• Nov072022

    Our PGY-4 Ophthalmology residents each spend part of their senior year in a rotation at Madigan Army Medical Center at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, where they have the opportunity to work with Drs. Patrick Munson and Joshua Roe.  Residents perform refractive surgery for active-duty service members during their time there with cutting-edge laser technology.

    In exchange for our residents having the opportunity to work at Madigan, two Madigan residents each spend a month at UW for an ophthalmology trauma rotation.  During the four-week rotation, the Madigan resident takes senior call at Harborview, where they can supervise the junior ophthalmology residents and participate in surgical emergencies, including ruptured globe operations.

    Dr. Philina Yee, MD (PGY4), did her rotation at Madigan in August 2022.

    “It was great learning how to use the femtosecond laser. I had never seen LASIK or PRK done before this rotation,” Yee said. “I loved my experience there, working with the population there of mostly younger people on active-duty service. We get to see the work at Madigan and appreciate those serving in the military and their families.”

    Dr. Yee grew up in the Seattle area. After graduating from Cornell University with a BS in Neurobiology and Behavior and a minor in Global Health, she worked at the National Institutes of Health researching signal transduction in sensory neurons. She attended Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, where her interest in ophthalmology blossomed. Dr. Yee was happy to return home to Seattle, where her family still resides, including her younger brother, a UW resident in internal medicine at Virginia Mason Medical Center.

    Yee said her residency at UW Ophthalmology has been transformational.

    “I think I have changed more as a person than any other time in my life during residency,” she said. “I have been involved in many complex cases and gained great experience; these four years have gone by so fast.”

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