The past three or four years has witnessed a sharp upgrading in applicants for ophthalmic residencies. Not only has the number of applicants increased but also their qualifications. For instance, one institution which usually has thirty to forty applications had to screen last year more than one hundred applicants for five appointments. Moreover, twenty or so of these applicants had the happy combination of standing near the top of their classes in medical school and of having equally impressive recommendations.
The reasons for the present popularity of ophthalmology are difficult to pin down. Random inquiry of the candidates themselves reveals no single explanation. Having a parent who is an ophthalmologist is certainly a determining influence in some cases but this can scarcely explain the recent rise unless it be shown that ophthalmologists developed a sudden rise in fertility some twenty-odd years ago. Chance contact with other ophthalmologists or ophthalmologically oriented
C. D. Future Ophthalmologists. Arch Ophthalmol. 1961;66(2):155-156. doi:10.1001/archopht.1961.00960010157001