As a Baylor PGY2 Ophthalmology resident, you spend two dedicated months at the Houston VA eye clinic, which is one of the pillars of your training. On Monday mornings, you start your day in the OR, observing cataract surgeries and even getting to perform many of the key steps. This experience is a fundamental part of the surgical curriculum of a PGY2 resident that culminates in getting to perform your own primary cataract surgeries in your first year! After the ORs, you proceed to the clinic to join the other residents in seeing patients. The Houston VA is a massive referral center for many of the surrounding small towns so you never know what pathology will walk through the door. A patient with complete vision loss in one eye may simply have a dense cataract or a large choroidal melanoma that they are only now noticing. Working with veterans affords you the opportunity to work with a unique, fun, and extremely grateful patient population. In clinic, there is also no shortage of procedures during the day, including B-scan ultrasounds, YAG capsulotomies, other lasers, and intravitreal injections. The eye clinic is extremely busy and so your clinical skills and efficiency quickly improve. However, if you’re ever too busy, everyone at the VA acts as a team and is willing to lend a hand. The attendings are always available and willing to teach, whether it’s about a follow-up open angle glaucoma patient or a rare retinal disorder. The day ends when all the patients are seen. The residents look out for one another and all stay to ensure that no one is left behind working. In summary, the VA rotation is incredibly rewarding rotation unlike any other.
In addition to our VA experience, we have rotations at Ben Taub County hospital, the Texas Children’s Hospital, and private clinics at Alkek Eye Center. We have early experience in Oculoplastics and Neurophthalmology so that we are ready to decide whether we want to pursue these early match fellowships. We also build a foundation for procedures and surgeries, generally finishing our 1Y year with >10 primary strabismus cases and 4-8 primary cataract cases. We take primary call for Ben Taub County Hospital, the Houston VA, and Methodist Hospital.