Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

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Please note that ophthalmology fellowships are not ACGME approved fellowships, unlike our residency program. Cornea, Glaucoma, Moran International, Neuro-Ophthalmology and Retina Fellowships are post residency faculty appointed (visiting instructors) credentialed positions. Residencies must have been completed in the United States. Since a major portion of our fellowship training occurs at the Veteran's Administrative Medical Center which is federally funded, we can only hire U.S. citizens for these paid positions.

If you are interested in observational-only fellowships for foreign graduates, please contact Emily Olsen in our International Division at emily.olsen@hsc.utah.edu or 801-213-4132.

Cornea/Refractive Surgery Fellowship Program

The major emphasis for this fellowship is on the medical and surgical treatment of cornea and external diseases, as well as extensive experience in LASIK and other refractive surgery. The fellow works closely with Mark D. Mifflin, M.D., Fellowship Program Director and Amy Lin, MD. A significant number of anterior surgical cases are performed.

Glaucoma Fellowship Program

This fellowship provides a very busy clinical exposure to all aspects of glaucoma with a heavy emphasis on surgical treatment. A large number of glaucoma procedures as well as phacoemulsification will be part of this surgical experience. The fellow will work closely with Alan S. Crandall, M.D., Professor; Norm A. Zabriskie, M.D., Associate Professor; and Craig Chaya, M.D., Assistant Professor. Teaching responsibilities as well as clinical research are part of this fellowship.

Moran International Fellowship Program

Thank you for your interest in the newly developed Moran International fellowship. Please note this is a 2nd year fellowship, meaning a prior year in a United States program in Cornea, Glaucoma, or Retina fellowship training must proceed this fellowship. The fellow will spend approximately six to eight months of the twelve-month fellowship working in the developing world teaching clinical and surgical aspects of ophthalmology. The balance will be spent at the Moran Eye Center. The fellow will have the opportunity to work overseas in a variety of countries and settings. Past fellowship experiences have included periods in Nepal, Haiti, Ghana, and India. Future opportunities may include these or other countries such as Kenya, Malaysia, Vietnam, or Ethiopia. Networking with overseas organizations including Himalayan Cataract Project, ORBIS, Tissue Bank International, and other international eye banks is strongly encouraged. The goal of this fellowship will be to encourage independence and ability to work in different contexts as well as to build a global network with key individuals in foreign governments, NGOs, hospitals, and service organizations. Clinical and surgical practice during these periods will have a large degree of independence.

As with all of ophthalmology fellowships, the Moran International Fellowship is NOT a PGY5 ACGME accredited fellowship position as is our residency program. We hire fellows as limited term faculty appointed physicians who must be credentialed at our affiliated hospitals, therefore, only United States citizens who have completed USMLE exams in the United States and/or completed their residency training in the U.S. are eligible. Due to our affiliation with the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, we can only hire US citizens.

If you are interested in observational-only fellowships for foreign graduates, please contact Emily Olsen in our Global Outreach Division at emily.olsen@utah.edu or 801-213-3444.

Neuro-Ophthalmology Fellowship Program

This program provides a very busy clinical exposure to all aspects of Neuro-Ophthalmology with an emphasis on diagnosis and treatment of neuro-ophthalmic disorders. The fellow will also be expected to participate in clinically related research as well as have teaching responsibilities. The fellow works with Kathleen Digre, M.D., Professor; Judith Warner, M.D., Professor; Bradley Katz, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor and Alison Crum, M.D., Assistant Professor.

Retina Fellowship Program

This two-year retina fellowship offers the chance to work with five full-time retina faculty:  Paul Bernstein, M.D., Ph.D. Professor; Michael Teske, M.D. Associate Professor; Mary Elizabeth Hartnett, M.D. Professor; Rachel Jacoby, M.D. Associate Professor; Akbar Shakoor, M.D. and Albert Vitale, M.D., Professor. They will provide extensive hands-on training in adult and pediatric vitreo-retinal surgery, medical retina, and posterior uveitis at three busy teaching hospitals (Moran Eye Center, Salt Lake City Veterans Affairs Medical Center, and Primary Children’s Medical Center).

For more information, please contact the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences Academic Office at 801.585.6701.

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