About the Program

The University of Iowa offers a 12-month cornea fellowship beginning in July with Dr. Kenneth Goins and Dr. Michael Wagoner. One position is available for an applicant interested in obtaining fellowship experience in Cornea, External Disease and Refractive Surgery -and anterior segment medicine and surgery. Opportunities to engage in basic science research are also available. 

The Cornea Service at the University of Iowa manages a wide variety of medical and surgical problems related to the anterior segment. The fellow will be given an opportunity to progress as rapidly as possible commensurate with his or her ability. 

The fellowship is heavily weighted toward the clinical aspect; the goal of the fellowship is to train the individual to successfully manage a referral cornea practice in an academic or private setting. In addition, the fellows will develop teaching capabilities by working closely with residents and faculty. 

The Fellow is in Clinic or in surgery with the faculty Monday through Friday. Weekend and evening call involves covering the Cornea and External Disease call when faculty are out of town; this happens infrequently during the year with no more than 20 days required. The Fellow has an obligation to cover General Ophthalmology call twice a year to allow time for the Residents to participate in the OKAP Examination or the Cataract Surgery Course. The Fellow attends any meetings of the Midwest Academic Refractive Consortium (MARC), whether it is held in Iowa City or one of the other centers.

Ample opportunity to engage in clinical research projects and to pursue additional laboratory research is also available depending upon the interest and previous training of the fellow. Current research includes ocular surface disease investigations, confocal microscopy, antibiotic protocols, transplant rejection immunology, corneal topography and refractive surgery.

The fellow will obtain surgical experience during the year and will perform surgery with increasing autonomy as his or her skills progress. Experience in refractive surgery techniques is also an important part of the training.

The University of Iowa Cornea fellowship has a long history of training fellows for academic careers as well as private practice. The wealth of clinical material and excellent referral system at the University of Iowa enables the fellow to care for an unusually broad range of patients and offers an excellent opportunity for acquiring skills and experience needed to master this subspecialty.

AUPO FCC Our Cornea Fellowship is AUPO FCC approved.