A defining feature of the CPMC ophthalmology training program is our commitment to caring for the underserved people of the San Francisco Bay Area and Northern California. The home base of our residency program is the Lions Eye Clinic of San Francisco, a resident-run clinic that serves a broad population of low-income and uninsured patients. The Lions Eye Clinic is housed at the Pacific Vision Eye Institute and funded with generous support from the Lions Eye Foundation. With supervision by CPMC faculty, residents in Lions Eye Clinic treat patients with a wide variety of ocular pathologies and have the opportunity to deeply impact the lives of the most vulnerable people in our community.
CPMC residents rotate at Highland Hospital in Oakland throughout the entire course of their training. Highland is a county hospital, the only Level 1 trauma center in the East Bay, and is especially vital for low-income and uninsured people, immigrants, and refugees. The Highland ophthalmology clinic is staffed by full-time attendings, as well as subspecialists that practice throughout the Bay Area and are part of the CPMC faculty. The resident experience at Highland is a defining one, consisting of high operative volume, complex decision-making, and gradual and appropriate autonomy.
In the final year of residency, our residents spend four months at Kaiser Hospital in San Francisco. On the Kaiser rotation, residents run an acute care clinic, hone advanced techniques in cataract surgery, and deepen their exposure to ocular oncology.
Our faculty include nationally respected ophthalmologists who practice throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Residents learn the intricacies of each ophthalmologic discipline during subspecialty rotations with faculty in a variety of practice settings.
An international elective is available to CPMC residents who wish to expand their training further afield. Many residents choose to travel to Aravind Eye Hospital in India where they offer a structured course in small incision extracapsular cataract surgery.