Glaucoma Fellowship

 

The University of North Carolina offers a 1-year glaucoma fellowship under faculty mentors Donald Budenz, MD, MPH and Scott Lawrence, MD. The fellowship provides extensive training in all aspects of the diagnosis, clinical care and surgical management of glaucoma. While strong clinical training is the core of the program, research opportunities (both clinical and basic science) abound. Our program is supplemented by the invaluable contribution of Dr. Terete Borras, a world-renowned expert in ocular gene therapy and gene delivery for glaucoma.

The fellow’s training takes place primarily at the UNC Kittner Eye Center, with state-of-the-art equipment and an electronic medical record. The glaucoma fellow will be trained in the diagnostic modalities of gonioscopy, optic disc evaluation and visual field and nerve fiber layer interpretation. Surgical training will include trabeculectomy with MMC, the Ex-PRESS Glaucoma Filtration Device, glaucoma drainage implants (Ahmed and Baerveldt), combined glaucoma and cataract surgery, complex cataract surgery (small pupil, posterior synechiae, pseudoexfoliation) and trabectome surgery. In addition, the fellow will become proficient in laser trabeculoplasty (SLT, MLT).

The typical one-year fellowship consists of seeing consultation patients with full-time faculty and participating in our surgeries. The fellow will also spend up to one-half day per week supervising residents in a glaucoma and urgent care clinic and will rotate seeing consults with residents. Weekly Grand Rounds in the Ophthalmology Department are held Wednesday mornings and consist of presentations of interesting cases by residents and fellows with discussion among faculty. The glaucoma fellow will meet on a regular basis with glaucoma faculty and rotating residents to discuss interesting topics and/or journal club articles. The fellow will participate in the teaching of residents and will serve in rotation as faculty-on-call (approximately 1 out of every 8 weeks).

Each fellow is expected to complete at least one research project (clinical or basic science). The results of the research of every resident and fellow are presented in a two-day program held in the month of June. The department’s clinical faculty and basic science researchers can serve as a valuable source of ideas and resources for research projects. The department encourages and funds fellows to present their research at an academic meeting such as AAO, ARVO or AGS.

The deadline for applications is October 1 of the year prior to the July 1 starting date for a fellowship.

NOTE: FELLOWS ARE REQUIRED TO OBTAIN AN UNRESTRICTED FULL NORTH CAROLINA MEDICAL LICENSE BEFORE BEGINNING THE FELLOWSHIP. ALL 3 PARTS OF THE USMLE MUST BE PASSED FOR A NORTH CAROLINA LICENSE.

Licensure

Fellows must obtain an unrestricted North Carolina state medical license prior to beginning the fellowship. All 3 parts of the USMLE must be passed for the North Carolina medical license.

SALARY & BENEFITS

The UNC Department of Ophthalmology provides funding for this fellowship with salary support, medical malpractice insurance, and health benefits. Fellows will be paid at the PGY-5 level, as established by the office of Graduate Medical Education.

APPLICATION PROCESS

Applicants should apply to the SFMatch (www.sfmatch.org) and complete the CAS Glaucoma Fellowship application. Interviews will be held at the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) meeting in Orlando, Florida on October 23, 2011. An alternate interview date will be scheduled in November in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.