Clinical Rotations and Curriculum

Clinical Rotations

PGY-1

Joint intern rotations take place at the VCU Medical Center. Prior to joining the clinic and consult service, interns will attend a two-week introduction to ophthalmology course, which covers:

  • Basic sciences of the eye
  • Ophthalmic examination and diagnostic modalities
  • Management of ophthalmic emergencies

These concepts will be reinforced with graduated responsibility in subsequent rotations in the clinic and hospital, with the primary goal of achieving independence in the workup and initial management of ophthalmic emergencies prior to PGY-2.

PGY-2

During PGY-2, residents rotate at the VCU and VA medical centers, with a focus on comprehensive ophthalmology and exposure to the following subspecialty areas:

  • Ocular genetics
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Ophthalmic pathology

Residents take primary call every fourth day except for Sunday evenings, with three free weekends out of four. PGY-2 residents are paired with those in the above class for the first two weeks of primary call, and closely supervised during each consult for the first six weeks.

PGY-3

This training year focuses on subspecialty care and surgical experience. Residents rotate through the following clinics:

  • Retina
  • Oculoplastic surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • General ophthalmology

Residents assume more ophthalmology leadership in the management of clinic patients and triage care, and take primary call on Sunday evenings (divided among the four residents).

PGY-4

The final year of residency emphasizes all aspects of ophthalmic surgery, including:

  • Pre-operative patient care
  • Intra-operative patient care
  • Post-operative patient care
  • Trauma surgery

Residents spend nine months at the VAMC, manage general ophthalmology clinics under the supervision of faculty, take secondary call and provide leadership in the clinics.  

Curriculum

Residents participate in a comprehensive multimodal curriculum, which includes:

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