Ophthalmology Sub - Combined Internship
OPHTHALMOLOGY – INTERNAL MEDICINE PRELIM PROGRAM
VCU Health Department of Ophthalmology Combined IM/Ophthalmology Internship
The VCU Health Department of Ophthalmology is excited to announce that we are now providing a combined ophthalmology internship in collaboration with VCU Health Department of Internal Medicine. This integrated training will include 12 weeks of ophthalmology training during the intern year (PGY-1). Individuals that match to our program will be required to complete their internship training at VCU Health.
HIGHLIGHTS OF PROGRAM
The Ophthalmology / Internal Medicine Integrated Curriculum will offer many benefits including:
- A curriculum co-created by the Program Directors of both Internal Medicine & Ophthalmology, with rotations based on the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO), Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC): Section 1- Update on General Medicine; which aim to provide a background in medicine as it will apply to a career in ophthalmology.
- Attaining familiarity and integrating with our health system and culture.
- Working with your future referring physicians, for example.
- Development of knowledge and skills that will facilitate a rapid transition into your ophthalmology residency program.
The Co-Advisory System
- Residents will receive the benefit of having Co-Directors from both Internal Medicine and Ophthalmology. This collaboration will benefit the resident in obtaining constant feedback and direction from both the Ophthalmology and Internal Medicine teams.
- The Ophthalmology Program Director is an integral part of Medicine’s Clinical Competency Committee
- The benefits of “Belonging” to two programs include
- Social Activities
- Committees | Memberships
- Co-created curriculums
Internal Medicine Conference Series will be held on Tuesdays from 12-3pm.
- Core Medicine & Specialties (2 hours weekly)
- The last hour rotates each week and will cover of one of the following topics:
- Quality & Safety
- House Staff Meeting
- Scholarship Conference
Ambulatory Morning Report on Elective / Ambulatory Blocks
- Time: 7:30 – 8:00 AM (2-3 times per month on Mon, Wed, Fri)
Common ambulatory topics are presented by residents with a focus on:
- Evidence Based Medicine management
- Physical exam skills
- Differential diagnosis
In patient Morning Report
Journal Evidence Based Medicine Curriculum
Sample Rotation Schedule
A tandem block schedule was uniquely designed to optimize the balance between training in the inpatient and ambulatory setting. Residents find that this helps optimize their work life balance.
8 Week Block Sample
- Supports wellness
- Minimizes fatigue
In Patient* 2 WEEKS
Elective/Ambulatory 2 WEEKS
In Patient* 2 WEEKS
Elective /Ambulatory 2 WEEKS
*In Patient weeks will be with the same service.
Each block is a 4-week rotation at VAMC & VCU
General Medicine Wards | 2 blocks | VAMC / VCU
Cardiology | 1 block | VCU
Hematology Oncology | 1 block | VCU
Intensive Care Unit | 1 block | VAMC
Night Float | 1.5 blocks | VAMC / VCU
Emergency Medicine | 1 block | VCU
VAMC Rheumatology (AMB) | 0.5 block | VAMC
VAMC Endocrine (2-week vacation) | 1 block | VAMC
Geriatrics/Medicine consults | 1 block | VCU
OPHTHO (1-week vacation) | 3 blocks | VCU
During the Ophthalmology blocks, all ophthalmology interns will have a 4-week rotation whose curriculum will be based on the AAO BCSC Section 2- Fundamentals of Ophthalmology and Practical Ophthalmology: A Manual for Beginning Residents.
- Examination and Refraction Workshops
- Wet Labs
Residents will also spend 4 individual 2-week rotations in Ophthalmology where they will participate in direct patient care.
- Outpatient clinics
- Hospital Consult Service