Department of Ophthalmology

The Ophthalmology Residency

Residency Program Director: Dr. Lane Ulrich
lulrich at augusta dot edu
Assistant Program Director: Dr. Stephanie Goei
sgoei at augusta dot edu
Length of program:36 months
Residents per year:3
Vacancies as of Nov/22/2017None
Coordinator:Ms. Audrey Forbes
email:aforbes at augusta dot edu
1120 15th Street, BA-2721
Department of Ophthalmology
Medical College of Georgia
Augusta, GA 30912
» Resident camaraderie
» Good learning environment
» Attending involvement in teaching
» Quality surgical training
» Quality & diversity of medical training
» Competitive cost of living
Res & Grad Stats:
» About 55% do fellowships
» About 25% enter academics
» Full ACGME accreditation

Thank you for your interest in our department. It is our aim to present through these pages a description of our residency program. We are a midsized, closely connected department in downtown Augusta, Georgia. Our educational mission is to prepare the resident physician with a broad scope of medical and surgical experiences that will prepare them to immediately enter private practice or embark upon fellowship training.

We have two main sites where the educational mission is carried out. The first is the main Medical College of Georgia (MCG) department and the second is the downtown division of the Augusta Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC). These two facilities have a connector between them for easy interaction between the two campuses. While the greatest time will be spent in these locations there is a private practice site on Washington Road where some of the pediatrics and LASIK experience is gained. This facility is about 15 minutes from the main campus. In addition there is are some clinical and surgical days at the Augusta State Medical Prison (ASMP) in Grovetown, Georgia. This facility is 20-25 minutes from the main campus. Through these 4 locations a broad range of medical and surgical experience can be obtained.

Each of the 3 years are divided into 4 month blocks providing training in the various subspecialties. At the end of each rotation evaluations of the resident's performance are done and the results reviewed with each resident by the program director or assistant program director. In the spring of each year all residents participate in the Ophthalmology Knowledge Assessment Program (OKAP) in-training examination. An award is given to the highest scoring resident in the first two years of training, and all residents scoring above the 65th percentile get a small stipend toward the purchase of books or eye equipment.

The educational program includes a number formats. Grand rounds occurs on most Monday mornings and attendance is required for all faculty and residents. The presentations are resident or medical student driven with occasional guest or faculty speakers. A schedule is drawn up with 2 resident or medical student presentations on any given morning. They are responsible for identifying patients in the on-call clinics, continuity clinics or from their rotations, speaking with the associated faculty member and then presenting their case. On the first Monday of each month ethics and M&M conference share the time. Morning lectures are given by faculty members from Tuesday through Friday. In general there are no weekend lectures. There are usually 2 invited lecturers to our annual Resident-Alumni Meeting. Six to 8 times per year relevant journal articles will be presented by the residents in journal club meetings. There is a micro-surgical skills lab and beginning each year in April a formal teaching course occurs taught by the faculty and senior residents to teach the first year residents skills in operating under a microscope. The 172,000 square foot J. Harold Harrison, M.D. Education Commons building is being constructed with scheduled opening in Fall of 2014. We will have EyeSi Surgical Simulator as part of that space. The first years ar required to attend our wetlab sessions and there are certain required benchmarks for them to meet. Similar benchmarks are expected to be put into place with the surgical simulator.