Rotation Sites

The Howard University Hospital Department of Ophthalmology has clinical affiliations locally with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Prevention of Blindness Society, Metropolitan Pediatric Ophthalmology and Holy Cross Hospital. Additionally, residents participate in patient care at the Orlando VA Hospital (Orlando, FL). These affiliations offer our residents exposure to a wide range of pathology in a varied population with a robust surgical experience.

Howard University Hospital (HUH)

General ophthalmic and sub-subspecialty clinics in glaucoma, oculoplastics, pediatrics, and retinal diseases are held on a weekly basis. Neuro-ophthalmology and cornea-external disease clinics are held on a bi-monthly basis. This rotation affords the residents a unique and varied patient population and surgical experience in multiple sub-specialty areas.

Each resident is assigned a fully equipped examination room (lane) and lenses and has access to a wet lab directly in the clinic. A fully-equipped diagnostic center houses an array of ophthalmic instruments for ancillary testing and a separate laser suite and minor procedure room allow for additional procedural based experiences.

DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC)

The VAMC rotation was created to enhance the second year resident (PGY-3) clinical and surgical experience.  This rotation affords the residents a unique and varied patient population and surgical experience in multiple sub-specialty areas.  The rotation offers the second year residents their first major intraocular surgical experience.

Each resident is assigned a fully equipped examination room (lane).  The clinic is also equipped with a range of ancillary and procedural equipment, including Humphrey and Goldman visual field perimeters, fundus photography (including angiography), ultrasonography, optical coherence tomography, corneal topography, laser photocoagulation, and minor surgery.  Residents also have access to an EyeSi Surgical Simulator here. The residents from the three institutions utilizing VAMC have traditionally had a cordial relationship and continue to do so.

Orlando Veterans Affairs Hospital (Orlando VA)

The Orlando Veterans Administrative Medical Center rotation was created to enhance the PGY-3 and PGY-4 resident clinical and surgical experience.  This rotation affords the residents their primary experience in diagnosis and management of uveitis, as well as the largest component of their cataract surgical experience senior year.

Each resident is assigned a fully equipped examination room (lane).  The clinic is also equipped with a range of ancillary and procedural equipment, including Humphrey visual field perimeters, wide-field fundus photography (including angiography), optical coherence tomography, corneal topography, ultrasonography, laser photocoagulation, electrophysiology and minor surgery.  Residents also have access to an EyeSi Surgical Simulator here.

Prevention of Blindness Society (PBS)

The Prevention of Blindness Society is the leading organization providing low vision services in the DC metropolitan area. Residents rotate at their recently renovated Low Vision Center downtown where they work with low vision specialists to diagnosis and manage patients and garner exposure to an array of special tools for this patient population.

Metropolitan Pediatric Ophthalmology

At this site residents see pediatric and adult strabismus patients with Dr. Janine Smith-Marshall. Residents participate in the diagnosis and management of a range of diseases in this population, including pre- and post-operative management. This is the resident’s primary exposure to a private practice ophthalmology clinic.

Holy Cross Hospital

This is the site for residents to participate in the pediatric and strabismus surgeries generated by Dr. Smith-Marshall’s clinic at Metropolitan Pediatric Ophthalmology. Surgeries here occur once a month and include single or multiple eye muscle surgeries and tear drainage procedures.