First Year

During the first year of training, residents learn the basic techniques of ocular diagnosis and medical management of a variety of ocular diseases. Subspecialty training in neuro-ophthalmology, glaucoma, retina pathology and pediatric ophthalmology is offered through a variety of clinical and didactic experiences. On-site and off-site pathology experience is included. Each first-year will rotate through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) and Hampton VA Medical Center (VAMC) in alternating two-month blocks.  Each resident attends a one-week comprehensive review course to assist in preparation for inservice examinations.


Second Year

The second year of training is dedicated to in-depth exposure to the subspecialties of cornea and external diseases, pediatric ophthalmology, oculoplastics and retina, as well as an introduction to ophthalmic surgery. Each resident has the opportunity to tailor his or her rotations to their interests with the exception of a few core rotations.  Second-year residents also attend the University of Illinois at Chicago review course.


Third Year

During the third year, the resident assumes full responsibility for the medical and surgical care of patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital (SNGH) and Hampton Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC) with all types of ophthalmic diseases. Time is equally split between both sites with an emphasis on cataract surgery at the VAMC. Third-years attend a cataract course as well as the Wills Eye Hospital Ophthalmology review course.


Sample subspecialty clinic schedule at EVMS Sentara Lion's Sight Center (SNGH)

  • Monday: General clinic
  • First and third Tuesday: Retina
  • Second Tuesday: General clinic (AM) and Avastin injection clinic (PM)
  • First and fourth Wednesday: Chief clinic and private clinic
  • Second and third Wednesday: Surgery block
  • First and fourth Thursday: Glaucoma clinic
  • Second Thursday: Plastics clinic
  • Third Thursday: Cornea/comprehensive clinic
  • Fourth Thursday: Lids/procedure clinic
  • Fourth Friday: Neuro clinic

All other days are general clinic.