The residency training program incorporates the resources of five major medical centers in Los Angeles. They are the Stein Eye Institute at UCLA, Harbor/UCLA Medical Center, Olive View/UCLA Medical Center and the Department of Veterans Affairs Healthcare Centers at Sepulveda and West Los Angeles. Every resident has exposure to each medical center during the course of training, thereby ensuring clinical experience with a wide range of problems and patient populations.
The Stein Eye Institute, includes the Doris Stein Eye Research Center, Edie and Lew Wasserman Research & Patient-care Facility, and the UCLA School of Medicine Department of Ophthalmology. The institute constitutes a comprehensive center dedicated to the preservation of vision and prevention of blindness through education in ophthalmology, the care of patients with eye diseases and research in the vision sciences. Located on the UCLA campus, the Institute includes three core multistoried structures, the Stein Eye Institute, the Doris Stein Eye Research Center, and the Edie and Lew Wasserman building. The combined structures provide nearly 3000,000 square feet of functional space to accommodate the Institute's diverse activities and technologically advanced facilities.
The Stein Eye Institute serves patients with all categories of eye disorders and visual system diseases. Ophthalmologists representing every ophthalmic subspecialty, and numerous basic science investigators are members of the full-time faculty at the Stein Eye Institute. Additionally, members of the clinical faculty volunteer their professional services, participating in teaching, research and patient care programs of the UCLA Department of Ophthalmology.
The Los Angeles County Harbor/UCLA Medical Center is a 730-bed general medical care facility operating under an agreement between the County Board of Supervisors and the Regents of the University. Located south of Los Angeles in the community of Torrance, the Center has designated outpatient, inpatient and surgical facilities for ophthalmology services. While all ophthalmic subspecialties are represented, congenital and acquired pediatric problems, corneal and retinal disease and ocular trauma are the special focus of treatment and research.
The Los Angeles County Olive View/UCLA Medical Center is 350-bed general medical care facility operating under an agreement between the County Board of Supervisors and the Regents of the University. It is located in Sylmar, just north of Los Angeles in the northern portion of the San Fernando Valley. The Division of Ophthalmology occupies specifically designated outpatient, inpatient and surgical facilities. A wide range of acute ocular disease is encountered in the Eye Clinic. Particular emphasis is given to neuro-ophthalmology, cataract surgery and vitreoretinal disease.
The West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center is a major medical facility near the UCLA Medical Center. Administered by a Chief and Associate Chief of Ophthalmology, the Ophthalmology Section has a large staff of volunteer clinical faculty who supervise subspecialty clinics in addition to the general ophthalmology clinic. They are supported by an ophthalmic nurse, ophthalmic technician and ophthalmic photographer, as well as clerical personnel. Outpatient clinics are modern, well furnished and fully equipped. Operating facilities and equipment are available for all types of ophthalmic surgery. West Los Angeles Veterans Administration Medical Center is a regional referral center for complicated vitreoretinal surgical cases from other VA facilities throughout the southwestern United States.
The Sepulveda Veterans Administration Medical Center, centrally located in the San Fernando Valley district of Los Angeles, is an active general medical center with a 548-bed capacity. Under the supervision of a Chief of Ophthalmology and a large group of volunteer clinical faculty, ophthalmology residents provide general ophthalmic patient care in a newly built outpatient clinic, as well as in specifically designated inpatient and surgical areas. Residents also acquire extensive experience in the areas of retinal disease, glaucoma, cornea external ocular diseases, and ophthalmic plastic surgery.