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Training at the Glaucoma Center of Excellence (GCE)

A central goal of the Wilmer Glaucoma Center of Excellence (GCE) is to train and develop the next generation of clinical experts and thought leaders in glaucoma. Training is focused on three groups of individuals:

  • Ophthalmology residents
  • Glaucoma fellows
  • Pre- and post-doctoral students

Five ophthalmology residents train at Wilmer every year, and each resident spends two and one half months learning from us in the clinic and operating room. Our faculty is highly committed to resident training and has pioneered a number of novel methods to provide them the best possible teaching. For example, each resident is taught the fundamentals of surgery in a practice lab setting, one-on-one with a faculty mentor prior to their clinical rotation with us. We have also created a set of novel web-based resident teaching modules which illustrate the fundamentals of glaucoma diagnosis and treatment. Finally, we have “flipped” our classroom teaching approach - putting lecture materials online and spending valuable classroom time on small-group case-based discussions which bring to life the principles outlined in lecture.

Subspecialty Training for Glaucoma

Each July, one clinical fellow (having completed ophthalmology residency) is selected to work with us for one year in subspecialty training for glaucoma. Our fellow spends most of his or her time with us in clinic and operating room and receives additional training through various means (also attended by our residents and students), including:

  1. Weekly meetings in which we discuss our latest research on how we can better diagnose and care for glaucoma patients
  2. Weekly "rounds" in which the clinical care of the most complex glaucoma patients is discussed
  3. Bimonthly journal clubs in which the latest glaucoma literature is reviewed

We also offer a 4-5 year mentored training program for those post-residency who wish to become full-time academic glaucoma specialists. This provides a faculty-level salary, clinical practice as part of the glaucoma team, and 75 percent protected time to train in clinical or laboratory research under the NIH K award program.


Finally, the GCE has several students working on laboratory or clinical research projects at any given time. These students might be at any stage of training, including the undergraduate, graduate/medical school or post-doctoral level. They spend all of their time focusing on a research question, producing knowledge which will help us care for glaucoma better in the future. They leave us with special research skills which will help them develop their individual careers in the future.

More videos:

Teaching Graduate Physicians

Teaching Medical Students

Medical Students in the Glaucoma Center

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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