A two-year medical and surgical program, the Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship at USC Roski Eye Institute embraces such major educational components as vitreoretinal surgery, medical retinal disease management, vitreoretinal imaging and diagnostic procedures, and pediatric vitreoretinal disease and surgery.
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship training includes outpatient, inpatient, and surgical experience at USC University Hospital and at the USC Roski Eye Institute, where fellows participate in faculty retina clinics and their clinical research. In addition, fellows supervise the resident retina clinics at LAC + USC Medical Center with staffing from faculty, as well as participate in the retinopathy of prematurity service, including screening, treatment, and outpatient follow-up. Fellows share on-call responsibilities for the Retina Division at the USC Roski Eye Institute, USC University Hospital, and LAC + USC Medical Center.
In terms of surgical experience, fellows gain close knowledge of such procedures as repair of rhegmatogenous and tractional retinal detachments, ocular trauma management, vitrectomy, scleral buckle, pneumatic retinopexy, and combination surgeries, with exposure to endoscopic vitrectomy techniques. Fellows assist faculty at USC Roski Eye Institute and perform surgery with supervision on patients at LAC + USC Medical Center.
I think the whole experience is a true highlight. Being an independent Ophthalmologist has been pretty phenomenal.
-Kelly Rue, MD. Resident, Class of 2017
In medical retinal disease management, the focus is on age-related macular degeneration, diabetic retinopathy, and hereditary chorioretinal degenerations, with exposure to patients treated with the Argus II retinal prosthesis. Imaging technologies include Fundus Photography, Fluorescein Angiography, Optical Coherence Tomography, and Ultrasonography. Additional areas of interest include ROP, ocular oncology, and uveitis.
Teaching of medical students and residents is a major part of the fellowship, including a weekly Grand Rounds and Retina Imaging conference. Fellows participate in teaching conferences and programs involving USC medical students, ophthalmology residents, and Department of Ophthalmology faculty.
Fellows are expected to undertake independent investigation or participate in ongoing research projects involving basic and/or clinical aspects of vitreoretinal disease and surgery. Fellows are encouraged to report their studies in publications and presentations at national and international meetings.
Successful applicants have completed an ophthalmology residency program and are U.S. or Canadian citizens or U.S. permanent residents. Applications are accepted through SF Match.
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship – Application Deadline: 9/22/2017; Interview Date: 10/13/2017
For more information please contact Amy Atondo or call (323)442-6372.