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 in addition to the classic components of this field an opportunity for extensive exposure to genetic diseases that includes a retina 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 at 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 number of varied surgical cases including pediatric and adult strabismus, cataracts, nasolacrimal duct procedures, and eyelid and orbital cases.
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 and interests of the individual trainee.
The fellow will have ample opportunities to interact with specialists, residents and fellows from other pediatric 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.
Fellowship Program Director
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 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 to meetings where the research is presented.
Cleveland Clinic offers a strong salary and benefits package. Fellows are paid at the PGY 5 level.
- Health, prescription, vision, dental benefits
- Cleveland Clinic health insurance for you and your family at 50% the cost of other Cleveland Clinic employees
- Disability and Life insurance. Malpractice insurance that does not require the purchase of a “tail” when you leave
- Medical license fees paid for by Cleveland Clinic
- 3 weeks of vacation (15 working days)
- Additional time and money for conference (AAO, etc.)
- Extra time for job interviews (7 days)
- Does not have to be taken one week at a time
- Time off for national boards
- Access to Cleveland Clinic fitness facilities and pool
- Retirement savings programs and flexible spending accounts available
The fellow participates in back-up general call for the Cole Eye Institute at the rate of 1-2 weeks per year.