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Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)

Walter Reed National Military Medical Center (WRNMMC)

- Bethesda, MD

Branch of service:
- Traditionally 3 Army spots.  Now has a permanent 4th spot which is offered to Navy, but there may be opportunities some years to have a USAF or a 4th Army resident instead

Number of residents per year in each branch:
- 3 Army
- 1 Navy


Contact Info:
- Program Director: Lt. Col Marcus Colyer, 301-295-1339, marcus.h.colyer.mil@mail.mil
- Program Director: LTC Marcus Colyer
- Assistant Director: LCDR Ben Ableman
- Assistant Director: MAJ Samantha Rodgers

Highlights or unique factors:
- See brochure: WRNMMC Residency Brochure
- National Capital Consortium offers incredible opportunities with other area institutions: GW, WHC, NIH, CNMC. Gives you opportunities to interact with other residents and present at large combined grand rounds
- Lancaster course: 7 week ophthalmology review course in Maine taught by many of the top experts in their field
- Humanitarian opportunities: residents have spent time on the USNS Comfort
- Host the Ocular Trauma course
- Opportunity for Navy residents to attend 2 week advanced medical department officers course to prepare for promotion and future leadership assignments

Other relevant info:
- See brochure for call info and faculty.

Local Info:
- Location: downtown Washington, DC, Alexandria, Bethesda, Georgetown, Annapolis
- Great Falls park, hiking, skiing, fishing, ocean, Virginia scenic wine country all within a short drive

Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC)

Madigan Army Medical Center (MAMC)

- Joint Base Lewis McCord, Tacoma, WA

Branch of service:
- Army

Number of residents per year in each branch:
- 2 Army


Contact Info:
- PD: MAJ Erin Seefeldt, erin.s.seefeldt.mil@mail.mil
- APD: LTC Patrick Munson, Patrick.d.munson.mil@mail.mil
- Coordinator: Sue Marshall. Rhonda.sue.marshall2.civ@mail.mil

Highlights or unique features:
- See brochure and website for more detailed information!
- 4th year Humanitarian mission opportunity
- Performance enhancement program
- Small and individualized
- Great CME and conference opportunities in Seattle

Other relevant info:
- Home Call for Madigan, all sub specialists are represented.
- Faculty in all the sub specialties
- Refractive surgery center in the hospital and simulation in the resident area
- Madigan receives trauma from the South Sound Area
- One month in San Antonio for a trauma experience.
- The Pacific Northwest is a great area if you are active and love the outdoors. City life is 15 min. away in Tacoma and 45 to Seattle. About 2 hours to Portland. There is great skiing, hiking and water sports.  Post has a lake and biking trails.

Navy Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)

Navy Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD)

- Naval Medical Center San Diego (NMCSD), San Diego, CA

Branch of service:
- Navy

Number of residents per year in each branch:
- Typically there are 3 Navy residents per year.  In the past there has been as few as 2, depending on the year and the needs of the Navy.


Contact info:
- Lynne Fedder
Residency Program Administrator
Ophthalmology Department
Office: 619-532-5782
Fax: 619-532-7272

Name and rank of the program director and assistant program directors: 
- CDR Todd Mondzelewski, Program Director
- CAPT Sayjal Patel, Assistant Program Director

Highlights or unique features:
- NMCSD's curriculum includes a 1 month rotation at Stanford University for the Bay Area Ophthalmology Course at the end of PGY-2.
- PGY-3 offers rotations at:
    - UCSD Shiley Eye Center for Neuro-ophthalmology
    - San Diego VA Hospital for glaucoma
    - Ocular trauma course at Walter Reed
- PGY-4 rotations include Navy Refractive Surgery Center, Loma Linda University for trauma.
- Possible opportunities on a case-by-case basis are humanitarian missions in Guatemala or aboard the USS Mercy. Any of these may change in the future pending funding but have held steady on these rotations for many years.

Other relevant info:
- NMCSD offers the full range of ophthalmic specialties with exposure/rotations through each.
- Resident call is only at one location, NMCSD, except when rotating at Loma Linda University.
- It’s San Diego!

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)

San Antonio Military Medical Center (SAMMC)

- San Antonio, TX

Name of the training program:
- San Antonio Uniformed Services Health Education Consortium

Training hospitals:
- Wilford Hall Ambulatory Surgery Center, Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, TX
- San Antonio Military Medical Center, Ft Sam Houston, San Antonio TX

Branch of Service:
- Combined Air Force and Army program

Number of residents per year:
- Air Force: 4 or 5 residents per year
- Army: 2 residents per year

Program website:

Contact info:
- Program Director: CDR Walter A. Steigleman, MD, US Navy. Phone: (210) 292-6573. Fax: (210) 292-4796
- Assistant Program Director: Maj Brett Davies, MD, US Air Force
- Program Coordinator: Debbie Silva. Phone: (210) 292-6573. Fax: (210) 292-4796
- Mailing Address:
SAUSHEC Ophthalmology Residency
Attn: Program Coordinator
59SSS/MCST Ophthalmology
2200 Bergquist Drive Suite 1
Lackland AFB, TX 78236

Program highlights:
- Early surgical training that begins in the first year of residency
- Active involvement with refractive surgery center
- Busy Level 1 Trauma Center and state-of-the-art burn ward result in outstanding trauma and surgical training
- Ocular surgery simulation lab available 24-7
- First-year residents attend the one-month Houston Basic Sciences Course in Houston, TX
- Third-year residents attend the Ocular Trauma Course in Washington, DC, which includes hands-on surgical training
- Complete panel of subspecialists on faculty, including cornea, glaucoma, retina, neuro-ophthalmology, pediatric ophthalmology, ocular pathology, and oculoplastic surgery
- Joint training and weekly Grand Rounds with the ophthalmology department at the University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio (UTHSCA)
- Strong research and academic foundation, including morning lectures, annual research event (Alamo Day) for all residents, and senior resident attendance at the American Academy of Ophthalmology meeting
- Many residents do a Transitional Year Internship at San Antonio and follow a curriculum designed specifically for ophthalmologists, including rotations in neuro-radiology, neurology, ENT, neurosurgery, electives such as dermatology or anesthesia, and other specialties related to ophthalmology
- Call coverage of one hospital at a time (do not have to drive back and forth between hospitals)
- Both teaching hospitals in excellent locations, each a 15 minute drive from the fun of the Riverwalk at downtown San Antonio

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