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Training facilities

The VCU Department of Ophthalmology provides resident training at three convenient locations in Richmond, Va.

VCU Medical Center  

The main teaching facility is the VCU Medical Center in downtown Richmond, a major tertiary-care referral center that’s ranked as one of the No. 1 hospitals in Virginia and in the Richmond metropolitan area.

The outpatient ophthalmology service is located on the fourth floor of the Nelson Clinic and includes all faculty and resident clinics.

While at the VCU Medical Center, residents also rotate with the Department of Neurology’s Division of Neuro-Ophthalmology, which is chaired by Warren L. Felton III, M.D.

Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center

Residents spend one third of their rotation each year at the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center in Richmond’s South Side and gain the bulk of their surgical experience there.

The eye clinic includes 16 fully equipped eye exam rooms, the latest diagnostic equipment and lasers for treatment of retina, glaucoma and other disorders. A recently added eye surgery simulator, VRMagic EyeSi, allows residents to monitor their progress as they improve their manual/bimanual dexterity and practice various steps of cataract surgery.

The clinic is staffed by two full-time and four part-time ophthalmologists, a retina consultant, two general and one low vision optometrists, six technicians and a physician assistant. Events include weekly or biweekly specialty clinics for glaucoma, retina, cornea/uveitis, strabismus and low vision in addition to general clinics.

The VA Medical Center Eye Clinic’s service chief is Muneera A. Mahmood, M.D.

Stony Point Surgery Center

The Stony Point Surgery Center is a joint venture between VCU and the Richmond Eye and Ear Hospital. Residents may be exposed to clinical or surgical care at this location.

Richmond’s large inner-city population and the veteran population at the Hunter Holmes McGuire Veterans Affairs Medical Center provides residents with clinical and surgical pathology from all ages and walks of life, which is critical in developing a broad knowledge base. – Charlie Thompson, residency Class of 2012