The Eye Surgical Training Program is an integral part of the MGUH/MWHC Ophthalmology residency. Basic science instruction, intensive general eye clinic experience, comprehensive and sub-specialty rotations on- and off-campus, in-hospital consultation service, faculty and visiting lectures, rounds, and workshops are fully integrated into the curriculum. It culminates in a senior year in which the residents assume charge of their own clinic practices, under direct attending supervision, during which time they evaluate and medically and surgically manage their own patients. These patients shall at all times be treated respectfully, compassionately, and competently by all residents and staff.
The MGUH/MWHC residency has developed a graded program of observation, instruction, and experience, with increasing levels of responsibility in order to train high quality clinical ophthalmologists. Resident surgical experience is obtained at the following affiliated sites: MedStar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC); MedStar Georgetown University Hospital (MGUH); Department of Veteran Affairs Medical Center (VA); Childrens National Medical Center (CNMC); and Fairfax Hospital (FFX). Surgical training in ophthalmology, is described below.
Wet lab experiences are scheduled throughout the academic year. This surgical skills development resource provides progressive instruction, under direct faculty supervision, on the basics of suturing and performance of intraocular surgical procedures. Additionally, a Simulator curriculum is designed to assess residents’ progress through all aspects of ocular surgery for all three years of residency. ALL resident surgical procedures are done under the direct supervision of an attending ophthalmologist.