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    Bascom Palmer takes top honors for 3rd year


    Proving the adage that "the more things change, the more they stay the same," the results of the 2010 Ophthalmology Times Best Programs survey show very few differences from last year despite advances and growth within ophthalmology departments across the United States.

    For the third year, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine has taken top honors as the best-overall ophthalmology department.

    The institute again surpassed the Wilmer Eye Institute at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, which finished second, and Wills Eye Institute at Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, which placed third.

    Bascom Palmer Eye Institute also ranked first for having the best residency program and best clinical (patient care) program.

    Dr. Alfonso
    "That's wonderful news. I'll have to drink a glass of red wine in honor of that," said Eduardo C. Alfonso, MD, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute's chairman and holder of the Professor Kathleen and Stanley J. Glaser Chair in Ophthalmology, from the 86th congress of the Spanish Society of Ophthalmology in Madrid, where he was the keynote speaker.

    As it has each year since the survey began, Wilmer Eye Institute ranked first for its research program.

    The annual survey, in its 15th year, this year asked the chairmen and resident directors from the Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology and all Ophthalmology Times e-mail subscribers to complete an online survey ranking a list of top ophthalmology programs in the areas of research, residency training, and clinical (patient care), as well as the best overall program. In total, 328 responses were received.


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