Research Rotation

PGY3 ophthalmology resident, Asad Durrani, MD, talks about the research opportunities available to Kellogg Eye Center residents at home and abroad.


Recognizing that research is an essential part of residency training and current ophthalmology practice, the Kellogg Eye Center offers residents many opportunities to develop relevant research projects. Our program is unique in offering a rotation dedicated solely to research. Residents may choose a project with an international focus.

Working with a faculty advisor, residents initiate a clinical or scientific research project during their first year. In their second year, they have time to advance that project, thanks to a separate research rotation. At the end of their second and third years, residents present their findings at Kellogg’s annual Research Day.

Kellogg awards two prizes for resident research. The Slocum Award is given for the most outstanding study presented at Research Day. In addition, the LaBerge Award honors research by a first-year resident.

Kellogg also encourages participation in professional organizations. All third-year residents attend the annual meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO). In addition, any resident who is first author on a presentation of research can attend the annual meetings of the AAO, the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology, and other national meetings. Alumni and friends of the Eye Center have established endowments that support resident research and travel to these conferences.

By the time they have completed the program, residents will have had opportunities to present or publish their findings. They also will have had the benefit of working directly with world-class scientists in Kellogg’s research program.

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