Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Fellowship

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OVERVIEW

This program is two years in duration, and is administered under the sponsorship of the University of Minnesota, Mayo School of Graduate Medical Education, and the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic Reconstructive Surgery. Our program matriculates two fellows in each odd-numbered year. One fellow will spend the first year of the program at the Mayo Clinic, and the other fellow will spend the first year at the University of Minnesota; each fellow will then switch institutions for the second year of training. Our next openings would be for fellows starting in July 2019.

This fellowship fulfills the requirements of, and has been sponsored by, the American Society of Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Inc. (ASOPRS).

The Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Neuroscience at University of Minnesota is a tertiary ophthalmic care provider serving a large urban metropolitan area, in addition to referral networks extending across the upper Midwest. With multiple providers in every ophthalmic subspecialty within the department, there is a fantastic variety of pathology and unique opportunities for collaboration in clinical and surgical care. 

The Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery fellowship is a surgically active fellowship with the fellow participating in all surgical cases including cosmetic and reconstructive eyelid surgery, lacrimal surgery, orbital surgery and socket surgery.  The attendings operate in a variety of surgical settings throughout the twin cities including University of Minnesota Clinic and Surgery Center, Fairview Southdale Hopital Eye and Same Day Surgery, Phillips Eye Institute, Maple Grove Surgery Center, Centennial Lakes Surgey Center , University of Minnesota Children’s Hospital and United Hospital.

Office responsibilities involve all aspects of functional and cosmetic ophthalmic plastic pre-operative and post-operative care.  The fellow assists Dr. Harrison and Dr. Mokhtarzadeh.  Pre- and post-operative patient evaluation occurs largely during office sessions at the University Eye Clinic, Lions Children’s Eye Clinic, Mhealth Maple Grove Eye Clinic and at Minnesota Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery Specialists. The fellowship begins with an intense exposure to ophthalmic plastic surgery.  After this core experience, exposure is possible in craniofacial surgery, ENT/facial plastic surgery, dermatology, Mohs surgery, plastic surgery, neuro-imaging and neuro-ophthalmology.

Recent fellow case logs have demonstrated the following 1 year totals as primary surgeon:

Orbit: 90-150
Eyelid: 500-750
Blepharoplasty: 100-200
Eyelid and Facial Reconstruction: 80-120
Lacrimal: 70-130

Total as primary surgeon: 1000-1200

FACULTY

There are two full time clinical faculty members on the Oculoplastic and Orbital Surgery Service: Andrew Harrison, MD and Ali Mokhtarzadeh, MD. The other ad hoc faculty include Eric Nelson, MD, Jill Melicher-Larson, MD and Merideth Baker, MD.

ACADEMIC ACTIVITY

The fellow is actively involved in resident teaching in the clinic, laboratory, and in the operating room in preparation for academic endeavors following completion of the fellowship.  The Fellow gives a number of lectures to the residents and staff.  The fellow also helps organize both an orbital dissection course and a practical course in basic principles of ophthalmic plastic surgery for residents and ophthalmologists in practice. The fellow will develop expertise with the oculoplastic literature and is asked occasionally to discuss articles at Journal Club. When possible, the fellow attends weekly departmental grand rounds and a weekly case review conference.

In further preparation for teaching responsibilities following the fellowship, the past fellows have built large clinical image collections.  The preceptors emphasize clinical photography in their practices.

High surgical volume and a well-maintained database provide excellent opportunities for clinical studies.  Numerous important advances in orbital, adnexal, and facial anatomy have resulted from research conducted in the University of Minnesota Department of Ophthalmology and in collaboration with other investigators. 

The deadline for receipt of completed applications with supporting materials is December 15, 2017. Each applicant will be automatically considered for each of the two fellowship positions beginning in July 2019, and it is necessary to submit only one application, as noted above.

Please refer to the SFMatch website to register for the match.