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Ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine

The mission of the Department of Ophthalmology is to provide the highest quality care, from basic eye exams to management of glaucoma to reconstructive surgery; to improve patient care through excellence in biomedical research; and to educate and train future ophthalmology specialists.

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Penn State College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology is dedicated to providing the highest-quality eye care possible. Penn State Eye Center is the region’s largest multispecialty eye care practice. From cornea and refractive surgery to neuro-ophthalmology, the department provides services in all major ophthalmic specialties.

The Eye Center is also dedicated to supporting cutting-edge research that translates to the provision of up-to-date eye care treatments for patients in central Pennsylvania and beyond.

Faculty from the department participate in both clinical and basic research to improve treatments for diseases such as age-related macular degeneration, pediatric eye disease, diabetic retinopathy, retinal vein occlusion and corneal wound healing.

David Quillen, MD, is Chair of the Department of Ophthalmology at Penn State College of Medicine. He is pictured in a dress shirt, tie and medical coat against a blue background.
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The department also offers in-depth training for future practitioners, including a medical student elective, a residency and a number of continuing education programs.

David Quillen, MD
George and Barbara Blankenship Professor and Chair
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Education in the Department of Ophthalmology

Education in the Department of Ophthalmology provides training at all levels of practice.

Medical students can take part in an ophthalmology elective that helps them understand the diagnosis, pathogenesis and management of a variety of ophthalmic disorders, regardless of their future specialty plans.

The three-year ACGME-accredited ophthalmology residency includes general and subspecialty ophthalmology training. Subspecialty rotations include cornea and external diseases, glaucoma, pediatric and neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, ocular surgery and retina. Experience in general ophthalmology as well as optometry practice is gained through rotations on emergency room/hospital consultation services at Hershey and through general ophthalmology outpatient clinic practice at the VA Medical Center in Lebanon.

For practitioners, the department helps to organize a number of continuing medical education opportunities each year.

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Jobs in Ophthalmology

Information on jobs that may be available in the Department of Ophthalmology can be found at (for non-clinical positions) or (for clinical positions). All applications must be made through those sites.