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The Department of Ophthalmology provides consultant, diagnostic and treatment services for all conditions affecting the eye. Services are provided in the highly modern Joseph and Helen Regenstein Eye Center at Rush. Corneal and vitreoretinal surgery are also strong clinical services at Rush. Both have the largest academic faculties in the Midwest.

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The Department of Ophthalmology sponsors a PGY-1 year in association with the Department of General Surgery. This consists of three months of General Surgery, two months of Internal Medicine and one month each of Emergency Room, Dermatology, Neurology, Out-Patient Medicine, ENT, Plastic Surgery, Infectious Disease and Ophthalmology.

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The Rush Department of Ophthalmology is strongly committed to clinical and basic science research. The department actively engages in a variety of National Institutes of Health, National Eye Institute, FDA and industry clinical trials. The Rush faculty lead the Chicagoland universities in the number of clinical trials both at Rush and within the individual private practices. Being leaders in clinical research is vital to enhancing the educational mission of the department at the resident and fellowship level, as well as within the citywide continuing medical education programs.

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