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Clinical rotations

All VCU Department of Ophthalmology residents rotate through the VCU Medical Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.   

Each resident is involved in scholarly activities and can present research at regional and national meetings anually.

First-year residents

The first two weeks are spent in an orientation that covers basic skills in ophthalmic examination and diagnosis.

After orientation, residents participate in two four-month rotations at the VCU Medical Center and one four-month rotation at the VA Medical Center.

Residents will focus on comprehensive ophthalmology as well as exposure to subspecialty care, surgical trauma and primary call. Neuro-ophthalmology and pathology are also emphasized during the first-year curriculum.

Second-year residents

The second year focuses on subspecialty care and surgical experience. Residents rotate through the retina, oculoplastic, glaucoma, pediatric and general ophthalmology clinics.

Second-year residents assume more ophthalmology leadership in the management of patient consults and triage care. They also serve as secondary call.

Third-year residents

The third-year residency emphasizes all aspects of ophthalmic surgery, which include pre- and post-operative patient care.

Senior residents manage general ophthalmology clinics under the supervision of faculty. They also assume additional administrative responsibilities that include their faculty and fellow residents.

Sample rotation schedules

The program offers autonomy early on, which strengthens your confidence as training continues. The surgical volume and breadth of pathology is excellent preparation for a career as an ophthalmologist. – Martin Wilkes, residency Class of 2011