The WVU Ophthalmology Residency Program is a three-year program that accepts three residents per year. We are the only tertiary eye care center in West Virginia and receive many patients with unusual and complex disorders referred to WVU by doctors throughout West Virginia and the neighboring states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland. The Eye Institute also provides comprehensive eye care to a diverse population of local residents, in both traditional and managed care setting.
In October 2007 the WVU Eye Institute purchased and made available to residents the EyeSi (VR magic) surgical simulator device, a cutting edge technology permitting realistic development of intraocular surgical skills needed for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery. The WVU Eye Institute was an early adopter of the EyeSi system and is proud to have a semi-formal introductory path in place for beginning ophthalmic surgeons.
During their three years residents spend a total of four months in the specialty areas of comprehensive ophthalmology, medical retina, surgical retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and cornea. Each resident rotation is for two months. Residents rotate twice through each service, eight weeks each, during their three-year program. Residents work primarily in the WVU Eye Institute, founded in 2001, and at the WVU's Ruby Memorial Hospital. There are also Ophthalmology clinics at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg, WV, which provide a great variety of medical and surgical pathology to the residents' experience. Our residents benefit from having full time board certified faculty in all clinical subspeciality areas under one roof at WVU.
Residents participate in a weekly lecture series held by the faculty and outside specialists at 7AM on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Grand Rounds are held each Wednesday at which residents present interesting and challenging case studies. Occasionally, outside speakers are also invited to present at Grand Rounds.
All residents pursue quality improvement and research projects each year with faculty mentors. The completed projects are presented by the resident during the Ophthalmology Research Day each spring. Research opportunities are available for residents with faculty both in the Ophthalmology Department and with basic science faculty at WVU allied with the Department.
Approximately half of our graduating residents at WVU go on to fellowship training, most recently into the fields of cornea, glaucoma, pediatrics, and retina. We are proud of our alumni and current residents and welcome your interest in our training program!