Postgraduate Education

Residency Program
The University of Manitoba offers a five year comprehensive residency training program in ophthalmology that is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Following the PGY-1 year, which is designed to give a broad-based clinical exposure, the residents start their four core years of ophthalmology with a six-week basic science course in Toronto (TORIC) and introduction to general ophthalmology. Throughout the four academic years, regularly dedicated formal lecture time and seminars are provided. Residents attend a number of conferences throughout the year and are encouraged to make presentations at national and international ophthalmic meetings. The new curriculum encompassing four years of training has dedicated research time, electives and more in-depth exposure to subspecialties. The resident's progress is closely monitored in the clinics, operating room and teaching sessions and by practice oral examinations. All residents write the OKAP exam in the spring of each year and have an oral examination in December of each year. Evaluations are performed twice per year and are based on academic knowledge as assessed by the oral exams or the OKAP and clinical, surgical, ethical, communications ability, patient interaction evaluation by all faculty members involved with the resident during the evaluation period. Residents will graduate with extensive experience in outpatient clinics along with first-rate skills in all of the surgical disciplines. For more information on the program description, please visit for our program description.

Program Highlights
Enthusiastic and friendly teaching staff with an excellent representation of subspecialty interests.

  • Large catchment area resulting in high surgical volumes and an excellent case mix.
  • Elective opportunities that can be taken locally, nationally or internationally.
  • The opportunity to be involved in the delivery of medical care for northern communities.
  • A completely new clinic space was opened at the Children's hospital in 2008 with a significant investment in new equipment.
  • Construction has started on a new extension to the facilities at the Misericordia Health Centre. There is a large area within this facility allocated for ophthalmology. This investment will also see the new space fitted with state-of-the-art facilities and equipment.
  • During the course of the program residents will be funded to attend the TORIC basic sciences course in Toronto in PGY1, the Brandon Ophthalmic Surgical Course and have the opportunity to attend a review course prior to the Royal College examination.

Program Curriculum

The program will ensure a comprehensive training in clinical and surgical ophthalmology. Surgical teaching will be incorporated throughout PGY2-5. There is regular series of seminars teaching the basic sciences and clinical ophthalmology as well as a university-based curriculum to cover topics common to all disciplines. The department has an active visiting professor program attracting internationally recognized speakers from Canada and abroad. Journal club catering to both general and subspecialty interests meets regularly.

The PGY1 year will give the resident a comprehensive experience in relevant hospital specialties including medicine, infectious diseases, neuro-radiology, neurology, plastic surgery, emergency medicine, pediatrics & rheumatology. At the end of the year, there will be 6 weeks dedicated to ophthalmology to gain familiarity with examination techniques and common pathology. The resident will then finish the year by attending the six-week basic science course for ophthalmology in Toronto.

PGY2 aims to provide a solid foundation in general ophthalmology. There is a residents' clinic that runs every morning, providing acute care for patients as well as allowing residents the opportunity to follow their patients under the supervision of staff. The afternoons will be used to rotate through general and subspecialty clinics, attending the operating room with the attending when they have scheduled OR time.

In the years that follow, the resident will assume a more senior role, helping to teach & supervise the junior resident. Greater emphasis will be placed on subspecialty clinics and surgery. Elective periods are available for residents to explore areas of interest. These can be arranged locally, elsewhere in Canada or overseas (following approval by the Program Director).

Residents will be expected to be involved in clinical or basic science research. Their work will be submitted for presentation at the residents' research day.

Training Sites
Misericordia Health Centre, Children's Hospital of Winnipeg, private offices of teaching staff in Winnipeg, Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and the GRMC Vision Centre in Brandon.