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Pre-Residency Fellowship Programs, Nontraditional

West Coast Region

University of Utah Health, John A. Moran Eye Center

Ophthalmic Pathology/Research Fellowship

The fellow will work under Dr. Nick Mamalis and Dr. Liliana Werner. The fellow will learn the basics of both the gross and microscopic evaluation of ophthalmic histopathology specimens submitted to the laboratory.

In addition, the fellowship involves both basic and clinical ophthalmic research. Fellows are involved in multiple projects involving cataract surgery, intraocular lenses, and anterior segment surgery in general. Research projects are performed using cadaver eyes as well as animal eyes.

Clinical research opportunities involve various clinical studies in areas as diverse as cataract surgery adjunct treatments, intraocular lenses, dry eyes, and ocular inflammation. In addition, the fellows are involved in ongoing research projects regarding complications of foldable intraocular lenses.

Applicants should either have an MD or DO degree. In addition to your resume, which you may have already forwarded, please send the following: a personal statement, three letters of reference, US-MLE steps 1, 2, or 3 scores, and any ECFMG certificates if applicable. If it is more convenient, you may simply forward your central application match packet or send your SF Match ID if you applied to the Moran ophthalmology residency program previously.

This fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in ophthalmology as well as to obtain publications, which would help to prepare for an ophthalmology residency program. The basic stipend is approximately $40,000 per year.

Deadline for Applications: Feb. 9, 2024.

Contact

Diane Lund, Executive Assistant
Diane.lund@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-581-6586
Fax: 801-581-3357

Nick Mamalis, MD
nick.mamalis@hsc.utah.edu

Liliana Werner, MD, PhD
liliana.werner@hsc.utah.edu

Glaucoma Research Fellowship

The fellow will work closely with the Moran Glaucoma Division, whose members have a wealth of experience with clinical trials, investigator-initiated projects, retrospective reviews, health services research, basic science work, and publications. He/she will learn the nuances of glaucoma research, including literature review, design, IRB approval, recruitment, chart reviews, biostatistics, database management, manuscript preparation, and delivering presentations at national/international meetings. Fellows will be involved in multiple projects involving glaucoma and anterior segment surgery. These research projects will involve human/animal subjects along with experience in analyzing large data sets like Medicare claims data, Utah Population Database, and Epic/iCentra/CPRS EMRs.  

Applicants should either have an MD or DO degree. In addition to your resume, which you may have already forwarded, please send the following: a personal statement, three letters of reference, US-MLE steps 1, 2, or 3 scores, and any ECFMG certificates if applicable. If it is more convenient, you may simply forward your central application match packet.

This glaucoma fellowship is a wonderful opportunity to gain valuable knowledge in ophthalmology along with ample opportunities for publications and presentations at national/international meetings. The basic stipend is approximately $30,000 per year, depending on experience.

Contact

Michelle Seegmiller – Executive Assistant to Norm Zabriskie, MD
Email: m.seegmiller@hsc.utah.edu
Phone: 801-585-3071
Fax: 801-581-3357

Program Medical Director & Selection CommitteeNorm Zabriskie, MDIke Ahmed, MDSusan Chortkoff, MDCraig Chaya, MDAustin Nakatsuka, MDBrian Stagg, MD, MSRachel Simpson, MDBarbara Wirostko, MD 

Smith Kettlewell Eye Research Institute

Low Vision and Eye Movements Pre-Residency Fellowship

The Smith-Kettlewell Fellowship Program in San Francisco consists of pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in basic, clinical, and rehabilitation research relating to the areas of interest of the Program Preceptors. The Fellowship Program consists of fellowships funded by an NEI Training Grant, the Rachel C. Atkinson endowment, and the C.V. Starr Scholarship Fund at Smith-Kettlewell.

Contact

fellowships@ski.org 

Midwest Region

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Ophthalmic Pathology/Imaging Pre-Residency Fellowship Program

Program Directors:  Drs. Heather Potter, Barb Blodi, and Amitha Domalpally

Description: The Ophthalmic Pathology/Imaging fellowship at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a one-year pre- residency fellowship. This fellowship position is a paid position and will be at the Research Specialist level. In this fellowship, 50% time will be spent in Ophthalmic Pathology and 50% time at the Wisconsin Reading Center (WRC). The responsibilities of the fellow are listed below for both units:

Ophthalmic Pathology Lab
The fellow reviews cases and prepares a draft path report in consultation with Dr. Heather Potter, director of the Ophthalmic Pathology lab. There are opportunities to participate in basic science research or histopathologic studies reviewing the substantial library of former cases seen in the laboratory. The fellow is also involved in several educational opportunities with the ophthalmology residents and medical students.

