Program Details

Clinical duties

Outstanding clinical training in Neuro-ophthalmology is the primary focus of our program. Fellows spend an average of 8-9 half days in clinic weekly.  Fellows are provided 1-2 half days weekly of academic time for reading, research, and other academic endeavors.  In clinic, fellows will evaluate 14-20 patients daily with an emphasis on new patient work-ups.  Fellows will be exposed to a diverse range of pathology including afferent disease (e.g., vision loss), efferent disease (e.g., double vision, nystagmus, strabismus), facial spastic disorders, pupillary abnormalities, and pediatric neuro-ophthalmology.  Interested ophthalmology-trained fellows can gain proficiency in adult strabismus surgery and temporal artery biopsy.  All fellows will have frequent exposure to periocular and occipital injections for trochleitis and occipital neuralgia, respectively, and botulinum injections for facial spastic disorders.

Didactics

Aside from clinic-based training, fellows will participate in monthly neuro-ophthalmology case rounds led by faculty.  In the first 6 months of training, fellows will have required reading from a premier neuro-ophthalmology text.  Faculty will review covered material with the fellow.  Faculty will also periodically assign research articles relevant to a recent diagnosis seen in clinic; the article(s) will be discussed with a faculty member in a one-on-one setting.  Fellows will have protected time to join neuro-radiology faculty in read out sessions to facilitate proficiency in neuro-imaging interpretation.  Fellows will gain proficiency in teaching and presentation skills by periodically presenting interesting cases at the Department’s Grand Rounds, regional CME courses, and potentially at national neuro-ophthalmology meetings.

Research

Fellows will initiate and complete at least one research project during the fellowship with a goal to present at the annual NANOS meeting.  Both faculty mentors are active researchers; interested fellows will have ample opportunity to participate in additional research opportunities.

Schedule

While schedules may vary depending on the interests and training background of the fellow, this link schedule will provide you an example of the 2017-2018 fellowship schedule.