UK offers exceptional training across a variety of clinical sites, allowing one to see a wide range of ophthalmic pathology. Our faculty regularly take time out of their already busy schedules to ensure the success of our residents.
We have an excellent culture here. The residents all go above and beyond to help each other out and are a tight knit group. The faculty are all supportive, collegial and prioritize our learning.
I felt a sense of community among the attendings and residents. It is a very supportive learning environment with good surgical volume, which prepares learners well to enter practice or fellowship confidently come graduation day.
Each year a new group of ophthalmology residents begins their ophthalmology training journey under the direction of the University of Kentucky College of Medicine's Department of Ophthalmology. Our program offers participants an educational experience that covers the full spectrum of ophthalmology and is characterized by clinically-oriented training led by our dedicated teaching faculty. Residents who complete the program are prepared to enter private practice or the most competitive fellowships.
Garrett Oberst, MD
Dr. Oberst attended medical school at the University of Kentucky. Dr. Oberst completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.
Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I chose the University of Kentucky for residency because it felt like home to me. The faculty are excellent clinical instructors that are willing to take extra time to teach you during the day, and the residency fosters a collaborative environment between residents. We also benefit from a broad surgical and clinical experience as we see patients from all over the Eastern part of Kentucky.
What do you like about the Residency Program? My favorite part about the residency program is the camaraderie among residents. As a new PGY2, the PGY3s and 4s have gone above and beyond in making sure that I have what I need to succeed. After a year where we were often physically separated and many of our interactions were on zoom, it’s been great to all get together during lectures and outside of work again.
What are your hobbies and interests? My number 1 interest is my dog, Cricket. My wife is pretty cool too. I try to keep this quiet for the most part, but I grew up (and still am) a Louisville sports fan and follow Butler basketball as well. My wife and I love trying new restaurants and breweries and enjoy traveling whenever we have the chance.
Peter Blosser, MD
Dr. Blosser attended medical school at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Blosser completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.
Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I chose UK because I wanted to train somewhere that felt like home. Nowhere else that I interviewed did I feel more welcomed than by the residents and faculty here at Kentucky. That combined with the quality of the facilities and training made it an easy choice.
What do you like about the Residency Program? I love that we are able to hit the door immediately and start with procedures. I also love the diversity of subspecialties we are exposed to, the training feels really well rounded. Finally, i love that everybody truly is supportive of one another and we have a great bond as residents.
What are your hobbies and interests? I am a big sports fan, mainly college football and baseball. I love reading fiction and cooking as well. My favorite weekend getaway is a long hike or backpacking trip. Nowadays, most of my free time is spent with my dog Reuben.
Paras Vora, MD
Dr. Vora attended medical school at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.
Dr. Vora completed his intern year with the Department of Internal Medicine at the University of Kentucky College of Medicine, Lexington, KY.
Why did you choose the University of Kentucky Residency Program? I knew that I wanted to practice near home, thus UK was an obvious choice for me. Lexington is a gem among cities in Kentucky, with all the amenities and attractions of a large city with a small-town feel. It is extremely easy to take a short drive outside of the city during the weekend with friends to travel to other nearby cities and/or take in the nature surrounding Lexington. UK offers exceptional training across a variety of clinical sites, allowing one to see a wide range of ophthalmic pathology. Last but not least, are the people. Our faculty regularly take time out of their already busy schedules to ensure the success of our residents.
What do you like about the Residency Program? I feel like all of my co-residents are already close friends that I can rely on. The program is agile in making changes that support residents above all, starting with our interns. There are a wealth of research opportunities, and faculty are more than happy to support you in all endeavors. I am especially proud of our program’s Global Ophthalmology Track, with faculty who have connections to multiple international sites. Ultimately, I feel that my time is valued even in the busy clinical and surgical volume of this program, such that I feel confident that I can achieve my goals in residency.
What are your hobbies and interests? I enjoy spending time with my wife and dog, playing tennis with co-residents, and exploring all that Lexington and its surrounding areas have to offer (with my camera always close by). Most people don’t know this, but I also develop a mobile game on the side!
Shane Marsili, MD
Why did you choose the University of Kentucky?
Out of all of my interviews, UK stood out as the most genuine. The program itself has ample opportunities to develop clinical experience, and every effort is made to assist residents in pursuing their interests. The multiple fellowships UK has provides experience with conditions you would not otherwise see at programs without fellowships as the patients are transferred elsewhere. There are options for rural exposure as well, which is a particular interest of mine. Finally, UK was my top choice for my family as KY is a wonderful place, Lexington is a beautiful city, and we feel quite at home here even being from out West.
What do you like about your program?
The attendings have been very approachable, and my co-residents are always willing to lend a hand. The early procedural and surgical exposure really keeps it all in perspective during those long call days/nights! There is a great mix of patients between city/rural. The program is also very family-friendly, which was an enormously important aspect for us.
What are your hobbies?
I spend nearly all of my time with my wife, five children, and our three Border Collies. Lexington is great if you want a more rural lifestyle; you can find homes within driving distance outside of the city relatively easily.
We enjoy gardening, feeding our chickens, tending the berry patch, and just generally spending time outdoors (and bourbon, of course).