Doximity ranks Moran’s residency program among the nation’s top 10 programs for a third year running.

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Moran residents and faculty collaborate to create a new interactive ophthalmology curriculum.

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New Moran wellness initiatives taking on resident burnout.

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At Operation Sight Day, Moran’s medical residents hone surgical expertise.

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U.S. News & World Report has ranked the Moran Eye Center among the best in the nation for providing excellent patient care. 

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Our residency is a three-year program (not including transitional/preliminary year) and is approved and accredited by the Accreditation Council of Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). We appoint four residents each year through the San Francisco Match program to begin residency July 1 after the required transitional year with University of Utah Health's Internal Medicine Program. We accept applications beginning in early August.

Interview dates for 2020

  • Wednesday - November 4, 2020
  • Friday - November 6, 2020
  • Monday - November 9, 2020
  • Wednesday - November 11, 2020

The Moran Eye Center provides vision care for the approximately five million residents of the Mountain West. This region includes Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Montana, as well as eastern Nevada and western Colorado.

The center’s ophthalmology residents receive a tremendous amount of hands-on training and will perform more than 300 cataract extractions and about 400 other major surgical operations during their time in Utah. These numbers do not include assisting during surgery or performing parts of a surgical case with a faculty member. It is important to note that all surgeries are supervised by an attending faculty member. During the third year, residents have two months of elective time to devote to extended studies in a sub-specialty of their choice, extra work where needed, and the opportunity to travel out of the country for humanitarian outreach, training, and education. A weekly continuity clinic is held for all levels of residency including the internship year while in ophthalmology.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Moran Eye Center is offering a limited number of $500 scholarships to those applicants who enroll in the “Clinical Preceptorship in Ophthalmology” away rotation (Course #7600). These applicants must identify as a member of a group that is underrepresented in medicine. The American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) defines these groups as students who identify as Black or African American, Hispanic or Latino, and/or Native American (American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian).  

Research scholarships are available to one or two residents through the ARCS Foundation. Additional research funding is available to all residents in the program. Please contact Chandler Thompson for more information,

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Additional Resources

For more information, please contact the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Academic Office at 801-585-3719.

Contact Us

University of Utah School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences
Moran Eye Center
Academic Office
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Phone: 801-585-3719
Fax: 801-581-5806

Jeff Pettey, MD, MBA, Vice Chair of Education
Phone: 801-581-2352

Rachel G. Simpson, MD, Associate Program Director
Phone: 801-581-2352

Meghan Johnson, Academic Program Assistant
Phone: 801-213-4044

Chandler Thompson, Executive Assistant
Phone: 801-581-3023

Elaine Peterson, C-TAGME, Program Manager, Academics
Phone: 801-585-6701

Barbara Korous, Director, Operations

Grand Rounds Video Archive

Grand Rounds at the Moran Eye Center/Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at the University of Utah have been a tradition for more than three decades. At Moran CORE, we are pleased to make available our weekly one-hour Moran Eye Center Grand Rounds lectures for ophthalmologists and all healthcare professionals worldwide.