Department of Ophthalmology

Ophthalmology Chief Resident's Message


Welcome to the Baylor College of Medicine Ophthalmology Residency! There are so many facets that make our residency one of the best in the country, and we can’t wait to share it all with y’all!  

Baylor is uniquely positioned at the heart of the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. As such, we train at numerous renowned health care systems, including Baylor’s Alkek Eye Center / Cullen Eye Institute, Ben Taub County Hospital, the Michael E. DeBakey Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Texas Children’s Hospital, Houston Methodist Hospital, and St. Lukes Hospital. The unique, yet comprehensive combination of private, county, and VA clinic settings provides us with unparalleled opportunities in the country’s most diverse (and fourth largest!) city. From bread-and-butter ophthalmology to once-in-a-lifetime diagnoses, we see it all! 

Baylor understands that a key emphasis of residency training is the development of surgical skills and has worked diligently to create a program that provides an incredible surgical experience. First-year residents start supervised in our wet lab and progress towards their own primary strabismus, cataract, and oculoplastic surgeries. Second-year residents build on this strong foundation with increased experience in cataract, cornea, retina, and glaucoma surgery.  The training program culminates in a surgically focused final year. Our world-renowned faculty are also some of the most down-to-earth, accessible mentors who are utterly dedicated to our education. Residents leave Baylor as exceptional surgeons and highly proficient clinicians, prepared for comprehensive ophthalmology or ready to excel in any fellowship.  

We may be biased, but we have the best co-residents in the country! Camaraderie and friendships run deep across our residency (see the fun on our official Instagram page). Although we are all individuals with various interests and passions (read more about the residents), this program also attracts people united in teamwork, resilience, and passion for serving others. Residency anywhere is tough, but with this group of dedicated and inspirational peers, our residency is also fun! We have made some of our best friends and memories here at Baylor. 

Whether you aspire to enter private practice or become a leader in academic ophthalmology, the friends, faculty, and experiences at Baylor will help you achieve your goals! 

We wish you the best of luck in your ophthalmology training and career. 


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Samantha Arsenault, M.D.

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PGY-4 Resident and Chief Resident 
Baylor College of Medicine/Cullen Eye Institute Residency Program