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Clinical Rotations

All VCU Health Department of Ophthalmology residents rotate through the VCU Medical CenterMCV Physicians at the Neuroscience, Orthopaedic & Wellness CenterLipstock Lasik & Cataract Center of VirginiaStony Point Surgery Center and the Hunter Holmes McGuire VA Medical Center.   

First-Year Residents (PGY-2)

Residents participate in rotations at the VCU Medical Center and the VA Medical Center.

Residents will focus on comprehensive ophthalmology as well as exposure to subspecialty care (including ocular genetics), primary call. Residents will be in the operating room with the pediatric attendings and at the VA Medical Center. Neuro-ophthalmology and pathology are also emphasized during the first-year curriculum.

First year residents take primary call in their first year with graduated responsibilities; the first 4 weeks of call are “buddy call” with a second year resident. Additionally, they are closely supervised during each consult by the 3rd year resident.

Second-Year Residents (PGY-3)

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 clinic patients and triage care. The second-year residents take 1 weekend of primary call a month (divided among the residents).

Third-Year Residents (PGY-4)

The third year of residency emphasizes all aspects of ophthalmic surgery, which include pre- and post-operative patient care and trauma surgery. Eight of the 12 months are spent at the McGuire VA Medical Center.

Senior residents manage general ophthalmology clinics under the supervision of faculty, take secondary call, and provide leadership in the clinics.

All residents have 2-3 Friday afternoons a month dedicated to education or research.

Sample Rotation Schedule