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Ophthalmology Residency Program
Fellowship

 

Corneal Fellowship

After ResidencyThe Tulane Department of Ophthalmology offers a one-year Corneal Fellowship program, beginning July 1 and continuing through June the following year. We accept three fellows per year who rotate among the private services of Dr. Delmar R. Caldwell, Dr. Miles Friedlander, Dr. Peter Kastl, and Dr. Rebecca Metzinger.

Fellows gain clinical experience managing diverse patient populations at Tulane Medical Center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans, the Alexandria VA Medical Center, and the Medical Center of Louisiana (Charity Hospital). Corneal fellows cover the weekly corneal and contact lens clinic of the Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System.

Corneal transplant patients seen in these clinics undergo surgery at their respective hospitals. The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans serves as a referral center for corneal patients from the VA Hospitals in Alexandria, Louisiana,  and Biloxi, Mississippi. Tulane recently launched a new Refractive Center, featuring Intralase technology, making it the first and only site in Louisiana offering Intralase Enabled Keratoplasty.

Past corneal fellows have indicated that the fellowship year at Tulane was a tremendous asset to their ongoing education in ophthalmology.

Glaucoma/Anterior Segment Fellowship

The fellow will build clinical management skills and increase knowledge of treatments for various types of glaucoma and anterior segment pathology. Surgical training includes topical anesthesia techniques for glaucoma surgery, procedures for all types of glaucoma surgery, including trabeculectomy, non-penetrating glaucoma procedures such as the deep sclerectomy, glaucoma drainage devices, cycloablation, combined phaco/trabeculectomy, combined phaco/deep sclerectomy, as well as anterior segment reconstruction. The glaucoma aspect of the fellowship is under the guidance of Drs. Ramesh S. Ayyala and Delmar R. Caldwell. The fellow will participate in clinics based at Tulane Medical Center, Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans and the Alexandria VA Medical Center.

The fellow will spend six months of the year with the glaucoma/anterior segment service and six months with the cornea/external diseases service.

This fellowship does emphasize research. The fellow is expected to actively take part in the ongoing clinical and basic science research in the glaucoma service. This includes research related to glaucoma drainage devices, slow release drug delivery systems, and drug studies.

If you would like information from recent participants in the glaucoma/anterior segment fellowship, you can contact the following doctors: Jared Vincent, MD, Amy Hong, MD, JR Maehara, MD, Julie Foreman, MD.

Retina Fellowship

The Tulane Department of Ophthalmology offers a one-year Retina Fellowship program, beginning July 1 through June the following year. Under the direction of Dr. James G. Diamond, fellows gain significant patient care and teaching experience and enjoy research opportunities in the subspecialty.

After ResidencyThe program is designed to help fellows develop skills and judgment in the medical and surgical management of vitreo-retinal disorders. Specific experiences are gained in the diagnostic modalities of ultrasonography, fluorescein angiography, and electrophysiology. The surgical management of congenital malformations, diabetic retinopathy, trauma, and inflammatory diseases of the eye are emphasized. Standard scleral buckle procedures (episcleral, flaps, hard silicone, sponges, and drainage) and the newest vitrectomy techniques with the Accuras and Millenium units, PFO, silicone oil and gases are taught. The program includes hands-on training in subretinal and translocation retinal procedures. Indirect ophthalmoscopic (free hand) and wide-angle visual surgical viewing systems are used in conjunction with routine intraocular surgical techniques. Laser procedures, including the newest, dye-laser and photodynamic therapeutic modalities, are performed routinely by fellows. Extensive training is offered in the actual performance of IVFA (film and digital) and its interpretation.

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System in New Orleans provides the major stage upon which the fellow will perform. There are, in addition, two outlying Veterans Administration Hospitals and a Charity Hospital that refer emergency patients to the Tulane Medical Center complex. The senior fellow, under Dr. Diamond's direction, assumes primary responsibility in managing these services. The retinal fellow is in charge of all the vitreo-retinal surgeries to be done. This will include a minimum of three major surgical cases performed entirely by the fellow per week and several cases in which the fellow serves as primary assistant. In addition, the fellow will be directly involved in the care and management of all private patients at Tulane Medical Center. Fellows are engaged in full-time clinical activities under the direct supervison of Dr. Diamond.

 

General Information regarding Fellowship

CURRENT STIPEND: PGY V level

RESEARCH: Every ophthalmology fellow at Tulane participates in research and is expected to present findings at national meetings and the department's annual academic and graduation program (Tulane Eye Alumni Day and Annual C.S. O'Brien Professorship) at the end of the year.

TEACHING: Fellows benefit from many opportunities to teach and supervise residents and medical students as they increase their own knowledge of conditions of the cornea and anterior segment. In-depth clinical discussions occur regularly, including weekly Grand Rounds. Working closely with the residency director, fellows organize the didactic lectures that occur every Monday.  Fellows also teach during the annual Basic Science Course that takes place in July and August.

MEETINGS: Fellows receive free attendance to the internationally recognized annual meeting of the New Orleans Academy of Ophthalmology (a three-day seminar in New Orleans). Funds are also available for partial support to attend a meeting of choice on glaucoma/anterior segment, retina, or cornea/external diseases/refractive surgery when a paper/presentation is accepted. Fellows may also attend the American Academy of Ophthalmology.

LOUISIANA LICENSURE: In order to obtain Louisiana licensure by reciprocity, you must have passed all three parts of the USMLE and hold a current medical license in another state. Louisiana licensure is required at the start of the fellowship, July 1. If you have specific questions regarding licensure, please contact the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners at (504) 524-6763 or www.lsbme.org.

FOREIGN MEDICAL GRADUATES: You must have an ECFMG certificate and be able to obtain the appropriate visa for participating in this program. You must also be able to obtain a permanent Louisiana license from the Louisiana State Board of Medical Examiners. Applications will not be accepted from medical graduates who have not completed three years of ACGME approved residency training in the US or Canada in the same specialty. If the fellowship program appears interesting and rewarding for you, please forward your curriculum vitae, photograph, personal statement, three associated letters of reference and your fellowship match number. The fellowship application deadline is October 1. Your packet needs to be complete by this date. For further information, call 504-988-2261 or e-mail: slawshe@tulane.edu

 

 

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