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Ophthalmology Training at The University of Alabama-Birmingham Ronald A. Braswell, MD Assistant Residency Director UAB Department of Ophthalmology Background UAB One of three autonomous institutions within The University of Alabama System

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Ophthalmology Training at The University of Alabama-Birmingham

Ronald A. Braswell, MD

Assistant Residency Director

UAB Department of

Ophthalmology


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Background Alabama-Birmingham UAB

  • One of three autonomous institutions within The University of Alabama System

  • The only four-year, public university in the state’s largest metropolitan area

  • The physical plant of the University spans more than 75 blocks in the city

  • Enrollment 17,000

  • University Budget $1.6 billion


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Background Alabama-Birmingham UAB

  • UAB’s overall economic impact on the Birmingham Metropolitan Area reaches $2.9 billion

  • UAB is responsible for creating some 53,000 FTE jobs throughout the state

  • For every dollar the state invests in UAB, the University returns $12.


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Background Alabama-Birmingham School of Medicine at UAB

  • Active grants over $390 million

  • Ranked 16th nationally with more than $177 million in NIH funding

  • Eight departments are ranked in the nation’s top ten in NIH funding

  • 2005-2006 U.S. News & World Report ranking of graduate schools

    • The School of Nursing is ranked 19th

    • The School of Medicine is ranked 23rd


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Profile of Entering 2005 Medical School Class Alabama-Birmingham

  • Size of Entering Class -160

    • Alabama Residents 144

    • Non-Residents 16

  • Applicants 1734

  • Applicants interviewed 346

    • Alabama Residents 271

    • Non-Residents 75

  • Female applicants

    • Interviewed 149

    • Accepted 70


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Profile of Entering 2005 Medical School Class Alabama-Birmingham

  • Undergraduate Colleges 54

  • Average Age 22.7

    • Youngest 20

    • Oldest 33

  • Undergraduate GPA 3.72


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Profile of Entering 2005 Class Alabama-Birmingham

  • MCAT Averages

    • Verbal Reasoning 9.8

    • Physical Sciences 10.1

    • Biological Sciences 10.4

    • Composite 30.3


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Ophthalmology Alabama-Birmingham

  • Diseases and Surgery of the Eye

  • Training

    • 4 years medical school

    • 1 year internship

    • 3 years Ophthalmology training


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Ophthalmology Alabama-Birmingham

  • Fellowships- vary from 1-2 years in length

    • Cornea

    • Retina*

    • Glaucoma*

    • Neuro-Ophthalmology

    • Oculoplastics*

    • Uveitis

    • Pediatric Ophthalmology

      • *Offered by UAB Ophthalmology


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Ophthalmology Alabama-Birmingham

  • Competitive residency

    • 200 applicants/ 5 positions

  • Rotations

    • Lions Eye Clinic

    • Cooper Green Hospital

    • Veterans Administration Medical Center

  • 50,000 outpatient visits

  • Typical resident sees 3000 patients and performs over 200 surgical procedures


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Residents Clinic Alabama-Birmingham

  • 5,670 Total Patients seen in the Lions Eye Clinic for FY 04/05

  • Patients come from Jefferson and surrounding counties

  • Patients across the state with more serious eye disorders come to the clinic for treatment

  • Only 24 hour Eye Emergency Room


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Patient Care Areas Alabama-Birmingham


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Training in Clinic Alabama-Birmingham


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Department of Ophthalmology Alabama-Birmingham

  • 18 Fulltime Faculty

  • 24 Residents & Fellows

  • 16 Part-time Faculty

  • 76 Technicians, Support &

    Administrative Staff


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NEI Research Highlights Alabama-Birmingham

  • $3 million received in 2004

  • Currently ranked 31st in the nation (out of 69)

  • Main Areas of Research:

    • Age Related Macular Degeneration

    • Glaucoma


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Education Statistics Alabama-Birmingham

  • Approximately 250 Ophthalmologists in AL

  • Well over 50% of Alabama’s Ophthalmologists trained at UAB

  • All Ophthalmologists in Alabama come to the DOO for Continuing Education


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UAB Department of Ophthalmology Alabama-BirminghamStrives for Excellence in:

Research

Education

Patient Care


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Thanks! Alabama-Birmingham


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