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This AAPOS accredited fellowship is offered through the Ophthalmology Fellowship San Francisco match to one individual per year.

The fellowship prepares the ophthalmologist for a comprehensive practice in the diagnosis and management of eye diseases of childhood, pediatric and adult strabismus, and offers an opportunity for extensive exposure to genetic diseases that includes a retinal dystrophy clinic supervised by Dr. Traboulsi. The medical and surgical experience is intensive and varied.

In addition to general pediatric ophthalmology, adult strabismus, and genetics, the fellow participates in the screening and treatment of premature infants with risk of Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) under the direction of Jonathan Sears, MD, a full-time pediatric retina specialist at the Cole Eye Institute and several of the other pediatric ophthalmology faculty members.

With the participation of other Cole Eye Institute faculty whose clinics run in parallel to the pediatric ophthalmology clinics, the fellow will gain experience in the fields of pediatric glaucoma, ocular and orbital oncology, pediatric neuro-ophthalmology and pediatric oculoplastics.

Fellows perform a large number of varied surgical case including pediatric and adult strabismus, cataracts, nasolacrimal duct procedures, and eyelid and orbital cases.

Research opportunities are varied and include eye movement and strabismus research with Dr. Ghasia as well as genetic eye disease projects with Dr. Traboulsi and other pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus projects with Drs. Babiuch and Eisenberg. One major clinical or basic science project is assigned to the fellow at the beginning of the academic year. The fellow is expected to present the results of the research at the Cole Eye Institute Annual Research, Residents, and Alumni Meeting, as well as submit abstracts to national meetings.  The Cole Eye Institute supports the travel of the fellow at meetings where the research is presented.

A curriculum has been developed for the fellowship and a list of recommended articles and textbooks is given at the beginning of the fellowship. The clinical and research experience of the fellow is further tailored to the needs of the individual fellow.

The fellow will have ample opportunities to interact with specialists, residents and fellows from other pediatric and subspecialties including Pediatric Neurology and Neurosurgery, Pediatric Endocrinology, Pediatric Rheumatology, Neonatology, and others. The fellow also participates in the teaching of residents and medical students.