Many people wonder what training is required to become a fellowship trained and board certified ophthalmologist. Here are some of the facts that will help you understand why Dr. Gregory Parkhurst’s credentials set him apart; reassuring our patients they are receiving Advanced Vision Correction Technology, World Class Surgeon Experience and an experienced professional staff.
All eye surgeons who are licensed to practice medicine in the state of Texas must have a four year undergraduate degree from a major college or university. Once college is finished, graduates apply to medical school. Top medical schools such as Northwestern University in Chicago, where Dr. Parkhurst graduated from, only accept 170 medical students from a pool of applicants of several thousand applications.
Medical school is a four year program where doctors learn everything about the human body from taking EKG’s to understanding atoms and molecular science. The best and brightest medical students tend to specialize in highly competitive surgical fields such as ophthalmology.
Ophthalmology residency involves three years of intensified micro-surgery training under direct supervision from expert instructors. Each year, the top resident in his or her class is selected to be the chief resident to help train younger doctors during their final year of residency. Graduating ophthalmologists often go on to subspecialize in one portion of the human eye. This is called a fellowship and may last anywhere from 1-3 years more of advanced training. When you add it all up, a fellowship-trained, board certified ophthalmologist has spent 13-15 years of full-time training after graduating from high school!
Gregory D. Parkhurst, M.D. is recognized nationally as an expert and leader in LASIK vision correction who has helped pioneer new trends in refractive surgery worldwide. Here are some the additional credentials that make Dr. Parkhurst not only a fellowship trained, board certified ophthalmologist, but one who is internationally known for having world-class training and experience.