The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Department of Ophthalmology
The Department of Ophthalmology

Basic Science Course


The Course

The Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology was created in 1969 and is sponsored by the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science at The University of Texas-Houston Medical School and the Cizik Eye Clinic. The course is four weeks in duration beginning Monday,February 4 and ending on Friday, March 1.

Lecture subjects include: Anatomy - Basic and Surgical; Embryology; Electrophysiology/Ultrasound; Pediatric Ophthalmology; Biochemistry; Low Vision; Optics; Contact Lenses; Refraction; Genetics; Pathology; Immunology; Retina; Glaucoma; Visual Fields; External Disease; Orbit and Oculoplastics; and Neuro-Ophthalmology. Lectures emphasize the application of basic scientific principles to clinical situations. Lecturers include physicians from The University of Texas-Houston Medical School Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science and from ophthalmology programs all over the country. Each physician is an experienced, well-recognized leader in his or her own particular field.

The course is primarily designed for residents in training and may be taken at any time during the residency program. The course is also available as a refresher course for practitioners and as a general information course in ophthalmology for Allied Health Personnel.

Click here for the brocure:  BSC 2014 Brochure



This is a tentative topical schedule only.

Please check back as the schedule fills in.

Week 1
Feb 3 Pathology
Feb 4 Pathology
Feb 5  Pathology 1/2 day;
Feb 6  Optics
Feb 7 Optics 

Week 2
Feb 10  Plastics 
Feb 11  Plastics  
Feb 12  Glaucoma
Feb 13  Glaucoma
Feb 14  Glaucoma
Week 3
Feb 17  Uveitis
Feb 18  Pedi
Feb 19  Pedi
Feb 20  Neuro
Feb 21  Neuro

Week 4
Feb 24 Cornea
Feb 25 Cornea
Feb 26 Cornea
Feb 27 Retina
Feb 28 Retina

*  Phaco Course to be scheduled.


The University of Texas Medical School at Houston
6431 Fannin Street
Houston, TX 77030

Exact room location to be determined.



Course tuition is $2,000. Full tuition is required at the time of application and is not refundable after December 31, 2011.

Tuition covers the following:

* Bound course materials including syllabus and lecture handouts/notes from each speaker
  * Evening buffet reception on Monday, February 3, for attendee and guest
* Attendance at one of the scheduled Phaco Courses 




Below are listings of nearby hotels. Please make your reservations as early as possible, as this is a very busy time of year for hotels in this area.

EXEMPTION FROM STATE OCCUPANCY TAX: Guests of all hotels are encouraged to book and pay for 30 room nights or more in order to take advantage of the State occupancy tax exemption.

Area Hotels

Residence Inn by Marriott-Medical Center*
7710 S. Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

or contact Alex Solorzano, Senior Sales Manager
713-351-1025 direct line
832-326-5913 cell
713-668-4506 fax

Medical Center Hilton
6633 Travis
Houston, TX 77030

Holiday Inn Hotel & Suites*
6800 Main Street
Houston, TX 77030

*Free shuttle transportation provided to the Medical Center

For assistance in locating apartment housing, please contact one of these apartment locating companies. Their services are free.

Nino & Associates, Inc.
Fax 713-964-4732



All communications regarding this course should be addressed to:

The University of Texas-Houston Medical School
Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Science
Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology
6431 Fannin, MSB 7.024
Houston, TX 77030
ATTN: fredi Bleeker Franks

Telephone: 713-500-6005
Fax: 713-500-0682
E-mail:  fredi Bleeker Franks


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Mail completed registration form to:

UT-Houston Medical School
Ophthalmology & Visual Science
6431 Fannin, MSB 7.024
Houston, TX 77030

Future Dates

Below are the future dates for the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology

Please note that these dates are tentative.

February 2 - 27, 2015
February 1 - 26, 2016