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Wilmer Residency Training


General Eye Service

The Wilmer ophthalmology residency program offers outstanding clinical training and professional development in a collegial environment. Our residents enjoy the abundant resources available in a large ophthalmologic institute, from the superb physical facilities to the numerous full-time faculty members. The faculty offer expertise in all areas of specialization and research in ophthalmology and are readily available to the residents for teaching and consultation.

In addition to the dedicated faculty, residents are supervised by a Chief Resident (Assistant Chief of Service). He or she is a fellowship-trained junior faculty member and former Wilmer resident who works closely with all of the residents, from supervising first-year residents in the Wilmer Emergency Room to precepting senior residents in the operating room. The ACS also functions as a liaison between the residents and the faculty. In 2011, Eric Singman, M.D., Ph.D. joined Wilmer as the Division Director of the residents’ General Eye Service (GES).

One of the continued strengths of the training program is the independent Ophthalmology Resident Service (General Eye Service), which is separate from the private practices of the faculty.

General Eye Service

Residents have a Continuity Clinic in the GES (dedicated time one day every week) to follow their own patients for the duration of their residency. This fosters the development of long-term physician-patient relationships and allows the resident to see how disease and its physical, social, and emotional impact evolve over time.

Other strengths include the large volume of patients and ophthalmic surgical cases available to the residents, dedicated ophthalmology operating rooms and staff, an outstanding Ocular Pathology division headed by Charles Eberhart, M.D., Ph.D., and a superb ophthalmology learning resource center (The Friedenwald Library of Ophthalmology, with 1 full-time librarian). 

A dedicated microsurgical laboratory for the residents was established at Wilmer in 2002 (now located in one of the former Wilmer operating rooms no longer used after the opening of the Bendann Surgical Pavilion in 2009), providing the opportunity to develop surgical skills on synthetic and animal eyes. In addition to a computer-based simulator, additional anterior segment, oculoplastic, and medical retina practicums are provided for the residents each year.

Friedenwald-Romano Library

Every Thursday morning there is a formal "Grand Rounds" conference at Wilmer, in which the residents and fellows present the most fascinating cases. Afterward, there is a three-hour didactic session that combines lecture, small-group discussion and hands-on learning. In addition there is a weekly "Professor’s Rounds" held Wednesday mornings, principally led by the Chairman, Dr. Peter McDonnell.


Rotation schedules vary year to year, but current samples are available:


Dr. Sheila West on the Link Between Smoking and Eye Disease in Women - 7/23/2014

Dr. Pradeep Ramulu and Colleagues Study Relationship Between Vision Loss and Work Status - 7/18/2014

Wilmer Resident Receives Lindstrom Research Grant - 7/11/2014

Four Wilmer Researchers Receive BrightFocus Foundation Awards - 7/10/2014

Dr. Michael Repka Part of Team Researching Telemedicine and ROP - 6/27/2014

Dr. M. Valeria Canto-Soler and Colleagues Featured on WBAL-TV - 6/24/2014

Dr. M. Valeria Canto-Soler and Colleagues Use Human Stem Cells to Create Light-Sensitive Retina in a Dish - 6/10/2014

Wilmer's Division of Ocular Immunology Announces "Living With Uveitis" Support Group - 6/10/2014

Dr. Neil Bressler to Speak on Diabetic Retinopathy at National Eye Health Summit and Webcast - 6/10/2014

Dr. Donald Zack Receives a Research to Prevent Blindness Nelson Trust Award for Retinitis Pigmentosa - 6/9/2014

Dr. Michael Boland Leads Study on Effectiveness of Automated Telecommunication-Based Reminders on Adherence to Glaucoma Medication Dosing - 6/4/2014

Dr. Christina Prescott Discusses Summer Eye Protection on Fox 45 News - 6/1/2014

Dr. Jonathan Song Discusses Treatment Options for Pediatric Cataracts - 5/23/2014

Johns Hopkins' Jordan Green Discusses His Work at Wilmer's Translational Tissue Engineering Center - 5/21/2014

Longtime Wilmer Employee Lillie Alston Honored by Hopkins - 5/19/2014

Dr. Richard Semba: Diets Rich in Antioxidant Resveratrol Fail to Reduce Deaths, Heart Disease or Cancer - 5/12/2014

Dr. Neil Miller Explains Eye Twitching in The Wall Street Journal - 5/12/2014

Dr. Hendrik Scholl Receives ARVO Award - 5/7/2014


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