Our robust, comprehensive program aims to:
- Deliver patient-centered care in all situations and environments
- Develop and nurture self-directed, lifelong learning and improvement in all aspects of patient care
- Create and disseminate new knowledge regarding ophthalmology
- Strive toward the highest standard of integrity through transparency and honesty
- Understand and support the needs of the visually impaired
- Maintain up-to-date knowledge of diagnostic modalities as well as clinical and surgical diseases
Residents in our three-year program treat a diverse patient population and gain extensive surgical experience, with 100% faculty supervision in all clinics, laser and minor procedure suites and operating rooms. Trainees also produce independent research projects each year, which can be presented at a national meeting and a year-end research day conference.
We aim to produce well-trained, ethical and compassionate physicians and surgeons who are prepared for fellowship positions, full-time academic appointments and successful careers in private practice. We accept four residents each year through the San Francisco Match.
In collaboration with the Department of Internal Medicine, we now provide a combined ophthalmology internship, which includes three blocks of ophthalmology training during PGY-1. Those who match to our program are required to complete their internship training at VCU. Benefits of the integrated curriculum include:
- Curriculum co-created by the program directors of both internal medicine and ophthalmology, which aims to provide a background in medicine as it will apply to a career in ophthalmology
- Attaining familiarity with our health system and culture
- Working alongside your future referring physicians
- Development of knowledge and skills that will facilitate a rapid transition into the ophthalmology residency program
Residents benefit from having co-directors from both departments. This collaboration supports residents in obtaining regular feedback and direction from both the ophthalmology and internal medicine teams. Residents benefit from having co-directors from both departments. This collaboration supports residents in obtaining regular feedback and direction from both the ophthalmology and internal medicine teams.
Internal medicine conference series
Tuesdays, 12-3 p.m.
The first two hours cover core medicine and specialties, with the third hour rotating through the following topics:
- Wellness and resilience
- Quality and safety
- House staff meeting
- Scholarship conference
Ambulatory morning report
2-3 times per month, Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 7-8 a.m.
Residents present on common ambulatory topics, with a focus on:
- Evidence-based medicine management
- Physical exam skills
- Differential diagnosis
- Inpatient morning report
Designed to optimize the balance between inpatient and ambulatory training settings, the tandem block schedule contributes to residents’ work-life balance by supporting wellness and minimizing fatigue.
Eight-week block sample:
- Inpatient: 2 weeks
- Ambulatory: 2 weeks
- Inpatient: 2 weeks
- Elective/ambulatory: 2 weeks
Inpatient weeks are in the same service, and each block is a four-week rotation at VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center (VAMC).
- General medicine wards: 2 blocks | VCU/VAMC
- Cardiology: 1 block | VCU
- Hematology oncology: 1 block | VCU
- Intensive care unit: 1 block | VAMC
- Night float: 1.5 blocks | VCU/VAMC
- Emergency medicine: 1 block | VCU
- Rhemuatology: 0.5 block | VAMC
- Endocrine: 1 block | VAMC (2 weeks vacation)
- Geriatrics/medicine consults: 1 block | VCU
- Ophthalmology: 3 blocks | VCU (1 week vacation)
During the ophthalmology blocks, residents participate in direct patient care in outpatient clinics and the hospital consult service. Residents also take a two-week introductory course with curriculum based on the AAO BCSC Section 2 - Fundamentals of Ophthalmology and Practical Ophthalmology: A Manual for Beginning Residents. The curriculum includes:
- Examination and refraction workshops
- Wet labs
We encourage our trainees to maintain a healthy, balanced life, and Richmond is a wonderful place to engage in that well-rounded lifestyle.
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How to Apply
The Department of Ophthalmology selects four residents each year through the San Francisco Match’s Ophthalmology Residency Matching Program. We receive more than 500 applications each year and typically invite about 60 applicants for a personal interview.
We extend interview invitations via the SF Match. Residents applying will start their joint intern year at VCU the following academic year. Matching into our combined internship with internal medicine occurs later through the National Resident Matching Program, however a separate interview process is not required.
Vikram S. Brar, M.D.
Program Director & Interim Chair
Evan Silverstein, M.D.
Associate Program Director