Wisconsin Reading Center
The fellow’s involvement at the WRC includes exposure to and training in the analysis of retinal images such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, ultra-wide field imaging, color photographs, auto-fluorescence images, and fluorescein angiograms. The fellowship will require call shifts during some nights and weekends. The fellow will be involved in multiple projects, including clinical trials and grants, to assess novel imaging outcomes for retinal diseases such as retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy, retinal dystrophies, and macular degeneration. There will be an opportunity to work with new and ongoing imaging research aimed towards conference presentations and publications.

Background: 
The UW Eye Pathology Lab evaluates specimens received, not only from ophthalmologists within the state of Wisconsin, but also from pathology laboratories across the United States. Given the many unique specimens seen by our service, there are ample opportunities for case reports and photo submissions.

The Wisconsin Reading Center (WRC), within the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, provides image evaluation services in support of clinical trials and epidemiologic studies of eye diseases. In partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the WRC has developed scientific methodologies for the analysis of ophthalmic images. The WRC participates in a number of clinical trials with a large dataset of standardized images of retinal diseases. Images are received from clinics all over the world with high-volume images evaluated every year.

Supervision: The fellow will be supervised by Jeong Pak, and mentored by Drs. Blodi and Domalpally, as well as co-medical directors, faculty, and senior research staff. Training may occur with WRC co-medical directors, faculty, and senior research staff.
 
Length of Fellowship: 1 year 
 
Number of Fellowships per year: 2
 
Start date: May or June
 
Application deadline: February 11, 2024
 
Clinical Research Required: Yes
 
Block Time Assigned to Research: Yes 

Questions? 

Contact: Apryl Conner
301 S. Westfield Road, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53717
Email: alconner@wisc.edu
 

Ophthalmic Imaging Pre-residency Fellowship Program

Director: Drs. Barb Blodi and Amitha Domalpally

Description: The Ophthalmic Imaging fellowship program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is a one-year pre-residency fellowship. This fellowship position is a paid position and will be at the Research Specialist level.

The fellow will spend 100% time at the WRC as part of a one-year position. The WRC fellowship includes exposure to and training in the analysis of retinal images such as optical coherence tomography (OCT), OCT angiography, ultra-wide field imaging, color photographs, auto-fluorescence images, and fluorescein angiograms. The fellowship will require call shifts during some nights and weekends. The researcher will be involved in multiple projects, including clinical trials and grants, assessing novel imaging outcomes for retinal diseases including retinal vein occlusion, diabetic retinopathy, retinal dystrophies, and macular degeneration. There will be an opportunity to work with new and ongoing imaging research aimed towards conference presentations and publications.

The fellow will be supervised by Jeong Pak, and mentored by Drs. Blodi and Domalpally, as well as co-medical directors, faculty, and senior research staff. Training may occur with WRC co-medical directors, faculty, and senior research staff.

Background: The WRC, within the Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, provides image evaluation services in support of clinical trials and epidemiologic studies of eye diseases. In partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the WRC has developed scientific methodologies for the analysis of ophthalmic images. The WRC participates in a number of clinical trials with a large dataset of standardized images of retinal diseases. Images are received from clinics all over the world with high-volume images evaluated every year.

Length of Fellowship: 1 year 
 
Number of Fellowships per year:  1
 
Start date: May or June
 
Application deadline: February 11, 2024
 
Clinical Research Required: Yes
 
Block Time Assigned to Research: Yes 
 
Questions? 

Contact: Apryl Conner
301 S. Westfield Road, Suite 200
Madison, WI 53717
Email: alconner@wisc.edu

Kresge Eye Institute

Quality Improvement Fellowship

The Quality Improvement Fellowship at Kresge Eye Institute in Detroit is a one-year, paid, pre-residency fellowship for MDs or DOs who intend to pursue a residency position in ophthalmology. The role of the QI Fellow is to create and execute new research projects and to assist residents, fellows, and medical students in preparing new projects. They will also work two days per week in the resident-run ophthalmology clinic, under the direct supervision of an attending physician, and attend all of the resident didactic lectures. Lastly, the QI Fellow will earn a Basic Certificate in Quality and Safety from the IHI, and will assist the KEI residents in creating and executing quality improvement projects throughout the year. 

