The Ophthalmology Residency

Four months of the second year are spent at the VAMC. The other 8 months are spent on subspecialty rotations at the main campus or accessory venues. Included are rotations in pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics/neuro-ophthalmology, retina, glaucoma, and cornea.  Each of the subspecialty blocks takes place over a 1 month period.

While on the VAMC rotation our resident experience is focused broadly to further build upon knowledge and skills introduced in the first year of residency. As this is considered a separate participating institution, there is a modicum of independence granted to the faculty in that venue.  Given this arrangement, the faculty at the VAMC independently govern their educational objectives with oversight from the main campus.  VA faculty also participate in grand rounds, journal clubs, our annual meeting and lectures at MCG.  Most of the VA faculty are represented on this website as adjunct professors. The months during second year at the VAMC serve as the entry point for cataract surgery training. In addition to medical and surgical management of the anterior segment there is considerable involvement with the VA retina clinic and oculoplastic surgery.

In the mid-2000s, Dr. Dilip Thomas left the university and spent a couple of years in private practice. That significantly limited our resident's experience in neuro-ophthalmology and at that time a clinical rotation in neuro-ophthalmology with Dr. Jeffrey Odel was initiated. Dr. Odel is on the faculty of the Edward S. Harkness Eye Institute of Columbia University which is part of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital system. The training that Dr. Odel has provided is superb with a great depth of education provided in the 4 weeks on his service. Dr. Odel also involves the residents with other New York City ophthalmology educational events. When Dr. Thomas rejoined our department in 2008 the NYC rotation seemed to be less needful to our residents, but as the experience with Dr. Odel has been so positive we have continued to offer this experience in an elective fashion.

Another wonderful benefit is the call responsibility for the second years. During this year there is no after hours call responsibility from July to May. "Senior" call starts in May to get the second years back into that groove before they must closely supervise incoming first years in July of their senior year. This also allows the seniors to drop back out of the call schedule for the last couple of months of their residency. During this year our residents are given a week of off-campus leave to participate in an OKAP review course which is partially sponsored by the alumni association.

* disclaimer...this structure and these parameters are only summaries. We reserve the right to alter them according to the needs of our training program.