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Ophthalmology Residency Program Overview

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The University of Kansas Medical Center's Ophthalmology Residency is a four-year ACGME-accredited program designed to provide a well-rounded, intellectually stimulating education in comprehensive ophthalmology, plus the opportunity to gain experience in all sub-specialty areas, beginning with a joint internship with Internal Medicine and followed by three years of ophthalmology. We have a rich and proven history, having proudly graduated 166 outstanding ophthalmologists since the program began in 1946. Our most recent graduates are pictured below (left to right: Drs. Denise Capps, Christina Gillmor and Yong Kam).

Seniors Capps Gillmor and Kam

"Educating tomorrow's generation ~ Caring for today's" - is more than our motto: it genuinely reflects our motivation to build up the number and caliber of new ophthalmologists to care for the vision needs of all, especially the growing elderly population. At the University of Kansas Eye Center, we offer a top-notch education in an environment of encouragement and friendliness. Not just skilled teachers, our faculty truly enjoys working with and mentoring our future ophthalmologists. We welcome like-minded applicants to join our close-knit, value-driven and dedicated University of Kansas Eye Center Team.

group photo of residents

Ensuring Success - residents receive regular objective evaluations of their performance by faculty. The Program Director meets with each resident semi-annually to review their progress. Each spring, residents measure their acquisition of basic and clinical science knowledge in the annual Ophthalmic Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) examination, a test presented and managed by the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

We are very happy you came to visit us and hope you take a moment to explore more about our program!

Thomas J. Whittaker, MD, JD
Vice Chair and Residency Program Director

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Last modified: Jul 09, 2020
Contact Us

Program Director:
Thomas J. Whittaker, MD, JD

Associate Program Directors:
W. Abraham White, MD, Site Director, KCVA Rotation  
Anne Wishna, MD

Program Coordinator:
Audrey Morrison, Phone: 913-588-6660

Chief Resident:
Travis Kimple, MD

Ophthalmology Faculty