Contact 

Deborah Chesney
Email: dchesney@med.wayne.edu

Southern Region

University of Miami, Bascom Palmer Eye Institute

Ophthalmic Pathology Fellowship

The Bascom Palmer Eye Institute offers a one-year funded fellowship in ophthalmic pathology. The fellow will evaluate all specimens that are received in the laboratory and will be expected to engage in new and going research projects. Graduates of accredited programs in ophthalmology or pathology, as well as pre-residency candidates, will be considered.

Please download our fellowship application online and return it to Isabel R. Perez with the required supporting documents.

Contact

Isabel R. Perez (Residency/Fellowship Program Coordinator)
P.O. Box 016880
Miami, FL 33101

Toll-Free: 800-329-7000 ext. 6391
Phone: 305-326-6391
Fax: 305-326-6580
Email: irperez@med.miami.edu

University of North Carolina

Ophthalmology Research Fellowship

This is a one-year research fellowship program with Dr. David Fleischman (glaucoma) and Dr. Alice Zhang (surgical retina) at UNC. The program offers an opportunity to participate in research at the institution and to meet and be part of a great team of ophthalmologists. This program has been in place for the past 7 years. The majority of students who came through were successful in securing an ophthalmology residency the very next year (10 out of 11) and four became UNC residents.

The research fellow will help take over projects that are ongoing and not yet completed by our current fellows. The year is aimed to begin in March/April 2022 until April 2023 (can be altered depending on your needs). Projects are mostly clinical, some requiring review of databases, others requiring recruitment and interaction with patients in the clinical setting. During your research year, you will also have the opportunity to shadow in the OR and in the clinic, and attend resident teaching and wet lab sessions.

Both supervisors are excited to mentor you towards the next step in your career. You will be given sufficient time off needed to attend all interviews. Please send an email to UNC_Ophtho@med.unc.edu with a few sentences outlining what you hope to gain out of this research year. If you applied to UNC through SF match, please specify your SF ID#, otherwise please forward your CAS application. The program will begin reviewing applications on a rolling basis until February 23, 2022.

University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center

Pre-Residency Glaucoma Research Fellowship

Systems genetics analysis aims to identify novel genes responsible for the development or progression of complex diseases, such as glaucoma, based on statistical correlations between gene expression and phenotypic variation.

The research fellow will learn the basis of systems genetics analysis and conduct in silico experiments using GeneNetwork, an online free-to-access genome database. The fellow will be responsible for all questions, experiments, figure design, and manuscript writing related to systems genetics. The fellow will also learn other basic science research skills, such as animal handling and dosing, paraffin embedding, sectioning, and immunohistochemical staining and imaging, and should be willing to help other lab members in these responsibilities from time to time. The fellow may also have the responsibility of teaching medical students about systems genetics and guiding them in their own summer research projects. Prior experience with biostatistics, coding in R, Adobe Photoshop, and Prism are helpful, but not required. The fellow will have the opportunity to present their research at the Hamilton Eye Institute Summer Research Symposium and at ARVO in the Spring, with support from the lab. 

Clinical opportunities include one half-day per week spent in the resident clinic examining and working up patients under the direct supervision of the residents as well as one half-day per week spent in the operating room with various clinical faculty, including the residency program director. The fellow will have the opportunity to give at least one Friday morning grand rounds presentation to the residents and faculty of the residency program. Volunteer opportunities with the Mid-South Lions Club are available and encouraged. An interview with the UTHSC residency program is not guaranteed, however the track record of matching research fellows to ophthalmology residency programs is very strong. 

The ideal candidate is individually motivated, hardworking, easy to work with, and capable of learning several new skills.

Funded: Yes  

Contact: Monica Jablonski, PhD (mjablon1@uthsc.edu)

How to Apply: Email Dr. Jablonski with your CV and/or SFMatch application. 

East Coast Region

Department of Ophthalmology, BronxCare Health System, Bronx, NY

Pre-Residency Clinical Fellowship

The BronxCare Health System, an academic affiliate of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, offers a one-year pre-residency clinical fellowship in the Department of Ophthalmology. Our intent is to offer highly motivated medical school graduates, clinical and educational experiences that will better enable them to achieve a successful career in ophthalmology.  

The fellow will rotate through the Consult Service as well as various subspecialty clinics working with ophthalmology residents and supervising attendings. Participation in the resident on-call schedule will be with the backup of the senior ophthalmology residents and supervising attendings. Involvement in departmental educational and clinical research activities is mandatory with the publication or presentation of the clinical research as our goal.

Applicants must have an MD or DO degree; and ECFMG certification if an international graduate. The position is full-time with salary and benefits. Employment is contingent upon the individual obtaining a New York State Limited Permit. NYS Medicine: Application Forms (nysed.gov)

To apply: please send a current curriculum vitae, medical school diploma, all USMLE steps scores, and ECFMG certification if applicable. 

