Department of Ophthalmology | Program Experience

The clinical experience gained from our program includes broad exposure to every aspect of pediatric ophthalmology that would be expected at a leading children’s hospital, including state-of-the-art pediatric cataract, glaucoma and oculoplastic surgeries, plus evaluation and treatment of complex adult strabismus. Fellows have access to advanced equipment including a RetCam and digital video for recording surgical cases.

Our office includes a scanned medical record system so records are available securely online. The fellows interact closely with, and supervise, two residents: one rotating from Harvard Medical School (Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary), the other from Boston Medical Center. Nights and weekends on call are shared with the rotating residents and supervised by faculty.

Educational activities include regular conferences and special lectures, including invited speakers from national and international locales. Fellows are required to undertake a research project under the guidance of a faculty member, to present the results at a national meeting, and to submit a manuscript prior to completion of the fellowship year. Our former fellows include Mohammed Jaafar, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Washington Children’s National Hospital, Washington D.C., Douglas Fredrick, MD, Clinical Professor at Stanford Children’s Hospital, San Francisco, CA, Monte Mills, MD, Chair of Ophthalmology at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and Richard Levy, MD, head of Pediatric Ophthalmology at Cornell University.

A full PGY-5 stipend, including benefits, is provided. Fellows are encouraged to defray the cost of the stipend through external support, such as a Heed Ophthalmic Foundation award, when possible. Applicants must obtain a full Massachusetts Medical license for billing and credentialing purposes.

Our fellowship program is approved by the AUPO Fellowship Compliance Committee. Only graduates of AUPO-approved fellowships may apply for AAPOS (American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus) membership after graduation.

To learn more about Boston Children’s Hospital, our department, and the fellowship program, please visit our candidate page.