Residency Program

2014 KU Ophthalmology Graduates: Left to right: Thomas Whittaker, MD, Residency Program Director; Anita Campbell, MD, Alan Hromas, MD, Adam AufHeide, MD and John Sutphin, M.D., Luther and Ardis Fry Professor and Chairman, Mohammad Dastjerdi, MD and Thomas Whittaker, M.D., Residency Program Director and Vice-Chairman

KU Eye Residency Program

Our motto of educating tomorrow's generation ~ caring for today's is more than a catchy phrase: it genuinely reflects our goals and motivation to build up the number and caliber of new ophthalmologists to care for the vision needs of all, especially the growing elderly and other special populations.  To accomplish this, at KU Eye, we offer a top-notch education within a fostering, inspiring environment of encouragement and friendliness.  Not only skilled in and committed to teaching, our faculty truly enjoys working with and mentoring the future of ophthalmology. With a select three residents per program year, we welcome likeminded applicants to join our close-knit, value-driven and dedicated KU Eye Team. 

Exceptional Patient Care

At the core of our values is providing patients the highest quality eye care within a compassionate atmosphere.  As a result, we benefit from a large cross-sectional referral base of Missouri, Nebraska and Oklahoma, in addition to all of Kansas.  As the area's leading academic hospital, these patients often present with complex symptomology, failed by private practice resources alone. Out of such a diverse population and involved cases, residents are provided a vast source from which to learn, research, study and document. It is the goal of KU Eye that these unique experiences and the knowledge gained from them will lead to more treatment options and improved vision care.

Grand Rounds, Lectures and Conferences

In an environment encouraging intellectual curiosity and exchange of ideas, residents actively participate in our monthly grand rounds and clinical conferences, both on site and at the University of Kansas Medical Center and Children's Mercy Hospital. Clinical staff passionate about their specialty gives numerous regularly scheduled lectures, which are augmented by weekly morning reports, and monthly fluorescein angiography, cornea, and neuro-ophthalmology case conferences. Pathology lectures and slide reviews are held within the department twice a month. Residents also participate in the Kansas City metropolitan area Journal Club, a meeting held four times a year featuring invited speakers and an opportunity to interact with community ophthalmologists. There are also annual meetings of the Kansas City Society of Ophthalmology and Otolaryngology and the departmental-run Kansas EyeCon, at which each resident presents, along with nationally renowned invited speakers.

A subspecialty Journal Club is held every other month with each resident critically reviewing a selected article published in a major ophthalmic journal. In addition to the medical center's Dykes Library, the department maintains its own library, including video journals and a CD-ROM library of reference textbooks. The department provides computer stations for residents and access to the Internet for information retrieval and medical data base search. Residents participate in continuing medical education courses sponsored by the department and in the education of medical students rotating through the department.


Each resident is enrolled in the American Academy of Ophthalmology's basic science self-study course, with self-instruction supplemented by weekly study sessions involving all residents. Acquisition of technical and surgical skills is guided by the Skills Transfer Checklist, a programmed course required of all residents.

Ensuring SuccessDr. Jason Sokol and residents

Residents receive regular objective evaluations of their performance by faculty. While readily accessible at any time, semiannual meetings with the Program Director and annual meetings with the Chair for scheduled on-on-one discussion are held. All residents are required to take the annual Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) examination.  

For additional information about the KU Ophthalmology residency program, contact Audrey Morrison, Residency Coordinator, at 913-588-6660.

Application and Interview Information

First Year Residency

Second Year Residency

Third Year Residency

Last modified: Apr 30, 2015