Ophthalmology Curriculum

First Year

During the first year, each incoming resident is paired with a senior resident with whom he/she will rotate during the year. The schedule is as follows:

1st Year Resident A 1st Year Resident B
  • 3 months at Hampton VAMC
  • 3 months at Sentara Norfolk General
  • 1 month at Hampton VAMC
  • 1 month at Basic Science Course in Houston, TX
  • 1 month at Hampton VAMC
  • 2 months at Sentara Norfolk General
  • BEGIN 2nd Year Rotations in June
  • 3 months at Sentara Norfolk General
  • 3 months at Hampton VAMC
  • 1 month at Sentara Norfolk General
  • 1 month at Basic Science Course in Houston, TX
  • 1 month at Sentara Norfolk General
  • 2 months at Hampton VAMC
  • BEGIN 2nd Year Rotations in June
Sample Sub-Specialty Clinic Schedule at Sentara Norfolk General
 
1st Monday of the month:  Pediatrics
1st and 3rd Tuesday:  Retina
Each Wednesday afternoon:  Protected research time
  (with the exception of 1st Wednesday, which is Neuro-ophthalmology clinic)
2nd Thursday:  Laser/Minor procedure
3rd Thursday:  Contact Lens
4th Thursday:  Glaucoma (AM)/Plastics (PM)
 
All other days are general clinic unless otherwise specified.
 
Second Year
Second Year Schedule is as follows:
  • 3 months Retina
  • 2 months Cornea
  • 6 months Pediatrics, Neuro-Ophthalmology, Plastics, Pathology
  • Residents attend the Harvard Cataract course during their second year

Third Year

Each resident will rotate six months at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital, and six months at the VA Medical Center, Hampton. The Sentara resident will function as chief resident. Each third-year resident will be paired with an incoming first-year with whom he/she will rotate for the year. The rotation schedule is as above for the first-year residents with the exception of attending the basic science course in Houston. A significant amount of time of third year is spent in the operating room, both at the VA and Sentara Norfolk General. The remainder of the time is spent in clinic at both of the facilities.  Residents attend the Wills Review Course during their third year.