Education at Casey Eye Institute

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National leader in ophthalmic education and training

OHSU Casey Eye Institute has a unique commitment to training future ophthalmologists and subspecialists. We have 20 ophthalmology residents and fellowships in cornea, glaucoma, retina, oculoplastics, uveitis and pediatric ophthalmology. Our residency program and fellowship opportunities are among the most coveted in the nation. We routinely get more than 500 applications for the five residency positions we award each year.

Our reputation as a national leader in training and educating the next generation of ophthalmologists and vision researchers comes in part from our history as the first ophthalmology residency program in the Pacific Northwest. But the prestige of our education programs is also due to the growing reputation of our research work, along with the breadth of our ophthalmic specialties and faculty support. All of our faculty participate in our training programs. It is part of being at Casey - helping to build the foundation for the future of ophthalmology.

Dr. Hwang and residents at OHSU Casey Eye Institute

Residency program

Our residents value Casey's award-winning residency program because of our clinical and research programs, our supportive faculty and exposure to a wide range of sub-specialties and sub-specialty experts. We offer our residents the most up-to-date training opportunities, including training in a microsurgical laboratory and an ophthalmic surgery simulator. Learn more about the exceptional residency program at Casey.


Casey offers advanced post-residency fellowship programs led by our world-class clinicians and scientists. We train 11 to 15 new fellows each year, in every ophthalmic sub-specialty. View our fellowship training opportunities. 

Research training programs

National Institutes of Health Vision Research Training Programs

Casey's leadership in vision research has allowed it to become one of only a few ophthalmology programs in the nation that participate in two prestigious vision research training programs. The programs are funded by the National Eye Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health.  

“T32” Vision Research Program

OHSU Casey Eye Institute is pleased to announce a training grant funded by the NIH National Eye Institute. The "T32" program is open to Ph.D. students and post-doctoral fellows who are interested in doing vision research. The program's goals are to prepare trainees in the fundamentals of scientific vision research, and to provide mentoring to help trainees become independent vision researchers. This program generally funds three researchers at Casey at any given time.

View a list of participating faculty (link to new Researchers page).

For additional information or application materials, contact: Michael Chiang, M.D., at 503 418-3087, or Kate Keller at 503-494-2366.

"K12" Program

The NIH "K12" program, provides research support to vision researchers who are also clinicians seeing patients. The program focuses on supporting clinician-researchers at the beginning of their careers. The program generally funds one Casey clinician-researcher at a given time.

Partnership for Scientific Inquiry

This unique course, taught since 1999, pairs high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with OHSU scientists. The program is directed by James Rosenbaum, M.D., Edward Neuwelt, M.D., Richard Rosenbaum, M.D., Tammy Martin, Ph.D., and Kendra Farris, M.D. Learn more about participating in this program.

Medical Student clerkship ophthalmology elective

We offer a clerkship program that gives medical students — from OHSU and elsewhere — experience in ophthalmic subspecialties. The clerkships, often referred to as away rotations or ophthalmology elective for medical students, are four weeks long, and include one week in our comprehensive division, one week on our consult service and two weeks tailored to the student's interest.

OHSU medical students who are interested in a clerkship should contact Raymond Martinez, ophthalmology clerkship coordinator.

Non-OHSU medical students interested in a clerkship may begin applying through the online Visiting Student Application Service (VSAS) on March 25, 2024.

Learn more about our Diversity, Equity and Inclusion commitments, including our Diversity Visiting Medical Student Ophthalmology Rotation Scholarship under Training Programs.