The University Retina / UIC Vitreoretinal Fellowship is a highly competitive, combined 2 year vitreoretinal fellowship
sponsored by University Retina and the University of Illinois At Chicago.
The University Retina / Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary (UIC Department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences) Vitreoretinal Fellowship is a two-year fellowship designed for thorough and complete training in vitreoretinal diseases and surgery.
The fellow spends half of their time at University Retina locations, and the other half at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary. Medical and surgical training will occur through close interaction with all of the faculty (Drs. Jager, Bhatt, Sheth, George, Joshi, Mieler, Lim, Liederman, Chau, Ulanski, and Chan).
Fellowship Diplomas are awarded by the University of Illinois at Chicago.
The fellow will be exposed to a large volume of patients with a wide variety of exposure to not only common vitreoretinal conditions (e.g., AMD, diabetic retinopathy), but also unusual cases as well.
Clinical time will be split between University Retina (Drs. Jager, Bhatt, Sheth, George, and Joshi) and UIC (Drs. Mieler, Lim, Liederman, Chau, Ulanski, and Chan).
The fellow is always expected to treat patients with the utmost respect and kindness in order to maintain the culture of University Retina and UIC -- namely a dedication to outstanding retinal care.
The fellow will be exposed and directly participate in a large volume of vitreoretinal surgery. The vast majority of the surgery will be with University Retina physicians (Drs. Jager, Bhatt, Sheth, and George) at Advocate Christ Medical Center. All surgeries will be performed under the direct supervision of an attending, and no cases will ever be unstaffed by attendings. The fellow will build a very strong foundation by learning the approaches, tools, and skills to perform surgical procedures including scleral buckling, pars plana vitrectomy, epiretinal membrane dissection, photocoagulation, retinotomy, retinectomy, and perfluorocarbon liquid, silicone oil, or gas injection/removal. While at Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, there will be exposure to ocular oncology as well. Surgical video recording is available for both review as well as submission of interesting cases.
Surgical cases will always take precedence over clinic while at University Retina. Emergent cases (e.g., endophthalmitis, etc.) can often occur after clinic, usually at Advocate Christ Medical Center. Advocate Christ Medical Center has state-of-the-art outpatient surgery pavilion and general operating rooms with extremely advanced surgical equipment and a 24-7 ophthalmology call team highly experienced in vitreoretinal care.
In addition to helping in the education and mentoring of UIC ophthalmology residents and medical students, the University Retina / UIC fellow is expected to participate in the following:
The fellow is expected to participate in clinical research. Each faculty member is involved in clinical and basic research projects. Each fellow is expected to submit at least one clinical retina manuscript per year for publication.
A generous travel stipend is provided by University Retina every year to the fellow. The fellow is expected to attend the following national/international meetings every year:
One full-time, two year fellowship is available only to graduates of ACGME-accredited ophthalmology residency programs and is available only to applicants with licensure to practice in the state of Illinois by the start of the fellowship in July 2018.
The fellowship is highly competitive. Prospective candidates must register for the fellowship match at SFMatch. The application process for the Ophthalmology Fellowship is described in detail on the SFMatch site. After you have registered, you can view details about our program in the SFMatch directory and apply online. Thank you for your consideration.