During the fellowship, fellows work closely with the faculty in the clinic and the operating room on certain days, and independently on others. The fellow has their own clinic every Friday in the morning. There is no day without an attending for support. The fellow is expected to learn to provide the most up-to-date care and utilize the most recent results of clinical trials, as well as engaging in productive clinical research.
The fellow will actively participate in performing procedures including:
- Exposure to femtosecond laser assisted cataract surgery (FACS) with certification on the AMO Catalys Laser will be achieved.
- LASIK PRK
- Premium intraocular lenses
- Toric Lens Implantation
- Anterior segment reconstruction
- Pterygium/conjunctival excisions
- Secondary IOL placement (scleral-fixation)
- Corneal tattoo
- Relaxing incisions
- Wedge resections
Cases OverviewThe fellows assist on all cases and can expect to perform as primary surgeon 20-25 PKPs, 60-70 DSEKs, 30-40 DMEKs, 5-10 DALKs, 130-150 standard phaco cataract surgeries, and 35-45 femtosecond laser-assisted cataract surgeries. LASIK and PRK available if the fellow desires. We are able to customize your experience based on interest.
The call schedule is in rotation with the attendings, and call is taken roughly 2 weekdays and 1 weekend of call per month. The fellow can expect to perform 3-6 ruptured globe repairs per year, and staff resident cataract surgeries when needed.
Twice per year, the fellow is able to accompany the residency program in Honduras. During this time, the fellow may perform manual small incision cataract surgery (MSICS) and a variety of corneal transplants. Though not a requirement of the fellowship, these trips are an excellent educational opportunity.
The program receives corneal tissue from CorneaGen. Wet labs to practice surgical skills and try new techniques can be arranged through SightLife & CorneaGen.