Contact   

SherRon Williams
Residency Program Coordinator
718-960-1287
SWilli14@BronxCare.org

Zimei Zhou, MD PhD
Residency Program Director
ZZhou@BronxCare.org

Martin Mayers, MD
Chair, Department of Ophthalmology
718-960-2044
MMayers@BronxCare.org

 

Maine Eye Center

Pre-Residency Fellowship

The Maine Eye Center offers a Pre-Residency Clinical Fellowship under the direction of Dr. Lisa Neavyn and Dr. Brooke Miller. Fellow responsibilities include triaging urgent care patients, working in subspecialty clinics, and pre-rounding on inpatient ophthalmology consults at the hospital in addition to 24-hour calls one week per month. Research opportunities are self-directed with good support from attendings.

This is a one-year, paid clinical fellowship with benefits.

To apply: Please forward your CAS application, CV, medical school transcripts and three letters of recommendation to Fellowship@MaineEyeCenter.com.

For more information: www.maineeyecenter.com/education

University of Maryland School of Medicine

Clinical Research Fellow/Coordinator Position

The Department of Ophthalmology at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, offers a one-year funded Clinical Research Fellow/Coordinator position. This position involves direct interaction with all faculty members working on multiple research projects, although the focus is primarily in glaucoma and pediatric ophthalmology. A portion of the work involves patient recruitment and regulatory work, but the position allows a candidate to gain significant experience in research study design, statistical analysis, and writing.  

The research fellow is expected to contribute significantly to work that will result in multiple publications. Funding is available for presentation at national conferences and potentially for statistical coursework. This position may be appropriate for both pre-doctoral as well as post-doctoral candidates. The most recent fellow in this position just matched for ophthalmology at one of his top choices. 

To apply: contact Dr. Osamah Saeedi, Director of Clinical Research, directly at osaeedi@som.umaryland.edu.

Contact   

Osamah Saeedi, MD (Director of Clinical Research)
419 W. Redwood Street, Suite 470
Baltimore, MD 21201

Email: osaeedi@som.umaryland.edu

Tufts Medical Center/New England Eye Center/ New England Eye Center

OCT Research Fellowship

Since 2003, the New England Eye Center has offered a one-year fellowship to a medical student interested in pursuing OCT research, in collaboration with the laboratory of Dr. James Fujimoto at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The research involves the clinical application of innovative OCT technologies in patients at NEEC.

The student has the opportunity to design, initiate, and complete clinical studies on the utility of these devices in retinal diseases and glaucoma. A background in engineering or computer science is helpful but not required.

This is a one-year, full-time commitment starting in July and ending in June every year. A yearly stipend is offered.

To apply, send your CV to Dr. Waheed (nadiakwaheed@gmail.com) and cc Stephanie Dunn (sdunn@tuftsmedicalcenter.org) and Gabi Zsemlye (gzsemlye@tuftsmedicalcenter.org).    

Contact

Nadia K. Waheed, MD
800 Washington Street, #450
Boston, MA  02111
nwaheed@tuftsmedicalcenter.org

The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary

Pre-Residency Glaucoma Research Fellowship

This is a one-year research fellowship with Dr. Ritch. He is a world-renowned expert in glaucoma, and is especially known for his work with pseudo-exfoliation syndrome, normal-tension glaucoma, and pigment dispersion syndrome.  Responsibilities include recruiting patients and conducting the research projects, ranging from retrospective chart reviews to literature reviews and prospective imaging studies. There are also opportunities to teach junior medical students.

This position is a paid position that is open for both medical students and MDs. 

Contact

Robert Ritch, M.D.
ritchmd@glaucoma.net
  

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation, C. Stephen Foster, MD

Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Pre-Residency Research Fellowship

The Ocular Immunology and Uveitis Foundation (OIUF) offers a one-year, funded pre-residency fellowship in ocular immunology/uveitis at Massachusetts Eye Research and Surgery Institution in Waltham, MA, just outside of Boston. This program is directed by C. Stephen Foster, MD, a pioneer in the development of treatments for ocular inflammatory disease. Our other preceptors in the program are Stephen D. Anesi, MD, and Peter Y. Chang, MD, both of whom were trained by Dr. Foster.

We provide comprehensive training in the evaluation and management of patients with all forms of ocular inflammatory disease, both anterior and posterior segment, including uveitis. In addition to participating in daily clinics at our private outpatient practice, research fellows participate in active research projects based on personal interests, including participation in clinical trials, basic science in a fully equipped laboratory, and clinical topics, with ample opportunity to publish in recognized journals. Our program includes a strong didactic lecture series with invited experts across multiple disciplines. Additional learning opportunities are offered through monthly journal club and case conference meetings.

