The USC Roski Eye Institute ASOPRS fellowship will provide an excellent combination of University and private practice experience. The objective and goals of the fellowship are to educate our future oculo-facial plastic surgeons with state-of-the-art functional eye plastic surgery as well as cutting-edge cosmetic facial surgery. This training will allow the graduating fellows to acquire the skills to either pursue an academic career or to enter tertiary care private practice. The preceptors have well-balanced practices in both reconstructive and aesthetic surgery. In addition, subspecialty colleagues are available for additional training in facial plastic surgery and cosmetic dermatology.
This even-year fellowship under Michael Burnstine will dovetail nicely with the odd-year fellowship managed by Steven Dresner at Eyesthetica, augmenting both fellowships with the resources of USC and the additional experience of Drs. Guy Massry, Sandy Zhang-Nunes, and Jonathan Kim. In the first year, the fellow would spend time at Eyesthetica and LA County (LAC) + USC Medical Center under the direct supervision of one of the preceptors. In the second year, the fellow would have continuity at LAC with continued direct supervision, and spend the remaining four days of the week with Guy Massry, USC Roski Eye Institute, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).
There is no better place to train than USC – it offers the strengths of a vibrant County setting and the opportunity to work with and learn from world-class attending physicians.
-Esther Lee, 2nd Year Resident
During the first year of fellowship, each fellow will be learning the bread and butter clinic evaluation and surgery techniques in Oculo-Facial Surgery. He or she will be seeing and managing patients at LAC + USC Medical Center under the guidance of the preceptors on a weekly basis. Here, the fellow will be actively involved in resident education. The remainder of the week will be spent with the preceptors from Eyesthetica, growing their surgical skills and gaining competence in pre- and post-operative patient management. The fellow will begin outside rotations during their first year and will spend time with our local ocularist group for learning impression fitting techniques and with Richard Bennett, MD, former President of Derm Surgery, for Mohs surgery reconstruction techniques around the body: flaps and grafts. The techniques learned here have ready applications to the peri-orbital area and face. Other elective rotations include cosmetic dermatology and Facial Plastic Surgery.
During the second year, each fellow will continue seeing diverse pathology by running the LAC+USC Medical Center Oculo-Facial service one day per week with the ASOPRS preceptors. He or she will continue to help train the USC Roski Eye Institute residents in the basic techniques of oculo-facial surgery at both LAC and the Keck Medical Center at USC. The fellow will spend up to one day per week at Children’s Hospital – Los Angeles (CHLA) learning more pediatric oculoplastics and ocular oncology, as well as spend time with the Craniofacial group at CHLA. The fellow will also rotate 1-2 days a week with Guy Massry in his Beverly Hills practice focusing on aesthetic oculoplastic surgery. The rest of the time will be spent at Keck on functional and aesthetic oculo-facial plastics, working also with laser skin resurfacing, broad band light, and other laser technology. Elective time with other subspecialists may also be arranged.
Oculo-Facial Plastics Fellowship Application and Interview Deadlines – Not Available; Dates are not yet set, but will occur in early 2017
Helen Merritt, MD
For more information please contact Monica Chavez or call (323)865-6932.