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Program Type: Military Medical Center

Location: Bethesda, MD

Accredited: Yes, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME)

Program Length: 3 Years

Required Pre-Requisite Training: (1) MD or DO degree. (2) Completion of an ACGME-accredited PGY-1 year. (3) Three months of ophthalmology during PGY-1 year or completed after internship.

Categorical Year in Specialty Required: No

Total Approved Complement: 12

Approved per Year (if applicable): 4

Dedicated research year offered: No

Medical Student Rotation availability: 4th Year

Additional degree concurrent with training (e.g. MPH): No

Program Phone Number: 301-295-1339


Program Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Program Description

The National Capitol Consortium (NCC) Ophthalmology Residency Program in Washington, D.C., is a rigorous training initiative designed to equip active duty Navy and Army residents with specialized skills in ophthalmology. This program integrates comprehensive didactic education with hands-on surgical experience. Graduates emerge as proficient ophthalmologists ready to serve with excellence in both military and civilian healthcare settings. Known for its dynamic atmosphere and rich cultural heritage, Washington, D.C., provides an ideal backdrop for residents to immerse themselves in clinical and academic pursuits.

Residents benefit from the robust support and tremendous resources that the program has to offer. Surgical training is reinforced by a 24/7 surgical simulation lab and EyeSi ocular surgical simulator, and numerous courses designed to hone residents’ ophthalmic medical knowledge and surgical skills. The program boasts early involvement in surgery, a full complement of subspecialty-trained faculty who are eager to teach, and robust faculty mentorship.

Our residents graduate prepared to practice independently. They go on to pursue a variety of interests and jobs, such as supervising a surgical department, running a refractory laser center, deploying overseas, or pursuing a fellowship. Our graduates are competitive in the fellowship match and have successfully trained in a variety of subspecialties, such as retina, oculoplastics, pediatrics, cornea, glaucoma, etc. Feedback from our graduates, their colleagues, and their supervising faculty universally acclaim their preparedness and competency after graduation.

Our program emphasizes the fact that residents are adult learners, and our residents have a tremendous impact in shaping the program and their own education. The program solicits feedback from and supports innovation directed by trainees, from the moment applicants consider a career in ophthalmology to decades after their military retirement. The program offers numerous opportunities for trainees to develop into well-rounded physician-officers, emphasizing global health engagement, volunteerism, research, teaching, and leadership opportunities tailored to residents’ interests and skill level.

Training primarily takes place at the program’s flagship institution, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC) in Bethesda, MD. Residents also rotate at Alexander T. Augusta Military Medical Center (ATAMMC) and Joint Base Andrews. Carefully selected outside rotations at VA hospitals and private practices supplement those at the military treatment facilities, cultivating the best the region has to offer.

The NCC Ophthalmology Residency Program is accredited by the ACGME. It comprises of 36 months of ophthalmology during PGY-2 to PGY-4 and includes four weeks of vacation per year. Time is provided for educational courses, conference presentations, special assignments, or individual circumstances approved by the program director.

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Ophthalmology Residency Program

Location: Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Building 85T, 1st Floor


8901 Rockville Pike
Bethesda, MD 20889

Hours of Operation:

7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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