The Ophthalmology Residency program at Wake Forest University School of Medicine is a high-volume clinical program known for its hands-on approach and excellent preparation for the real world.

Ophthalmology Residency Program FacultyThe program is currently an ACGME-accredited three-year residency, with four residents at each level (PGY2 – PGY4), based primarily at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center in Winston-Salem. One-third of the clinical training also takes place at the Veterans Administration hospital in Salisbury, Kernersville and Charlotte, NC. North Carolina.

Beginning with applicants that match with us in January 2021, we will become a four-year training program, incorporating the PGY-1 internship year as mandated by the ACGME. This first year of training will include 9 months of internal medicine, and 3 months of ophthalmology at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital, followed by 3 years of dedicated ophthalmology training.

In addition to the residency program, we currently have 1 cornea fellow and 2 retina fellows. With such a busy clinical program, we have found that our fellows add significantly to the resident experience.

The fellows allow greater flexibility in scheduling resident subspecialty rotations, they participate in didactic lectures, and they are able to staff some procedures with the residents.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

With a total resident cadre of twelve, our residency is an exceptional program, highly competitive for the best resident applicants for a number of reasons:

  • The high full-time faculty-to-resident ratio
  • Faculty and residents work together in the same locations
  • A busy medical and surgical resident experience
  • The commitment of the faculty to resident education
  • Great faculty interaction and teaching
  • Your own comprehensive clinic, providing continuity of care for the same patients for 3 years
  • Ocular pathologist with recurring lectures and wet lab
  • Eyesi Simulator at the VA 
  • 32,000 major ocular surgeries are performed by faculty, residents and fellows each year
  • 250 to 300+ cataract procedures as primary surgeon during training
  • Almost two-thirds of our graduates have gone on to pursue fellowship training at the most prestigious institutions in the nation

“I will admit to being biased, but there are just not that many teaching programs that combine the personalized attention and depth of experience found at the Wake Forest program.”

- Timothy Martin, MD, Program Director.

Resident Reflections

“The comprehensive eye service (continuity clinic) and urgent clinic were the bedrock of my education here, and something that sets this program apart from any other program that I interviewed at. The ownership that residents are given over their patients provides a learning opportunity that can’t be replicated by rotating through attending clinics. I will enter private practice feeling very well prepared to run a busy clinic due to this experience.” – Levi Kauffman

“Hands down, I would match at Wake again. The core faculty are very dedicated to the program and to the development of the residents. The program is very strong clinically and surgically since we see so many patients and learn how to manage a clinic.” – Kathy Tsamis

“Cataract surgery training is excellent. Faculty are very involved and invested in resident success”. – Krishna Surapaneni

Program Benefits Highlights

As an Ophthalmology resident you will receive:

  • Residents are sent to the Wills Board Review and Harvard Cataract Surgery courses as part of their training, expenses are paid and these are not counted as vacation days
  • Residents are sent to one American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting during their training, expenses paid and not counted as vacation days.
  • Residents are sent to scientific meetings if they have a poster or paper accepted, subject to an individual review, with expenses paid and not counted as vacation days.
  • PGY4 participation in the Wake ECHO/Honduras trip is fully funded - not counted as vacation days 
  • OphthoQuestions provided
  • BSCS Books/Ebooks provided
  • Lenses provided
  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
Learn more about the standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.