center are truly world-class and cover all subspecialty areas of ophthalmology. Residents are outnumbered approximately 3:1 by full-time clinical faculty. Our clinician educators have very active practices and residents have access to all patients in our system. This is perhaps one of our greatest strengths. There are no distinctions between "resident" and "attending or private" patients. By necessity and design, there is a high level of supervision and teaching which allows this system to work.

Residents are our program's greatest asset. Utah is known for a prolific clinical and surgical experience. Our approach is definitely "hands on" and this puts a great deal of responsibility on our resident housestaff. Our graduates are consistently recruited directly out of residency by busy, productive practices looking for providers who have a track record of being able to step in and perform well from the outset. Approximately one third of our graduates match for fellowships, and many continue to be active contributors to academia and research.

The John A. Moran Eye Center continues to evolve and provide even more opportunities for physicians in training. Our parent institution, the University of Utah Hospitals and Clinics and School of Medicine, also is thriving in terms of growth and innovation, with new infrastructure and programs. Affiliations with very busy veterans' and children's hospitals, both of which are on campus, continue to flourish. Our curriculum includes four months of electives in the PGY4 year, including an optional 3-week international rotation. Finally, our Moran Eye Center basic science and clinical research labs and world renowned faculty allow trainees direct access to quality research opportunities.

Package all this up and place it in a scenic, friendly, safe, affordable setting with unparalleled recreational opportunities, and you have the ideal place to complete an ophthalmology residency.

Come visit us and see for yourself!

Mark Mifflin MD
Program Director