Resident spotlight: Meet Chief Resident Molly Orban

July 17, 2020
Molly Orban

Residents training at the Storm Eye Institute at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) see patients while developing strong surgical techniques and pursuing research interests. We are thrilled to introduce you to some of the faces you may see on your next visit.

Molly Orban, chief resident for the 2020-21 academic year, recently answered these questions about herself!

Where are you from? Where did you go to school?

I am originally from Jupiter, Florida. I went to undergrad at the University of Florida (Go Gators!) and medical school at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando, Florida.

Why did you choose to go into ophthalmology?

As I explored the different fields in medical school, I learned that I loved surgery but most desired a field where I could commit to serving my patients over the long term. I love the continuity of care that our field offers and let's be real, operating under a microscope on things too small to see with the naked eye is SO COOL!

Is there a specialty you are interested in within ophthalmology? Why?

I am still working out my plans for my future career. I have found that I like so many of the subspecialties in ophthalmology; it’s a good problem to have!

Why did you choose Storm Eye?

Storm Eye was my top program because it had everything I was looking for in a residency program. Compassionate faculty, a commitment to local and global service, a large VA, years of proven resident success, excellent research opportunities and most important to me – a comprehensive team of ophthalmologic subspecialists: from uveitis and neuro-ophthalmology to ocular oncology.

Faculty, patient or fellow resident story/favorite memory/experience/learned lesson.

I have so many great memories of my residency already. Recently my co-residents and I were lucky enough to go to a training wet lab in North Carolina. We drove up in one big car together and alternated answering board review questions with jamming out to music. It was a great way to de-stress but also get pumped for coming back and putting the surgical techniques we learned to good use. I was also reminded of how awesome my co-residents are!

What is your favorite food or food to cook?

That's a hard question! My husband and I joke that our hobby is eating together! Honestly my favorite food is probably chocolate (if that counts?). My favorite thing to cook right now is something I can bake with my daughter. She is 2 and loves dumping ingredients in the bowl and stirring everything together. We most recently made chocolate chip banana bread, and we both loved it!

How are you staying busy during COVID-19 social distancing/how are you keeping your children occupied?

That's a funny question. I am having no problem staying busy – trying to keep my 2-year-old entertained and my walls marker-free when I am home is a full-time job! We do a lot of walking, playing in the hose and on her swings, and lots of drawing. It is different for a lot of people right now, and that makes it difficult, but we are so blessed to be healthy! I am thinking about our Storm Eye family constantly and am looking forward to the day when we can all be together again.

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