Our joint internship program is in it 3rd year with rotations in our highly ranked Department of Internal Medicine. The PGY-1 year is structured to provide interns with a strong foundation in medicine while affording them four months of dedicated time on ophthalmology rotations.  Interns split their training between Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the John Cochran Veterans Affairs Medical Center, allowing them to become comfortable working at both institutions for the remainder of their training in ophthalmology. 

On the ophthalmology blocks, interns are introduced to subspecialty clinics, inpatient consults and ophthalmic surgery.  These rotations provide a low-stress and supportive environment to acquire basic examination and procedural skills while being exposed to the triage workflow for common eye problems.  

Interns also spend time in our state-of-the art wet lab with dedicated faculty-led sessions and have access to our Eyesi intraocular surgical simulator.  This year is an incredible opportunity for the interns to join our department and our family from day one of residency.  

Additionally, interns are provided their own lenses and loupes courtesy of the department. 

The ophthalmology intern schedule includes the following:  

  • 10 weeks          BJH Ophthalmology Consults (UES) 
  • 12 weeks          BJH Inpatient Medicine 
  • 4 weeks            Medicine Night Float (VA and BJH) 
  • 6 weeks            VA Ophthalmology 
  • 4 weeks            VA Rheumatology / Ophthalmology (split rotation) 
  • 4 weeks            VA Endocrinology / Ophthalmology (split rotation) 
  • 4 weeks            VA Inpatient Medicine 
  • 4 weeks            VA ICU 
  • 3 weeks            Vacation 
  • 1 week              Reading Week