The UCLA EyeSTAR Program offers vision science training
combined with an ophthalmology residency. The "STAR" in EyeSTAR
stands for "Specialty Training and Advanced Research" for physicians.
Appointees complete a residency program leading to certification in ophthalmology,
as well as laboratory research experience leading to a PhD, or postdoctoral
training in the event that the trainee has a PhD. EyeSTAR trainees work
under the guidance of a faculty advisory panel representing the trainee's
clinical and research interests.
This unique opportunity is especially geared to physicians committed
to academic careers in ophthalmology, combining basic science with clinical
practice in a six-year curriculum. Trainees select their faculty mentors
and laboratories or research groups from a wide range of participants throughout
the UCLA School of Medicine, College of Letters and Sciences, School of
Public Health, Clinical Scholars Program and RAND Graduate School.
The six-year curriculum is a blend of graduate courses, laboratory
research and clinical training. The trainee is expected to
commit three years to the residency program in ophthalmology and conduct vision science research for three years to obtain a
PhD or two to three years for post-doctoral fellowship. Each trainee's educational
course is individualized depending on his or her background, interests
and needs. Research training occurs in the initial years of
the curriculum, with ongoing clinical conferences and activities. The goal of the program
is to generate leaders in ophthalmology who are investigators as well as practitioners—physicians
who are as comfortable at the laboratory bench
as in the examining or operating rooms.
Phone: (310) 825-4617