Residency Program

The McGill Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences regards the education of residents and fellows as one of its key priorities. Our residents take advantage of the latest technology and train from the highly skilled clinical staff at four McGill-affiliated sites. The program is well suited for a hardworking, team oriented, and versatile individual. Montreal offers a diverse patient population and the program offers exposure to primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary-level cases. Our residents are well-prepared for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada examination in Ophthalmology.

Our five-year program is comprised of:

  • PGY-1: This year is comprised of several rotations designed to give the resident a well-rounded clinical experience in medicine and prepare the candidate for the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part II. The final 6 weeks will be spent at the Toronto Ophthalmology Residency Introductory Course (TORIC).
  • PGY-2: This is the first full year of ophthalmology and it is designed to develop the basic skills needed for a career in ophthalmology. It is comprised of rotations in comprehensive ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology and adult sub-specialties with a focus on ensuring comfort with most ophthalmic emergencies.  It also allows the resident to acquire a basic knowledge of medical and surgical problems in ophthalmology.
  • PGY-3: During this year, the resident will have dedicated sub-specialty clinical rotations and will start ocular surgery.
  • PGY-4: The penultimate year of the residency program places heavy focus on anterior segment surgery such as cataract surgery.  As the seniors on the ophthalmology service, the residents develop their teaching and mentoring skills. Finally, they reinforce their comprehensive knowledge base and take part in emergency ophthalmology surgery.
  • PGY-5: In the fifth year, residents reinforce their medical sub-specialty knowledge and take part in sub-specialty clinics and surgery.  They will continue to gain surgical experience in anterior segment surgery. This year also allows for elective rotations provincially, nationally and internationally.
  • Research: There is a longitudinal approach to research, comprised of regular meetings with research mentors and annual presentations at McGill Research Day.


Daniela Toffoli, MD
Program Director

Natasha Lattimore
Program Coordinator [at]

Chrisoula Patoucheas (Interim)
Student Affairs Officer [at]

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