The goal of orientation is to introduce first year residents to ophthalmology and to help them develop a broad fund of knowledge in this specialty.

Orientation includes three days of general orientation through the VUMC Graduate Medical Education orientation (please see VUMC GME website for more details) and two weeks of Ophthalmology specific lectures, hands-on workshops, electronic medical record training, and tours of facilities. Examples of topics and workshops are listed below.  


  • Eye Anatomy
  • Slit Lamp Practical Session
  • Intro to Wet Lab
  • POAG/Tonometry and Glaucoma Practical Session 
  • Ophthalmic History & 8-Point Exam
  • Common Calls
  • Refraction
  • Intro to Retinal Exam and Practical Session
  • Visual Fields
  • Clinical Neuro Exam Practical Session
  • Sleep Deprivation
  • Hyphema
  • Stress in Residency
  • Resident Research
  • Periocular Trauma and External/Plastics Exam Practical
  • Refraction Practical Session
  • Ocular Burns
  • Ocular Emergencies
  • Coding
  • Pupil Exam
  • Oculoplatics Suture Lab
  • Visual Acuity and Lensometry
  • Contact Lens Fitting Workshop
  • Pediatric Consults
  • B-Scan & OCT
  • Differential of the Red Eye

Mini Rotations

Following the two weeks of ophthalmology orientation each first year resident will be assigned to a clinical mini-rotation.  This one week rotation  is designed to introduce them to the basic skills needed in an ophthalmology practice. For example, history-taking and formulating a differential diagnosis, ophthalmic examination, refraction, slit lamp biomicroscopy, and indirect ophthalmoscopy.  At the end of the mini-rotation, the residents will start their first full 10 week rotation.