Fellowship Overview

Overview of the Retina Fellowships

The Retina Service of the Department of Ophthalmology has trained over 105 fellows since 1962. We currently offer two surgical retina fellowship positions per year and one medical retina fellowship position per year. These begin in July, with the surgical fellowship running for 24 months and medical fellowship for 12 months. Combined two-year medical retina/research fellowships are also available—for inquiries regarding the latter please email Dr. Elliott H. Sohn (Director of Retina Fellowships).

First year of surgical retina fellowship

During the first year the fellows spend a majority of their time in the Retina Clinics where they evaluate and treat medical retinal diseases, performing most laser photocoagulation treatments and intravitreal injections. The first year retina fellows do not take call for the first six months of fellowship, which allows time for reading and initiating research projects. The last six months of the 1st year, the fellows operate (typically for scleral buckle, vitrectomy, and plaque procedures) while taking retina call every other week. Any available remaining time is devoted to clinical or laboratory research as well as conference preparation and teaching.

Second Year of surgical retina fellowship

The second year has a surgical emphasis with time split between the operating room and Vitreoretinal Clinics. As a major tertiary referral institution for Iowa and the surrounding 7 states, the fellow acquires extensive diagnostic and surgical experience in the management of simple and complex vitreoretinal disorders. The second year retina fellows do not take call for the last six months of fellowship. Vitreoretinal surgery is performed in both the main OR and ASC of the University of Iowa Hospital as well as the new Stead Family Children's Hospital that is connected directly to the University of Iowa Hospital.

AUPO FCC Our Vitreoretinal Fellowship is AUPO FCC approved.

 


Other retina fellowships

Medical retina fellowship

One-year medical retina fellows spend time in the Retina Clinics where they evaluate and treat all medical retinal diseases, performing most laser photocoagulation treatments and intravitreal injections. There is no call taken by medical retina fellows. Medical retina fellows are actively engaged in clinical or laboratory research as well as conference preparation and teaching.

Retina clinical and molecular research fellowship

This is a 12-month-long fellowship designed for vitreoretinal fellowship-trained physicians to gain specialized expertise in 1) clinical diagnosis and treatment of inherited retinal diseases, 2) laboratory based skills related to the molecular genetic diagnosis and pathophysiology of inherited retinal diseases, and 3) research skills necessary for advancing to an academic career.