Welcome from the Program Director
I welcome your interest in WVU! Our ophthalmology residency program is a three-year program that accepts four residents per year. We are the only tertiary eye care center in West Virginia and treat patients with unusual and complex disorders referred to WVU by doctors throughout West Virginia and the neighboring states of Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Maryland.
Our residents benefit from having eighteen full-time board-certified M.D. teaching faculty covering all clinical subspecialty areas under one roof at WVU. Here residents rotate through each subspecialty service twice during their three-year program, including the areas of comprehensive ophthalmology, medical retina, surgical retina, glaucoma, pediatric ophthalmology, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics, and cornea. Residents work primarily in the WVU Eye Institute and the WVU Hospital, both with beautiful state-of-the-art facilities. There is also an Ophthalmology service and OR at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Clarksburg, WV, staffed by our own WVU faculty and which adds a great variety of medical and surgical experience to the residents' education. The WVU Eye Institute was an early adopter of the EyeSi surgery simulator and is proud to have the system in place for beginning ophthalmic surgeons to hone skills for cataract and vitreoretinal surgery.
Our PGY-1 intern year is a joint program with the Transitional Year program and is very popular with our residents. Three months of the year are devoted to ophthalmology, with the remaining nine months pursuing hospital rotations in a variety of specialty areas. Our ophthalmology-bound matched students select their TY positions through the separate ERAS match each March.
Residents participate in a weekly lecture series held by the faculty and outside specialists at 7 a.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays. Grand Rounds are held each Wednesday at which residents present interesting and challenging case studies. Both our faculty and outside speakers are also active contributors at Grand Rounds.
Opportunities are available for residents to become involved in research projects with faculty, both in the Ophthalmology Department and with basic science faculty at WVU allied with the Department. Each year all residents pursue research and quality improvement projects with an M.D. or Ph.D. faculty mentor. Completed projects are presented during Ophthalmology Research Day each spring.
Life in Morgantown is relaxed, safe, family-friendly and alive with good restaurants and all varieties of university arts and sports. West Virginia is a very scenic, forested and mountainous state resplendent with all manner of outdoor activities-hiking, mountain biking, skiing, white water rafting, boating, historic sites and parks all within easy reach for you.
Approximately half of our graduating residents at WVU go on to fellowship training, most recently into the fields of cornea, pediatrics, glaucoma, and retina. They find they are very competitive for any of their fellowship choices. Those who elect to pursue careers in comprehensive ophthalmology graduate extremely confident and skilled to do so with the clinical and surgical experiences gained while here. We are proud of our alumni, our current residents and our program. I hope you will inquire further into all we have to offer and look forward to an opportunity to meet you!
Geoff Bradford, MS, MD
Vice-Chair of Education and Program Director