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Intern/Resident Rotations

PGY1: Intern Year

After matching for ophthalmology residency at Storm Eye, there are three options for the PGY1 Intern/Resident.

  • General Surgery: A modified surgery internship schedule with up to four months of ophthalmology rotations 
  • Internal Medicine: An internship schedule that focuses on Internal Medicine 
  • A PGY1 year at an institution accredited with the ACGME

PGY2: First Year as Ophthalmology Resident

The first year of residency at Storm Eye Institute is an exciting year divided into four rotations of three months each.

  • General (with Pediatric) Clinic: PGY2 Residents participate in the general ophthalmology clinic and begin to see patients under the supervision of attending physicians. The first year also spends two half-days in the pediatric ophthalmology clinic.
  • Cornea Clinic: PGY2 Residents share time with the cornea attending physicians. There are two clinic days and two surgery days. As the primary resident on this rotation the responsibilities include opportunities to participate with procedures in the OR and clinic.
  • Plastics: PGY2 Residents work one-on-one with the Oculo-Plastics specialist. There is extensive exposure to both in-office and OR procedures as well a wide variety of pathology cases.
  • Neuro-ophthalmology (with Retina) ClinicThis rotation gives the PGY2 Residents a great experience with additional exposure to uveitis patients. The resident also spends time with the retina service in clinic and the OR.

PGY3: Second Year as Ophthalmology Resident

As ophthalmology is a surgical subspecialty, the second year of residency begins the surgical experience.

  • General Clinic: PGY3 Residents are responsible for the day-to-day clinic flow as well as inpatient adult consults. During this rotation the PGY3 resident will experience cataract surgery as the primary surgeon.
  • VA: This busy clinical service is balanced by two surgery days. PGY3 Residents build their surgical logs as primary surgeon. Additionally, there is a half day for minor procedures such as injections, biopsies, and laser surgery. The majority of the surgery will be cataracts and there is one oculo-plastics surgery day a month as well as retina and glaucoma surgeries.
  • Retina: The PGY3 is the primary resident on the retina rotation, dividing their time between our vitreo-retinal specialists. The retina clinics provide exposure to diverse pathology. There is experience performing pan-retinal photocoagulation, focal lasers, and intra-vitreal injections.
  • Pediatrics: The PGY3 Resident participates in busy clinics where the basics of pediatric ophthalmology are learned with the fellow and attendings including ROP clinic. Surgery time is shared with the Fellow but since there are three surgery days with the peds ophthalmologists, primary surgical numbers for the resident exceed the ACGME minimums.

PGY4: Third Year as Ophthalmology Resident

The PGY4 year concentrates on perfecting surgical skills.

  • General Clinic: The role of the PGY4 Resident is primarily to back up the PGY3 Resident and to perform the surgeries produced from clinic. Primarily comprised of cataract surgeries, select cases are also performed with the cornea and trauma services.
  • VA: PGY4 Residents perform the majority of cataract surgeries on two dedicated surgery days per week.
  • VA/Elective: PGY4 Residents rotate at the VA in both the clinic and OR. Surgeries are primarily for cataracts. This rotation has flexibility for concentrating on special interests during the days not spent at the VA.
  • Glaucoma Clinic: The PGY4 Resident is the primary resident on this rotation. Surgical and laser glaucoma procedures easily exceed ACGME minimums

Resident Surgical Volumes: Primary Role

  • Cataract Surgery: 200 to 250
  • Open Globe Surgery: 10 to 20 
  • Glaucoma Surgery: 5 to 20 
  • Corneal Transplants: 1 to 2 Primary/10 to 20 Assistant
  • Strabismus Surgery: 25 to 30
  • Oculoplastic Surgery: 30 to 40 
  • Laser Surgery: 50 to 75 (Focal, PRP, YAG, LRI)
  • Femtosecond Laser Cataract Surgery (FLACS): 10

Storm Eye Institute is proud to be one of the few residency programs in the country to offer FLACS certification as part of residency training.

Academic Schedule

Academic Fridays: Every Friday afternoon is dedicated to academics with mandatory attendance by all residents except for the on-call team. Typically, there are three lectures given by attendings.

Conferences: Held every Tuesday or Wednesday morning, the residents attend didactic conferences with concentration each week on a specific sub-specialty. Case diagnosis, management, and treatment options are discussed. 

Grand Rounds: Held every Thursday afternoon in the 8th floor auditorium, these include presentations by attendings, researchers, and guest presenters.  

Resident Educational Symposia: Once a month residents, attendings, and members of the Charleston ophthalmology community come together for a fun night of dining and education. Typically three articles are presented by residents for a Socratic discussion in a social atmosphere.