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Wilmer Residency Training

Residency Training:

Third-Year Rotations (PGY-4)

The third-year residents assume progressively more independent responsibility for the care of ophthalmologic patients under appropriate supervision.  All All PGY-4 residents maintain a continuity clinic in the Wilmer General Eye Service (GES).

Wilmer Resident/Cornea
Preceptors:  ACS, Yassine Daoud, Esen Akpek, Scot Bower

The Wilmer Cataract Resident spends one and half days a week in the OR performing primary cataract and corneal procedures, or assisting faculty with anterior segment cases.  20-30 phacoemulsification and corneal surgeries are performed on this rotation, allowing the resident to learn different styles of cataract surgery. They also spend time in the faculty cornea clinics and refractive clinics, and perform 4-5 primary refractive procedures.  The remaining day of the week is spent in the GES, seeing pre- and postoperative patients and continuity clinic patients.

Wilmer GES Resident/Uveitis
Preceptors:  J.P. Dunn, Bryn Burkholder, ACS

The Uveitis rotation includes a full day of clinic with both Dr. Dunn and Dr. Burkholder. Residents learn to diagnose and treat ocular inflammatory disorders.  The role of corticosteroid and immunosuppressant therapy is emphasized, along with techniques such as periocular and intravitreal drug injections.  The resident also performs surgeries two days a week under the supervision of Dr. Dunn, the Assistant Chief of Service, and other faculty members, depending on the procedure; surgical problems such as small pupils and posterior synechiae are addressed. 30-70 phacoemulsification surgeries are performed on this rotation, allowing the resident to learn different styles of cataract surgery.  The remaining days of the week are spent in the GES, seeing pre- and postoperative patients and continuity clinic patients.

JHU Bayview Medical Center (2)
Preceptors: Robert Weinberg, Elia Duh, Nick Iliff, Divya Srikumaran, Samuel Yiu

The third-year resident sees patients in the Bayview Eye Clinic and performs anterior segment surgery under the direction of Dr. Weinberg, Dr. Srikumaran, and Dr. Yiu. Along with the Wilmer GES, Bayview is one of the busier surgical clinics for the senior resident, who typically performs 20-30 phacoemulsification or other anterior segment procedures on each of the two Bayview rotations, which are usually undertaken consecutively to maximize continuity and surgical volume. The residents also spend time in the faculty retina and plastics clinics and perform retina lasers.

Elective 
Residents often choose to spend their elective time at The Aravind Eye Hospital in Madurai, India; performing anterior segment surgery and seeing clinic patients, performing research, or gaining additional experience in a subspecialty clinic. 

In addition to the popular India elective, some residents have chosen to spend time in other countries as well as rotating with faculty at other programs within the U.S.  All electives must be approved by the Program Director in advance.

Retina
Preceptors: Peter Gehlbach, Akrit Sodhi, Adam Wenick, Peter Campochiaro, Adrienne Scott, Sharon Solomon

Residents spend the rotation learning vitreo-retinal surgery at Wilmer with the surgical retina faculty. The residents also spend one day a week in the GES retina clinic seeing pre- and post-operative retina patients, and spend one day a week in the OR with retina faculty assisting in vitreoretinal cases from the GES.  Resident will perform, on average, 5-10 core vitrectomies as primary surgeons; and assist in scleral buckles and other cases.

GBMC
Preceptors: Sudeep Pramanik, Tanvi Shah, other GBMC faculty

One third-year rotation is spent as the site chief at GBMC. Cataract and corneal procedures are done with Dr. Pramanik or Dr. Shah at GBMC. The third-year GBMC resident typically performs 15-30 phacoemulsification and other anterior segment procedures.  The resident also has supervisory and administrative responsibilities at GBMC that teach core competencies necessary for the transition beyond residency.

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