We encourage abstract submission to ARVO and provide funding for fellows to attend with abstract acceptance. Research fellows participate in one or more physician conferences, with nationally recognized faculty members, which we organize each year. In addition to our U.S.-trained research fellows, we welcome research fellows and observers from around the world. These individuals, who are typically highly-trained and skilled ophthalmologists, add to the experience of our research fellows by bringing diverse viewpoints for discussion.

We are conveniently located in close proximity to Boston while enjoying the many benefits of being just outside a major city (free parking, reduced cost of living, top-rated schools in neighboring towns, excellent restaurants). Please submit a resume, cover letter, three letters of recommendation, and CAS application if available to Scott Evans at sevans@mersi.com

Contact   

Scott Evans, MBA
1440 Main Street
Waltham, MA 02451

Telephone: 617-620-8033
Email: sevans@mersi.com

Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics at Wills Eye Hospital

Bradway Research Scholar Fellowship

This is a funded, full-time position, which starts July 1. International applicants are welcome. The Supervisor for this position is Dr. Kammi Gunton. 

Wills Eye Hospital Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics is a very busy service where we see an enormous range of pathology in both adults (genetics and strabismus) and children. We currently have over 90 active research and writing projects that involve any number of our 14 physicians, 24 ophthalmology residents, pediatric ophthalmology fellow, ocular genetics fellow, genetic counselor, medical students and visiting research fellows from around the world. The Bradway Scholar manages this research and writing program, including administrative duties, project tracking, management of electronic files, obtaining informed patient consent for research projects, data collection, database construction and oversight, coordination of meetings, manuscript and grant preparation/writing/submission, Institutional Review Board submission preparation, as well as the supervision and assistance of students. Other duties are assigned as they may arise. The Bradway Scholar will manage projects ranging from bench laboratory to clinical and cover the areas of pediatric cataract, adjustment to vision loss, pediatric glaucoma, ocular genetic disorders, and all aspects of pediatric ophthalmology. Opportunities abound for the Bradway Scholar to publish and develop their curriculum vitae. The Bradway Scholar is expected to be the lead researcher on at least two projects. 

In addition to hands-on research activities, a research lecture series is conducted for the benefit of all trainees on the service. The Bradway Scholar is also allocated one-half day weekly of clinical/surgical observation and the opportunity to attend a wide variety of didactic educational opportunities at Wills. 

To Apply:

  • A maximum one-page personal statement as to why you want to take this position and your future plans.
  • Current curriculum vitae.
  • Photograph of yourself (not required but very helpful).
  • If you have previously published (not required), a copy of the 1-2 publications of which you are most proud.
  • One letter of recommendation (two letters preferred).

All documents should be sent electronically. The recommendation letters must also be sent as hard copies on original letterhead with the original signature. 

Only completed applications will be considered for interviews (offered by phone if not available to attend in person). Deadline for receipt of completed applications is February 26.

Contact

Karen Scannapieco
Pediatric Ophthalmology and Ocular Genetics
Wills Eye Hospital
840 Walnut Street, Ste. 1210
Philadelphia, PA 19107-5109
Email: kscannapieco@willseye.org

Wills Eye Hospital

Ocular Oncology Research Internship

This is one or two years of ocular oncology internship training before ophthalmology residency.

Duties of the research internship include: conducting clinical research projects with compilation of data in a relatively independent fashion, publication of research, assistance with related ocular oncology education, and presentation of research at meetings.

Contact

Sandra Dailey
sandy@shields.md
215-928-3129 

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Contact Us

University of Utah School of Medicine

Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences

John A. Moran Eye Center
Academic Office
65 Mario Capecchi Drive
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Phone: 801-585-3719
Fax: 801-581-5806

Rachel G. Simpson, MD, Vice Chair of Education
Phone: 801-581-2352
rachel.simpson@hsc.utah.edu

Sravanthi Vegunta, MD, Associate Program Director
Phone: 801-581-2352
srav.vegunta@hsc.utah.edu

Meghan Johnson, Programs Manager, Academics
Phone: 801-213-4044
meghan.johnson@hsc.utah.edu

Chandler Thompson, Executive Assistant
Phone: 801-581-3023
chandler.thompson@hsc.utah.edu

Barbara Korous, Director, Operations
801-585-6143
barbara.korous@hsc.utah.edu