The USC/RCA Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship training in year 1 takes place at the Retinal Consultants of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona. This includes outpatient clinical and surgical experience with the attending physicians of the Retinal Consultants of Arizona, including active involvement in clinical research and clinical trials through the Retina Research Institute.
Vitreoretinal Surgery Fellowship training in year 2 takes place the USC Roski Eye Institute in Los Angeles, California. This includes outpatient, inpatient, and surgical experience at the USC Roski Eye Institute, USC Keck Medical Center, and the Los Angeles County + USC (LAC+USC) Medical Center. At the USC Roski Eye Institute, fellows participate in faculty retina clinics and in their clinical research. At the LAC+USC Medical Center, fellows supervise the resident retina clinics with staffing from faculty, as well as participate in the ROP service, including screening, treatment, and outpatient follow up. Fellows assist the faculty with vitreoretinal surgery at the USC Roski Eye Institute and perform surgery with supervision on patients at the LAC+USC Medical Center. Fellows share on call responsibilities for the Retina Division at the USC Roski Eye Institute, Keck Medical Center of USC, and the LAC+USC Medical Center. Teaching of medical students and residents is a major part of the Vitreoretinal Surgery 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.
The Vitreoretinal Fellowship consists of the following major educational components:
- Clinical and Didactic Training
- Vitreoretinal Surgery, including:
- Repair of rhegmatogenous and tractional retinal detachments
- Ocular trauma management
- Vitrectomy, scleral buckle, pneumatic retinopexy, and combination surgeries, with exposure to endoscopic vitrectomy techniques
- Medical Retinal Disease Management, including:
- Age-related macular degeneration
- Diabetic retinopathy
- Hereditary chorioretinal degenerations
- Exposure to patients treated with the Argus II retinal prosthesis
- Vitreoretinal Imaging and Diagnostic Procedures, including:
- Fundus photography, Fluorescein angiography, Optical coherence tomography, Retinal electrophysiology, and Ultrasonography.
- Additional Areas of Focus, including:
- Pediatric vitreoretinal disease and surgery, with an emphasis on ROP
- Ocular oncology
Training Faculty and Location
Year 1 consists of a year of training with members of the Retinal Consultants of Arizona, who are all voluntary USC Faculty Members under the leadership of Dr. Pravin Dugel. This will take place at the Retina Consultants of Arizona in Phoenix, Arizona.
Year 2 consists of a year of training with full-time faculty in the retina, ocular oncology, and uveitis divisions at USC under the leadership of Dr. Andrew A. Moshfeghi. This will take place at Keck Medical Center of USC facilities (inpatient, outpatient, and ambulatory surgery), and the LAC+USC Medical Center.
USC/RCA Vitreoretinal Fellowship – Application Deadline: 8/22/2018; Interview Date: *9/21/2018
*Please note that interviews take place in Phoenix, AZ.
Pravin U. Dugel, MD
For more information please contact Liz Peranil or call (323)865-7785.