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.

The program is an ACGME-accredited three-year residency, with four residents at each level, 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, North Carolina.

Why Train at Wake Forest?

With a total resident cadre of twelve, our residency is among the smaller programs. However, it remains highly competitive for the best resident applicants for a number of reasons:

  • The high full-time faculty-to-resident ratio
  • The location of faculty and resident working together
  • A busy medical and surgical resident experience
  • The commitment of the faculty to resident education

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.

Ophthalmology Residency Faculty

All major subspecialty areas of ophthalmology are represented by full-time, on-site faculty, including:

  • Retina and vitreous
  • Uveitis
  • Cornea/external disease
  • Refractive surgery
  • Glaucoma
  • Ophthalmic plastic surgery
  • Pediatric ophthalmology
  • Neuro-ophthalmology
  • Comprehensive/cataract specialists

Ocular pathology instruction is provided by a pathologist with co-appointments in ophthalmology and neuro-pathology.

Faculty members are distinguished experts in their fields, authoring many publications yearly. They are also frequently involved in national clinical trials.

Residents who wish to participate in major clinical trials may also use the resources of the North Carolina Lions Clinical Research Division, which has three full-time clinical research nurses/technicians.

Program Benefits Highlights

As a resident of Wake Forest you will receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Health, dental, and vision insurance
  • Long-term disability
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • On-call resources (rooms, meals, etc.)
Learn more about the all standard benefits available to Wake Forest Residents. Program-specific benefits, if available, can be found on the program application page.