The Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) approved the addition of another permanent resident at the USC Gayle and Edward Roski Eye Institute, the first resident to be added to the ophthalmology program since 1985. This brings the program to 21 total ophthalmology residents per training cycle, making it one of the largest residency programs in the country.

Part of the approval process involved the ongoing partnership between the USC Roski Eye Institute and the Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center, in which the USC Roski Eye Institute remains the exclusive ophthalmology partner for treating patients and teaching residents at the 633-bed safety-net hospital.

“Our residency program has excelled in combining superb clinical training at one of the country’s busiest hospitals with a rigorous academic program supported by the dedication of our 32 full-time faculty,” said Vivek Patel, MD, associate professor of clinical ophthalmology at the Keck School of Medicine of USC and ophthalmology residency program director at the USC Roski Eye Institute and Los Angeles County + USC Medical Center.

— Sherri Snelling