Program Clinical Sites

Clinics are held at two primary hospitals:

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital is a 644-bed Level I Trauma Center.  Residents in 37 different residency and fellowship programs train at this institution, including those in ophthalmology, dermatology, ENT, emergency medicine, urology, surgery, and radiology.  Clinic is held in the Lions Center for Sight clinic on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The focus of the clinic will change depending on the week of the month. See EVMS Ophthalmology Residency Curriculum for a sample clinic schedule (may vary depending on the month).

Sentara Norfolk General Hospital will be the primary source of consults for inpatient care, as well as the primary hospital served on call, approximately 70 percent of call patients are from this hospital.  The Ophthalmology resident lounge and computer system are located in the Lions Center for Sight clinic at Sentara as well as the residents' primary library of ophthalmology texbooks and on-line resources.  There are wet lab microscopes both at the eye clinic as well as in the Thomas R. Lee Center for Ocular Pharmacology research lab.  The Lions Eye Bank is just next door to the Lions Center for Sight clinic, which facilitates access to cadaver eyes.

Hampton Veterans Administration Medical Center (VAMC)

The VA Medical center is approximately 18 miles from Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and has three full time faculty members. Dr Joy Robinson, M.D., Chief of Ophthalmology, and Dr. Gay Tokomaru, O.D., is the Chief of Optometry and Dr. Samuel Tyson, M.D. 

Patient volume is large as the Norfolk area is the largest naval port in the United States. Clinic is held Monday - Friday. Tuesday and Wednesday mornings are block times for surgery for the chief resident, and Tuesday afternoon is retina clinic every week. Cataract and glaucoma surgeries on Wednesday morning are attended by a fellowship-trained glaucoma specialist.  Retina clinic on Tuesdays is attended by a medical retina ophthalmologist. The rest of the week is a mix of general patients. Periodically an optometry student or fellow will be working at the VA with the ophthalmology residents.