School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology



Frequently Asked Questions

  • Does the LSU Ophthalmology Program provide the printed books for BCSC Series? Yes.


  • Does the LSU Ophthalmology Program have an EyeSi Simulator? Yes, the EyeSi has both the cataract and retina training platforms to virtually simulate surgery.


  • Is there a Grand Rounds Curriculum? Yes, we have Grand Rounds every Wednesday at 5pm.


  • Are residents required to conduct a research project? Yes, residents and fellows complete a research project each year of their training.


  • Are residents required to buy their own lenses? Yes.


  • Do residents rotate with the local VA Hospital? Yes, residents have a one block rotation at the New Orleans VA each year of residency.


  • How many chief residents does the program have? We have 2 chief residents who both serve during their PGY4 year.


  • Do residents have access to a wet lab to practice procedures? Yes, we have set up a wet lab reserved for residents with access available during both office and after hours, as well as having structured wet lab sessions with support from upper level residents and faculty.


  • Are meals provided at the hospitals? Meals are provided at no cost at several of the hospitals including Chabert (Houma), University Hospitals and Clinics (Lafayette), Our Lady of the Angels (Bogalusa), Our Lady of the Lake (Baton Rouge), as well as stipends for some rotations in New Orleans including University Medical Center and Children's Hospital.There are also resident or physician lounges at several hospitals that provide snacks.


  • Is there exposure to every ophthalmologic subspecialty at LSU?  Yes!  In addition, with large faculty, there are multiple subspecialists in each discipline to learn a variety of approaches, one of the strengths of having such a large faculty.


  • In terms of autonomy vs supervision, how is LSU?  LSU provides a great balance between autonomy and supervision with graded autonomy.  The balance of resident-run clinics and faculty-run clinics and the diverse clinical sites allow residents to feel well supported but have the autonomy to make their own clinical decisions once they feel comfortable doing so.


  • Is housing provided at away rotations?  Yes, a partially furnished private 1- or 2- bedroom apartment is provided to each resident at all satellite sites outside of the immediate New Orleans area where the residents take call (Houma, Lafayette, and Baton Rouge). The residents were just placed in new apartments in Baton Rouge in the 2019-2020 academic year and will be in new apartments in Lafayette for the 2020-2021 academic year which are great additions to the program. There is no charge to the resident for these apartments including utilities. There is no overnight call in Bogalusa, so the residents commute 3 days per week to that site during rotations in first and third year and therefore do not have housing at that site. 


  • Does the program offer any resources to help prep for the yearly OKAP examination? In addition to offering the printed and eBook version of the BCSC series, we also give each resident access to the BCSC Self-Assessment questions from the AAO.