Buffalo, New York — UCLA Ophthalmology Residency Program Residency Residency Grant Program Director Scott Taylor told CBC News that UCLR is no longer accepting applications for the 2018-2019 program.
“We have been working to get this program moving,” Taylor said in an email.
“We need to find an alternative to fill the vacancies that are out there.”
Taylor said he did not know when the program would reopen.UCLR was founded in 2010 to provide residency programs to the ophthalmic, ophthalmosurgical and allied health fields.
“It is important that we not only ensure that the ophthomedicine residency program is fully funded but also is well-staffed and has adequate resources to continue its successful mission,” Taylor wrote in an October 2016 email.
The federal government slashed the UCL residency program’s budget by 10 per cent in February, which led to layoffs and a decline in program enrolments.
The cuts came at the same time as the U.S. government cut its support for the U-M Research Council for ophthalmunology and ophthalmia programs, a major source of funding for the program.
UclA says the program has had to make tough decisions since the government cut funding.
“This is a major setback in the long-term future of the program,” Taylor told the Buffalo News.
“It is a big blow to our community, it is a loss for the profession, and it is devastating for the students and the families of our students.”
Taylor also said UCL was planning to open a new residency program, but that the timing of the change was not yet set.
U.S.-based ophthalmitis Dr. Scott Dominguez said he was devastated to learn about the change.
“I’ve been teaching ophthalmetrics for about 15 years and I’ve never had such a significant blow,” Domingez told the news outlet.
“The program that we have been going to since the 1940s has always been funded by the federal government, and we’ve always been able to rely on federal funding for our residency programs.”
He added that he was still working on getting his family medical insurance and said he had a number of patients who were now in emergency rooms because of the funding cuts.
“They’ve had to go into debt just to pay for their medicine,” Domsuez said.
The UCL program currently enrolls more than 2,000 residents in Buffalo, with about 2,400 students enrolled.
Taylor told CBC that UclA is working with the UMC to help those students through the transition.
“In order to remain competitive in the next cycle, we will be working with UMC, our resident programs, to identify students who are able to enroll in this new program,” he said.
Taylor said that in addition to the $3,000 per student fee that the program currently requires, the program also requires $1,000 for a health card.
“That will allow us to continue to have the resources we need to continue teaching,” Taylor added.