Fellowship in Glaucoma

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Welcome!  The Department of Ophthalmology at Boston University Chobanian & Avedisian School of Medicine offers a one-year clinical fellowship in glaucoma. This program is AUPO compliant and provides comprehensive training in both the medical and surgical management of glaucoma. The program is intended to prepare the candidate for any career path they should choose, whether it be academic or non-academic. Fellows will work closely with both attending physicians and residents and will be actively involved in the residency teaching program.

The fellowship is administered through the San Francisco Matching Program (see link below to SF match). Applications are filed through the Central Application Service (CAS) which is also overseen by SF match. Applicants must have completed and passed all three parts of the USMLE and be either Board Eligible or Board Certified by the American Board of Ophthalmology.  If you have further questions please contact our Education Program Coordinator Valerie Worrell (Valerie.Worrell@bmc.org) or the Program Director Manishi Desai, MD (Manishi.Desai@bmc.org). The Department of Ophthalmology is located at 85 East Concord Street, 8th Floor, Boston, MA 02118.

Program Description:

The 1 year program affiliated with Boston Medical Center provides a balance of medical, surgical, and laser management in glaucoma as well as the opportunity for anterior segment surgery (including MIGS). This is a clinical program, however exposure to clinical and/or basic science research is available. The fellow will split their time throughout the year between 3 full-time glaucoma specialists based at Boston Medical Center and be in the operating room 1-2 days/week. Participation and attendance in didactic conferences, journal clubs, and weekly departmental grand rounds is expected. The fellow will also be involved in resident education provided by the glaucoma service and be responsible for completing a scholarly project during the year. The fellow will also have a day each week of general ophthalmology clinic with the opportunity to manage their own patients (with supervision available).  Multiple diagnostic technologies will be available to the fellow during the year (spectral domain OCT, UBM).  The fellow will participate general ophthalmology call along with faculty (5-6 weeks per year).  Upon completing the program, the fellow will be well versed in performing conventional filtering surgery, glaucoma shunts, laser procedures, MIGs (istent, kahook, AbIC, Xen, Hydrus) as well as complex cataract surgery to complement the diverse clinical experience.  Dedicated administrative/research time of two half-days per month will be provided.

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Important links:

  • San Francisco Matching Program (SF match)
  • Association of University Professors of Ophthalmology Fellowship Compliance Committee (AUPO FCC)
  • American Glaucoma Society (AGS)
  • American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO)