The Department of Ophthalmology is very proud of our training programs at the Medical University of South Carolina as our residents, fellows, faculty, and staff are among the finest in the world. Our residency and fellowship offers the best of everything in an ophthalmic education, including a clinical and surgical learning environment that consistently builds skill and confidence. Our programs also emphasize outstanding patient care, professionalism, interpersonal skills, and community service, all of which shape us into highly effective and ethical ophthalmologists. Our faculty is strongly committed to education and a high degree of respect, and the rapport between our residents, fellows, and attendings fosters close mentorships that further our commitment to clinical and academic excellence. Cooperation, work ethic, and collegial friendships among our residents and fellows are equally impressive. The department believes that our ophthalmology training programs rank among the top in the world.
Our three-year ophthalmology residency program is designed to prepare residents with the knowledge and skills for a lifetime of self-education. Residents see patients while developing strong surgical techniques and pursuing research interests. Clinical and research faculty strive to ensure that residents reach their full potential as ophthalmologists.
All residents receive a wealth of experience beyond the standard rotation. We have resident-run community clinics where underserved patients receive free eye diagnoses and treatment; a resident-developed lecture series and hands-on training curricula that cross department lines to reach other residents and medical students; individual training sessions on state-of-the-art Alcon and Bausch & Lomb platforms; certification on the Catalys Laser system; annual PHACO surgical courses; an advanced rotation at our local Veteran’s Affairs hospital; and the opportunity to contribute to leading edge research projects by working side-by-side with renowned researchers during their three years with us.
All residents are given the opportunity to present at the annual Kiawah Eye Conference, held at Kiawah Island Golf Resort. It is an exciting and unique opportunity to be a part of one of the most extensive and instructive educational conferences in the field of ophthalmology. Distinguished faculty and dynamic researchers come together to exchange ideas in a relaxed atmosphere that’s perfect for networking.
Every resident comes to us with a diverse background, and as educators, it is our responsibility to help them develop their strengths and achieve medical excellence in their clinics, surgical suites, and practices both today and in the future.
After matching for ophthalmology residency at Storm Eye, there are three options for the PGY1 Intern/Resident.
The first year of residency at Storm Eye Institute is an exciting year divided into four rotations of three months each.
As ophthalmology is a surgical subspecialty, the second year of residency begins the surgical experience.
The PGY4 year concentrates on perfecting surgical skills.
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 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.
The MUSC Storm Eye Institute is a leader in vision research. Our outstanding scientists and clinicians utilize the most advanced technologies and methods. They work with our patients as we study new medications to treat glaucoma, the use of corneal transplants, laser vision correction surgery, and a host of other areas. Many of our treatment methods are now standard protocol at eye centers across the country and around the world. Our doctors continually adapt these new research advances to ensure the best possible care of our patients. Ultimately, our patients benefit from a picture-perfect view of the world, while we are changing what’s possible.
Our graduates go on to practices and fellowships all over the country. Over the past ten years, 100 percent of graduates have gone into practice or completed fellowship training. Fellowships include the University of Michigan, University of San Francisco, UC-San Diego, Wilmer Institute, Tufts University, St. Louis-Washington University, Wake Forest, Krieger Eye Institute, Indiana University, University of Cincinnati, Bascom-Palmer, Medical University of South Carolina, University of Virginia, Wills Eye Institute, Vanderbilt University, and the Army
Our graduates are well prepared to become board-certified ophthalmologists. Over the past ten years, 95 percent of graduates passed both the oral and written examinations on the first attempt.
PGY3 Residents at the MUSC Storm Eye Institute have a unique opportunity to learn ophthalmic surgical techniques while bringing eye care to underserved communities in Belize. The International Rotation Elective was created by a group of residents and Dr. Millicent Peterseim in 2016 to provide care to those in need in Central America. This international opportunity is instrumental in the education of residents so that at the completion of their training they will become leaders in medicine and in our "global village."
The MUSC Storm Eye Institute supports a variety of community service initiatives aimed at providing eye care services to the underserved populations of the Lowcountry.
The Storm SIGHT Free Clinic program was created by a group of residents and medical students in the Fall of 2004 to provide care to those in need. Over 250 patients are cared for each year providing a comprehensive dilated eye exam. Volunteers generously support our cause, donating thousands of hours of community service each year. We would like to express our gratitude to the patients, volunteers, and contributors for their tremendous support. Storm SIGHT Free Clinics have been instrumental in the education of residents and medical students so that at the completion of their training they will become leaders in medicine and in their communities.