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At Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School we offer two positions for one-year fellowships in pediatric ophthalmology and adult strabismus. Since 2008, both positions have been AUPO- (Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology) approved.
International applicants who are interested in a fellowship should contact either Dr. David Hunter, the Ophthalmologist-in-Chief, or Dr. Deborah VanderVeen, the Fellowship Director, well in advance of the usual deadline to determine whether an international, non-AUPO approved position is open for the upcoming academic year.
The goal of our training program is to provide broad and extensive clinical activity, academic stimulation and research experience in order to train the next generation of leaders in the field of pediatric ophthalmology.
The faculty at Boston Children's Hospital includes ten full-time pediatric ophthalmologists and three pediatric optometrists with a variety of interests:
The Children's environment also provides the opportunity to interact with clinicians specializing in virtually every aspect of pediatric disease, as well as world-class researchers in related fields. Dr. Elizabeth Engle, MD, a Neurologist, combines genetic and molecular biological approaches to study congenital eye movement disorders. The Kreiman lab is interested in understanding how biological networks encode, process and transmit information. There are two main lines of research in the lab: (i) how circuits of neurons represent visual information and (ii) how gene expression is orchestrated, with a particular emphasis on gene expression in the nervous system. The lab uses a combination of mathematical, computational and experimental tools.
Our department has affiliations with leading subspecialists in pediatric ophthalmology, including Shizuo Mukai, MD, who has an interest in pediatric retina, and Douglas Rhee, MD, who specializes in both adult and childhood glaucomas. Ronald Hansen, PhD, works closely with Dr. Fulton evaluating pediatric electrophysiology. Our support staff includes four orthoptists and three ophthalmic technicians.
The clinical experience includes broad exposure to every aspect of pediatric ophthalmology that would be expected at a leading children's hospital, including state-of-the-art pediatric cataract, glaucoma and oculoplastic surgeries, plus evaluation and treatment of complex adult strabismus. Fellows have access to advanced equipment including a RetCam, supine yag laser, and digital video for recording surgical cases.
Our office includes a scanned medical record system so records are available securely online. The fellows interact closely with, and supervises, two residents: one rotating from Harvard Medical School ( Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary), the other from Boston Medical College. Nights and weekends on call are shared with the rotating residents and supervised by faculty.
Educational activities include regular conferences and special lectures, including invited speakers from national and international locales. Fellows are required to undertake a research project under the guidance of a faculty member, to present the results at a national meeting, and to submit a manuscript prior to completion of the fellowship year. Our former fellows include Mohammed Jaafar, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Washington Children's National Hospital, Washington D.C., Douglas Fredrick, MD, Clinical Professor at Stanford Children's Hospital, San Francisco, CA, Monte Mills, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, and Richard Levy, MD, head of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Cornell University.
A full PGY-5 stipend, including benefits, is provided. Fellows are encouraged to defray the cost of the stipend through external support, such as a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation award, when possible. Applicants must obtain a full Massachusetts Medical license for billing and credentialing purposes.
Our fellowship program is approved by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. Only graduates of AUPO-approved fellowships may apply for AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) membership after graduation.
If you are interested in applying for a fellowship at Boston Children's Hospital you must apply through the SF Match Central Application Service at www.sfmatch.org. To get to the application select Ophthalmology from the Fellowship Match tab. You will then be able to select the central application tab which will take you to the application. The fee for this service is $250. This includes your registration, the distribution of up to 8 applications, distribution of rank lists, and the actual matching process. Applications must be completed by October 1st , 2011 for the 2012-2013 academic year.
International applicants should first contact the Program Coordinator to find out the availability of fellowship positions . Applicants will need to submit the application form online and at least three letters of recommendation from ophthalmologists who have been involved in your training. A one page personal statement is also needed.Medical School transcripts are optional.
The applicant should have completed residency training in Ophthalmology , as well as received certification by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
If you have any questions please contact:
Fellowship Program Coordinator
Boston Children's Hospital Ophthalmology
300 Longwood Ave
Fegan 4th floor
Boston, MA 02115
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