Wake Forest School of Medicine’s Eye Center sees over 80,000 patient visits per year, providing an ideal environment for resident clinical experience.

Our program includes a continuous care clinic, inpatient consultation service at a Level I trauma center and high-volume surgical experience.

Subspecialty rotations are held in the mornings (where residents work side-by-side with attending subspecialists in all major areas), and then a continuous care clinic, the Comprehensive Eye Service, is held in the afternoon.

First-year residents have one-month subspecialties during the first year, allowing them to gain more familiarity with all areas of ophthalmology early in training. The second-year rotations are more intensive, and residents are expected to function with a higher level of expertise.

Clinical Rotations

Resident Schedule and Responsibilities

During the first year of training, residents spend four one-month rotations at the VA. As second-year residents, they spend two two-month rotations. Senior residents rotate through a continuous cycle, allowing each senior resident a full operating day each week at the VA.

Residents’ clinics are busy, with many comprehensive and cataract patients as well as glaucoma and retina subspecialty consultations.

Junior residents perform many laser, intraocular injection and minor procedures. The VA hospital has a full optometric service, which means that patients encountered at the VA clinics are essentially prescreened for pathology. This is especially true for patients who have cataracts. A high percentage of patients initially encountered at the ophthalmology clinic continue with the resident for cataract surgery. About 70 percent of resident cataract surgery is performed at the VA.

On Call Responsibilities

All call is from home.

First- and second-year residents participate in the night float service, so on average, you will spend 6 weeks spaced through the year taking night call.

Senior residents take "second call" and thus are on call on average one of every four nights for backup call. Senior residents are expected to come to the Eye Center after hours as needed (admissions, emergent procedures or when the junior residents have clinical questions).

Faculty coverage is available at all times, and faculty staff supervises all trips to the operating room, both scheduled and unscheduled.

Resident Research

Each resident is required to pursue a clinical research project of his/her choice under the supervision of a faulty person, and encouraged to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before the training program can be considered to have been successfully completed.

Residents are given specific instruction in presenting case reports and scientific papers, and they benefit from superior audiovisual services for academic and scholarly pursuits. Each resident is sent to at least one Annual Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the department also fully sponsors residents who have papers accepted at national meetings.