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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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ronald a braswell md assistant residency director uab department of ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Training at The University of Alabama-Birmingham

Ronald A. Braswell, MD

Assistant Residency Director

UAB Department of

Ophthalmology

background uab
Background 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 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.
background school of medicine at uab
Background 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
profile of entering 2005 medical school class
Profile of Entering 2005 Medical School Class
  • 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
  • Undergraduate Colleges 54
  • Average Age 22.7
    • Youngest 20
    • Oldest 33
  • Undergraduate GPA 3.72
profile of entering 2005 class
Profile of Entering 2005 Class
  • MCAT Averages
    • Verbal Reasoning 9.8
    • Physical Sciences 10.1
    • Biological Sciences 10.4
    • Composite 30.3
ophthalmology
Ophthalmology
  • Diseases and Surgery of the Eye
  • Training
    • 4 years medical school
    • 1 year internship
    • 3 years Ophthalmology training
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Ophthalmology
  • 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
  • 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
residents clinic
Residents Clinic
  • 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
department of ophthalmology
Department of Ophthalmology
  • 18 Fulltime Faculty
  • 24 Residents & Fellows
  • 16 Part-time Faculty
  • 76 Technicians, Support &

Administrative Staff

nei research highlights
NEI Research Highlights
  • $3 million received in 2004
  • Currently ranked 31st in the nation (out of 69)
  • Main Areas of Research:
    • Age Related Macular Degeneration
    • Glaucoma
education statistics
Education Statistics
  • 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