Ophthalmic Genetics/Pediatric Medical Retina Fellowship

The pediatric medical retina fellowship is a post-residency program that is one year in duration with the potential to extend to two years.  Its main goal is to sharpen the diagnostic acumen of the fellow and build proficiency in management of pediatric patients with diverse disorders of vision.  The extensive exposure to a broad range of pediatric retinal, syndromic and metabolic disorders provided by this fellowship is a suitable basis for an academic career.  Assessment of retinal and visual function is at the heart of diagnosis and management including gene based and other cutting edge therapies. The fellow will have access to state of the art equipment and analytical techniques.

This fellowship is set in busy pediatric ophthalmology program at a leading children’s hospital.  In addition to the pediatric medical retina service, subspecialty care includes ocular oncology, neuro-ophthalmology, oculoplastics as well as evaluation and treatment of complex adult strabismus. The fellow participates in the department-wide educational activities including weekly didactic and patient-oriented conferences, sub-specialty clinics, quarterly pediatric ophthalmology journal club, grand rounds, neuro-radiology and pathology conferences. 

The fellow is expected to mentor medical students and residents who rotate through the pediatric retina service.   Research is an on-going feature of the program.  The fellow is expected to participate in at least one clinical or laboratory research project relevant to pediatric visual disorders. 

A full PGY-4 stipend, including benefits, is provided.  Fellows are encouraged to defray the cost of the stipend through external support when possible.

Application requirements:

  • Applicants will need to submit the application form online
  • At least three letters of recommendation from ophthalmologists who have been involved in your training.
  • A one page personal statement
  • The applicant should have completed residency training in Ophthalmology, as well as received certification by the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) or the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG).
  • Applicants must obtain a Massachusetts Limited Medical license for credentialing purposes. USMLE Step 1, Step 2 CS & CK, and Step 3 required.
  • An ECFMG certificate is required for international medical graduates.