Joseph H. Wyatt Ophthalmology Residency

Description of Residency Program

The Joseph H. Wyatt ophthalmology residency training program of the St. John Providence Health System (Wyatt Eye) was established in Detroit, MI by Dr. Joseph H. Wyatt over 50 years ago.  Wyatt Eye is dedicated to producing exceptional ophthalmologists with a passion for outstanding patient care. Over the course of program training, residents learn to integrate medical knowledge and surgical experience while utilizing all of the resources the Detroit area has to offer.

The program requires completion of a PGY-1 year rotating internship at St. John Oakland Hospital (Madison Heights, MI) prior to the start of the 3 year residency training program.  The internship provides the resident with a strong foundation in general medicine with rotations in medicine, neurology, radiology, and general surgery.  It also provides the opportunity for electives such as rheumatology, infectious disease and others.  The internship year concludes with a 2 month rotation on the ophthalmology service.

The first year ophthalmology residents spend the majority of their year receiving one on one instruction in office with our ophthalmology faculty.  During this time, residents focus on medical ophthalmology, anatomy, and the ophthalmic exam.  They also begin performing surgery commensurate with their surgical skills.  In February of their first year, residents are financed to attend the Basic Science Course in Ophthalmology held at the University of Texas-Houston Medical School in Houston, TX.

During their second year, residents complete sub-specialty rotations with Michigan’s experts in retina, glaucoma, cornea, oculoplastics and neuro-ophthalmology.  The resident gains an appreciation for the subtleties of each sub-specialty while refining their diagnostic and examination skills.

At the core of our program is the Patrick Murray Eye Center, a well-established, high volume resident clinic in Detroit, MI.  At our clinic, the residents assume full responsibility for all aspects of patient care including diagnosis, medical and surgical management under the supervision of our Board Certified ophthalmology faculty. Residents gain experience with a variety of office procedures such as intraocular injections and lasers for glaucoma and retinal diseases.  Our clinic is also equipped with state of the art SLT laser, Cirrus OCT, visual field machine and a new fundus camera. The third year residents draw their surgeries from clinic and play a large role in educating junior residents and medical students.  This unique environment gives residents the confidence and experience necessary to smoothly transition into a comprehensive ophthalmology practice upon graduation.  Residents who are interested in sub-specializing are encouraged to pursue post-graduate fellowship training programs.  Our residents have been accepted to fellowships at prestigious training institutions including Glaucoma at the New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Neuro-ophthalmology at Wills Eye and both Medical & Surgical Retina at Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary at Harvard.

The Wyatt Eye residents have the luxury of taking advantage of all the educational opportunities the Detroit location has to offer.  Our residents regularly attend weekly didactics at the Detroit Medical Center and guest lecture series at the William Beaumont Hospital.  Additionally, the residents participate in monthly conferences with the Consortium of Osteopathic Residents in Ophthalmology (CORO) at Michigan State University and quarterly conferences at the University of Michigan.  Within our program, we conduct monthly journal clubs and our own didactics in which we study the AAO Basic Science books in detail.  Our training is also enhanced with wet labs and access to the new Eyesi ophthalmology surgical simulator.  Lastly, we are actively engaged in various types of research projects year round and routinely participate in community service opportunities.

The Joseph H. Wyatt ophthalmology residency program has a long tradition of training quality osteopathic physicians who provide compassionate care to patients in need.  We value integrity, professionalism and pursuit of life-long learning.  Over the past 50 years, Wyatt Eye has refined a program for building confident and competent physicians and we look for students with an insatiable curiosity for learning and a drive to deliver outstanding patient care.

Contact info

Michael Rubin, D.O. (Program Director)
Sidney Simonian, D.O. (Site Director)
27351 Dequindre Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071-3499
Fax: 248-547-5407
Residency program email: wyatteye@gmail.com

To personally contact Dr. M. Rubin: michaelrubin@comcast.net
To personally contact Dr. Simonian: sksimonian@comcast.net

Medical Education Student Coordinator:
Melissa Maule
Melissa.Maule@stjohn.org
27351 Dequindre Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071-3499
Phone: 248-967-7795
Fax: 248-967-7794

Residency Program Coordinator:
Nicole Abdilla
Nicole.Abdilla@stjohn.org
27351 Dequindre Road
Madison Heights, MI 48071-3499
248.967.7425 direct
248.967.7794 fax

Information on how to apply

The Wyatt Eye Residency participates in the Osteopathic ERAS match.  Please submit your application through the ERAS system as we cannot accept applications sent directly to the hospital.

Please contact our medical education staff for rotation availability and further questions.

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