Most of the training takes place at Wake Forest Baptist Health's Eye Center located in the Janeway Tower in the heart of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
Our Eye Center is a 28,000 square foot facility in which the
outpatient activities of the department of ophthalmology are conducted. It includes examination lanes shared by both residents and faculty, and
facilities for diagnostic procedures. Minor procedure rooms and therapeutic
lasers (including an Allegretto Wavelight laser for LASIK) are also located on
The Eye Center also includes the North Carolina Clinical Research
Division, with space dedicated for clinical research. With attending and
resident clinics within the same facility, there is easy access to faculty by
the residents. Interactions with other services are facilitated by the
strategic location of the Eye Center.
An academic area in the Eye Center houses
the faculty offices and the main conference room. The conference room contains
a continually-updated ophthalmology library, a convenient outpost of the
exhaustive resources of the Coy C. Carpenter Medical Library which is also
located on campus. The conference room is also equipped for video, slide and
computer-based presentations and is the focal point of resident didactic
One-third of the residents’ training is spent at the W. G.
(Bill) Heffner Veterans Administration Medical Center in Salisbury, North Carolina,
which is a 45-minute drive from the Wake Forest University Eye Center. This VA
serves more than 280,000 veterans living in a 24-county area of the Central
Piedmont Region of North Carolina.
The residency training program at the VA has
3 full-time ophthalmologists with expertise in comprehensive ophthalmology and
cataract surgery, and fellowship subspecialization in glaucoma, and uveitis.
The residents have three OR days a week, supporting the busy surgical
experience at the VA. The VA also houses the Eyes Surgical Stimulator, with
interfaces for both cataract and retina surgical training.