Ophthalmology Residency

Our faculty includes board-certified, fellowship-trained physicians in every major ophthalmologic subspecialty.

Offered through Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine – Scott & White, our three-year program has a long history of excellence. For more than 20 years, our residents have scored well above the national average on the nationally standardized OKAP exam. During that time, no graduate has failed to obtain board certification through the American Board of Ophthalmology.

Our faculty physicians come from every major ophthalmologic subspecialty, including: retina/vitreous, cornea and external disease, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastic surgery, ophthalmic pathology and refractive surgery.

We accept three ophthalmology residents per year.


In addition to general house staff orientation, residents go through an initial ophthalmology orientation period during which they are taught the principles of examination and utilization of instruments, refraction and management of ocular emergencies. A three-day refraction course is provided.

This entire year is spent at Baylor Scott & White Health facilities and is devoted to assisting senior staff in major ophthalmic surgery, caring for hospitalized patients and seeing patients in outpatient clinic with senior staff supervision.

Our objective is to train our residents to:

  • Understand the pathophysiology of ocular disease
  • Obtain skill in diagnosis and management of medical disease of the eye
  • Become familiar with indications, principles and techniques of ophthalmic surgery
  • Perform surgery

During the final two years of their training, residents rotate between Baylor Scott & White Health and Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center and assume more responsibility and perform intraocular, strabismus and oculoplastic surgery.

Residents serve as first assistant on most surgeries performed at both facilities. During surgeries performed by residents, a senior staff ophthalmologist serves as first assistant.

In outpatient clinics, resident offices are housed in the same area as senior staff offices, which allows residents the ability to immediately present difficult cases to senior staff.

Residents also participate in teaching medical students, who rotate through the same facilities.

Call is rotated among all the residents, and the schedule is determined by the residents. Call is taken at home on a beeper. During the week on call, residents must stay within range of the beeper at all times and answer calls promptly. Call at Olin E. Teague Veterans’ Center and Baylor Scott & White are taken concurrently.

Holidays are assigned to PGY-2 and include:

  • Labor Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Christmas
  • New Year’s Day
  • Easter
  • Train at one of U.S. News & World Report's top hospitals in Texas

    Baylor Scott & White Medical Center – Temple is a 640-bed teaching and research hospital with a Level I trauma center.

How to Apply

Our program participates in the Ophthalmology Matching Program, sponsored by the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology.

Application deadline is November 15.

Application Requirements

Before beginning residency training, applicants must:

  • Graduate from LCME-accredited medical school or American Osteopathic Association accredited school of osteopathy
  • Pass STEP 2 of the USMLE (only STEP 1 must be passed prior to application to program)

Learn more about Baylor Scott & White's housestaff appointment eligibility, including guidelines for international medical graduates.

Contact Us

Heather Boyd
Phone: 254.724.1058
Fax: 254.724.9050

Ophthalmology Residency
Baylor Scott & White Health
1815 S. 31st St.
Temple, TX 76508

Working at Baylor Scott & White Health

Compensation and Benefits

In addition to competitive stipends, we offer our residents a full menu of employee benefits. We help offset the cost of many of these benefits; others are options you can choose to pay for yourself.

Life in Temple

Temple uniquely offers a combination of access to big-city conveniences while maintaining a small-town atmosphere. Temple has also been ranked among the Top 20 Fastest Growing Cities in Texas and one of America's most affordable places of 2015.

Why Baylor Scott & White

As the largest not-for-profit health care system in Texas and one of the largest in the United States, Baylor Scott & White Health includes 48 hospitals, more than 900 patient care sites, more than 6,000 active physicians and more than 40,000 employees.

Check out all of our programs in North and Central Texas