1. The Pediatric Ophthalmology fellow is responsible for organizing Journal Club meetings (6/year).
2. Participation in Grand Rounds is encouraged.
3. The fellow will have the opportunity to assist in teaching and clinical supervision of medical students and residents. The fellow will also prepare lectures for ophthalmology residents or medical students to be given periodically during the year.
4. Chicago Ophthalmologic Society meetings (6 times per year) are supported for education, networking, and participation in the Chicagoland ophthalmologic community.
A. The fellow should complete one or more clinical or basic science research projects in an area related to pediatric ophthalmology or strabismus. The fellowship supervisors will approve this activity which may be done in conjunction with any faculty member.
B. Oral or poster presentation at the yearly AAPOS meeting is strongly encouraged and supported by the department.
C. The University of Illinois Pediatric Ophthalmology department is a clinical site for the Pediatric Eye Disease Study Group (PEDIG). The fellow will be exposed to active PEDIG studies and will aid in recruitment.
A. The fellow will be exposed to a range of surgical procedures in the areas of pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus as well as adult strabismus including:
- Common and unusual surgical procedures advocated for all types of strabismus, simple and complex (e.g., muscle transposition procedures, thyroid eye disease and adjustable sutures).
- Indications and methods of the use of botulinum toxin in strabismus and related problems.
- Pediatric cataracts, glaucoma and oculoplastics.
- Treatment of retinopathy of prematurity with laser and anti-VEGF.
B. The development of surgical knowledge and skills as well as the ability to teach these skills will be a major goal of the fellowship. This will be achieved by:
- Participating with attending staff on pediatric and adult strabismus surgeries.
- Participating or assisting attending staff, when requested, on pediatric patients of interest, e.g., congenital cataracts, ocular tumors, glaucoma, oculoplastic, ROP.
- Assisting residents in routine ocular motility surgery, along with the attending.
- Complete orthoptic evaluation. This will be done under the direction of the clinical orthoptists.
- Other miscellaneous tests that might be useful in the evaluation of the children such as Forced Preferential Looking, OKN, etc.
- The problems and indications for special radiologic techniques in children.