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Resident's Manual

A department's success ultimately is judged by the quality of the trainees it produces. Our goal is to train the next generation of ophthalmologists who will make important contributions to the field working as scientists and/or diagnosticians. McGill is an environment in which teaching medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows is not only expected, it is valued and rewarded.

Our residency training program is growing in size to allow more flexibility for research and clinical electives. Newly revised curricula ensure that our residents have the latest information in all aspects of Ophthalmology. 

McGill Ophthalmology has fellowship programs in External Disease, Cornea, Uveitis, Retina, Pathology and Refractive Surgery.

We are confident that with our emphasis on academic excellence, our tradition of outstanding clinical service, and our interactive faculty of dedicated, compassionate, and talented physicians and scientists that McGill Department of Ophthalmology will continue to grow in stature and excellence.

Jean Deschênes, MD, FRCSC

Clinical Director, Professor McGill University


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A residency program is challenging from physical, mental and psychological points of view. Residents are frequently in high stress positions and many will suffer from the effects of stress or depression during the residency program. It is important for all residents to be aware that there are several services offered by the Faculty of Medicine at McGill as well as the Resident Federation (FMRQ). Every resident should visit these sites at the beginning of the residency program to view the services offered by these groups. Below are some of the ways to contact these services.


After-Hour Emergencies

McGill Nightline

A confidential and anonymous listening, information and referral service Tel.:514-398-6246 The line is open 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. throughout the school year.

Crisis Hotlines

Suicide Action Montreal Tel.: 514-723-4000 24-Hour Service
Drug and Alcohol Help Line Tel.: 514-527-2626 24-Hour Service
Quebec Suicide Crisis Centres
The Quebec Physicians’ Health Program:  info [at] pamq [dot] org