Ivey Eye Institute - London Ontario Canada

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Program Contact

Mirella Caranci, Program Secretary
Department of Ophthalmology, Western University
268 Grosvenor Street, London, ON N6A 4V2
Tel: 519-646-6000 x65642

Residency program information video

See the CaRMS web site for more information.


Trainees rotate through teaching clinics at the three London hospitals and private offices of consultants. All facilities are equipped appropriately for the specialty.

Quick Facts

  • In the PGY-5 year residents are provided up to 6 months of electives. These are usually taken in the form of community electives or Fellowships.
    Ratio of residents to faculty is 7 core residents (PGY-2 to PGY-5) to 17 faculty.
  • The ophthalmology program sees approximately 70,000 patients per year, approximately 43,000 of whom are seen "in house". We perform approximately 6,000 surgical procedures in operating rooms and approximately 5,000 surgical procedures in procedure rooms within the clinical facilities.
  • Approximately 4,100 laser surgeries are performed clinically in the management of retinal disease and glaucoma.
  • Our diagnostic and orthopedic facilities, which are unique in the region, seeing approximately 14,500 patients per year and provide testing reports to referring physicians throughout the region.
  • There are no mandatory rural rotations.


The PGY-1 year provides a broadly based general year with emphasis on those services that interface with ophthalmology. Special emphasis is provided to the acquisition of skills necessary to pass the Phase II examination of the Medical Council of Canada.

PGY-2 to 5

The program provides the four core years of integrated training in ophthalmology required by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program is structured to provide graded responsibility and appropriate levels of supervision. Emphasis is placed on the acquisition of diagnostic skills in the early phase of the program and on development of surgical abilities in the later part of the program. Emphasis is placed on vertical (subspecialty) rotations in PGY-3 to 5.

Electives are available in PGY-5 year to allow trainees to gain additional expertise. The trainee and the elective supervisor jointly prepare objectives and a plan for the proposed elective which is submitted to the Program Committee for approval before implementation. Both research and clinical elective proposals will be considered.


A dedicated academic half day is committed on Friday for postgraduate education with a combination of lectures, problem solving sessions, surgical wet labs and operating microscope sessions and pathology slide reviews. Additional small group teaching sessions occur on the occasional Friday mornings. A Journal Club is held monthly during the academic year. Guest lecturers provide seminars throughout the year and a visiting professors program is in effect. Speakers of international caliber are also invited to the department's clinical day each year. Training will include comprehensive exposure to basic science related to Ophthalmology.


All residents must take part in clinical or basic science research during their training. The exceptions are during the PGY-1 and PGY-5 years when residents are exempted from a formal research project. PGY-2 to PGY-4 residents can choose to participate either in a different small project each year, or in a major project which is ongoing. The residents are strongly encouraged to choose projects that incorporate their interests and their previous educational background. Residents present their ongoing or completed research at the annual Ophthalmology Research Day. The department has a Research Coordinator who chairs the Research Committee, made up of faculty members. All projects are carried out in conjunction with faculty supervision and must be approved by the Research Committee. The Research Coordinator acts as a resource for all aspects of research, with the goal of publication in peer-reviewed journals and presentation at national and international conferences.

Michael A. Motolko
William Hodge
Ivey Eye Institute
St. Joseph's Health Care London, St. Joseph's Hospital
Department of Ophthalmology, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry
Western University
268 Grosvenor Street, Zone B, Level 1, Room B1-050
London Ontario Canada, N6A 4V2
Tel: 519-646-6100 ext. 66018
www.iveyeye.ca / education / post-graduate-medical-education /
This page last updated on: January 18, 2021.