During the first year of training, the resident learns the basic techniques of ocular diagnosis and medical management of a variety of ocular diseases. In addition, subspecialty training in Neuro-Ophthalmology, Glaucoma, Retina Pathology and Pediatric Ophthalmology is offered during the first year of training. Each first year will rotate through Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Hampton VAMC in rotating 2 month blocks.
The second year of training is dedicated to in-depth exposure to the subspecialties of cornea and external diseases, glaucoma, neuro-ophthalmology, 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.
During the third year, the resident assumes full responsibility for the medical and surgical care of patients at Sentara Norfolk General Hospital and Hampton VAMC with all types of ophthalmic diseases. Time is split between both sites equally with an emphasis on cataract surgery at the VAMC.
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/Plastics
All other days are general clinic.