My decision to leave a busy surgical practice in Florida and join the faculty at Vanderbilt Eye Institute (VEI) in 2005 was primarily based on the opportunity to teach one of the things I love most, ophthalmology. The other attractive features were: a chairman committed to education, faculty support in all areas of ophthalmology, Vanderbilt’s reputation, and exposure to a diverse population through the VA Nashville, VA Murfreesboro, Blanchfield Medical Center, and Vanderbilt Eye Institute.
As Residency Director I am involved in the clinical and surgical training of all our residents. However, the most exciting part of my job is introducing the first year residents to cataract surgery through a structured task building surgical curriculum. What makes this experience unique is that the first year residents work with me one-on-one in the microsurgical skills lab (MSL) one day per week. Two days later that resident has the opportunity to work in the operating room performing those tasks they mastered in the MSL. It is very rewarding to witness the development and growth of their skills from their wet lab days in first year to their third year of residency.
In addition I serve as VEI’s Vice Chair for Education. In this role I oversee compliance with Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s education policies and more importantly work with VEI’s faculty, trainees, and leadership to develop excellence in all our educational programs.
Laura Wayman, M.D.
Director for Resident Education
Vice Chair for Education
Vanderbilt Eye Institute