Ophthalmology Residency Program
Message from Program Director
“I will admit to being biased, but there are just not that
many teaching programs that combine the personalized attention and depth of
experience found at the Wake Forest program. There is no shortage of clinical
and surgical opportunities for our residents. The faculty is full-time, on
site, available, and dedicated to teaching residents.
Residents and faculty
work side-by-side within the same facilities. The teaching program is fortunate
to have the full support of the chairman and faculty, as this truly is a
“residency-driven” program. The program is stable, with very little turnover in
faculty. Graduating residents universally comment that they were “ready and
well-prepared” for private practice or fellowship. Most of all, we have
cultivated a friendly atmosphere of mutual respect between faculty and
residents, making this an enjoyable place to learn and work.”
The ophthalmology residency program at the Wake Forest
University School of Medicine is a busy, high-volume clinical program known for
its “hands on” approach and excellent preparation for the “real world”.
program is a three-year residency, with three residents at each level, based
primarily at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center in Winston Salem,
with one third of the clinical training taking place at the Veterans
Administration hospital in Salisbury, North Carolina.
With a total resident
cadre of nine, the WFU residency is among the smaller programs. However, it
remains highly competitive for the best resident applicants for a number of
reasons: the high full-time faculty to resident ratio, the location of faculty
and resident working together, a busy medical and surgical resident experience,
and the commitment of the faculty to resident education. Almost two thirds of
our graduates have gone on to pursue fellowship training at the most
prestigious institutions in the nation.