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Global Ophthalmology Fellowship

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Global Ophthalmology Fellowship

In keeping with the mission of the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (IEEI), Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences of the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), the Division of Global Ophthalmology has developed a Global Ophthalmology Fellowship program for 2019.

The Global Ophthalmology Fellowship is a one year program designed to allow participants an opportunity to spend approximately six months at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary at UIC, and six months abroad participating in a variety of international educational, clinical, surgical, and research opportunities. The fellow will be an active participant in implementing the mission of the Division of Global Ophthalmology by sharing our vision and innovation abroad. The schedule has flexibility based on the fellow’s experience and areas of interest. Scholarly research is also a significant component of the training experience.  


Clinical Opportunities and Responsibilities while at UIC:

The global ophthalmology fellow should anticipate to spend the first several weeks at UIC attending the General Eye Clinic (GEC) and subspecialty clinics depending on their previous experience. Those fellows that have already completed subspecialty training may have opportunities in those fields of interest.  


Global Ophthalmology Opportunities and Responsibilities:

  • The program is flexible and travel can be anticipated to Central/South America, Asia, Sub-Sahara Africa, India, and Haiti.

  • There will be a minimum of 6 weeks total service in Haiti at Hôpital d l’Universite d’Etat d’Haiti (HUEH) in Port au Prince, Haiti teaching/attending the 10 local ophthalmology residents clinical skills and attending surgery for ocular trauma and other cases as able.  Manual Small Incision Cataract Surgery (MSICS) is the preferred method at HUEH due to cost, but phaco is also available. 

  • You will also have the unique opportunity to join Orbis International’s Flying Eye Hospital as an educator, mentor and UIC ambassador.

  • The Global Ophthalmology Fellow will help coordinate and staff the SEE International wet-lab program for 2019 at UIC.

  • The GO fellow will be encouraged to seek out opportunities abroad that they believe will best impact their training in line with the Division and Department’s mission.


Research Opportunities:

The GO fellow will be expected to have support to perform and report their research at local, national, or international meetings.


Global Ophthalmology Faculty:

Vietnam trip R.V. Paul Chan, MD, MSc
The John H. Panton, MD Professor of Ophthalmology
Vice Chair, Global Ophthalmology
Director, Pediatric Retina and ROP Service
Co-Director, Vitreoretinal Fellowship

Peter Macintosh, MD
Assistant Professor
Ophthalmic Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery

Daniel Alter, MD, PhD
Clinical Assistant Faculty

Thasarat Vajaranant, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Glaucoma Service

Pete Setabutr, MD
Associate Professor of Ophthalmology
Director, Oculoplastic & Reconstructive Surgery Service
Co-Director, Millennium Park Eye Center

Deepak Edward, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Glaucoma Service

Elmer Tu, MD
Professor of Clinical Ophthalmology
Director, Cornea Service

Marilyn Miller, MD
Professor of Ophthalmology
Pediatric Ophthalmology & Adult Strabismus Service


Application Process:

  • CV
  • 3 letters of recommendation (Residency Program Director + 2 other letters)
  • Personal Statement
  • USMLE Scores
  • OKAP Scores

Please send final application including all documents to Jenny Baker, Administrative Manager and Research Coordinator for the Division of Global Ophthalmology – jbaker9@uic.edu.

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