Each resident is required to pursue a clinical research
project of his/her choice under the supervision of a faulty person, and
encouraged to publish at least one paper in a peer-reviewed journal before the
training program can be considered to have been successfully completed.
Residents are given specific instruction in presenting case reports and
scientific papers, and they benefit from superior audiovisual services for
academic and scholarly pursuits. Each resident is sent to at least one Annual
Meeting of the American Academy of Ophthalmology, and the department also fully
sponsors residents who have papers accepted at national meetings.
North Carolina Lions
Clinical Research Division
A major grant from the Lions Clubs of North Carolina and
Lions International helped to fund the NC Lions Clinical Research Division. It
is an integral part of the Eye Center and has a dedicated research space of
more than 1000 square feet, located close to our waiting areas and diagnostic
facilities, the division is staffed by full-time research nurses.
The North Carolina Lions has had a long history with the eye
center and have been the providers of ongoing major donations for clinical
equipment since 1947.
Since its inception, the Clinical Research Division has
performed numerous and diverse clinical studies ranging from the evaluation of
potential ocular side effects of anti-cholesterol drugs to a pioneering
photographic technique of documenting diffuse retinal diseases in a
computer-driven, seamless fashion This later work was displayed at an
International Congress of Ophthalmology meeting in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.
Annual Research Day
Each year Wake Forest School of Medicine, Department of
Ophthalmology holds an annual research day where several eminent ophthalmologists
are invited to lecture side by side with the senior residents. This is followed
by an alumni dinner in the evening where the D. Brian Sloan, III, MD award is
presented to the resident who has given the best presentation.
The D. Brian Sloan (1962 – 1993), III, MD Award is named for
our resident (’89 – ’92) and friend and who was an outstanding young physician.
He distinguished himself at every level of his training and approached his
responsibilities with laudable ability and idealism.
Recent winners include:
- Brent S. Betts, MD “Consistency and
Safety of Baerveldt Glaucoma Implants with a Venting Slit Smaller than 1.5 mm”
- Daniel H. Nelson, MD “Outcomes of a
Dedicated Ophthalmic Triage System”
- Daniel H. Nelson, MD “Screening for
Diabetic Retinopathy Using Non-Mydriatic Fundus Photography”
- Matthew C. Johnson, MD “Bacterial and
Fungal Corneal Ulcer’s: Outcomes Microbiological Characteristics and Associated
- Joshua Carlson, MD “The Impact of
Decreasing Target Oxygen Saturation Levels on the Development of High-Risk
Pre-threshold or Threshold Retinopathy of Prematurity”