The fellow takes part in all aspects of the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Adult Strabismus Service, including:

  • Clinical and surgical care of patients
  • Didactic and informal educational sessions with faculty, residents and students
  • Participation in clinical or laboratory research projects

Rotation schedule

A sample weekly rotation schedule for the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship:

Time Rotation or activity
6:45-7:15 a.m. Comprehensive Ophthalmology Service rounds
7:15-8 a.m. Ophthalmology Grand Rounds
8-8:45 a.m. Pediatric Case Conference
8:45 a.m.-noon Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Mohney or Dr. Brodsky
1-5:30 p.m. Surgery with staff (pediatric ophthalmology/adult strabismus) — Dr. Brodsky; or Adult Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Holmes
Time Rotation or activity
8-8:30 a.m. Retinopathy of prematurity rounds — Dr. Mohney
8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Surgery with staff (primarily adult strabismus with adjustable sutures) — Dr. Holmes
Time Rotation or activity
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Surgery with staff (pediatric ophthalmology/adult strabismus) — Dr. Brodsky or Dr. Mohney
Late afternoon Adult Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Holmes
Time Rotation or activity
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pediatric ophthalmology surgery — Dr. Mohney, Dr. Bothun or Dr. Bitrian
Late afternoon Adult Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Holmes
Noon-5 p.m. (every other Thursday) Research time
3-6 p.m. Seasonal pediatric ophthalmology/strabismus lectures (led by fellowship faculty member or the fellow)
Time Rotation or activity
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pediatric ophthalmology surgery or clinic — Dr. Bothun or Dr. Mohney
4-5 p.m. Quarterly case presentation conference


Each fellow is required to attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds presentations at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays followed by the Pediatric Case Conference at 8 a.m. During the one-year fellowship, the fellow will prepare and present two 20-minute Grand Rounds presentations to residents and staff on topics of the fellow's choosing, including ongoing research projects, case presentations or novel topics.

The fellow also attends and assists in resident lecture series (four evenings a year) and quarterly clinical conferences (Friday at 4 p.m.) on topics in pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus. In addition, the fellow organizes and leads the Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus Journal Club every other month, attended by staff and residents.

Didactic training

Each fellow is expected to attend the Department of Ophthalmology's didactic lecture series on pediatric ophthalmology and strabismus and may attend other subspecialty lectures when there are no other clinical or surgical responsibilities.

Research training

Every other Thursday afternoon is allocated as research time for the fellow to pursue projects of his or her choice. Abundant opportunities exist to perform research in basic and clinical science. Each pediatric ophthalmology staff member is actively involved in ongoing research projects.

The fellow is strongly encouraged to identify a potential research project early in the training program to present at the annual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) meeting in the spring of the following year. Opportunities to present at other meetings, such as the American Academy of Ophthalmology (AAO) and Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO) annual meetings, also are possible. Research studies must be approved by the departmental Research Committee and, if necessary, the Institutional Review Board (IRB) or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee (IACUC) at Mayo Clinic.

Each fellow has access to the Mayo Clinic facilities necessary to complete the study. Efforts are made, when possible, to support such studies fully, or in part, with research funds from inside or outside Mayo Clinic.

Call frequency

During the fellowship, there is no formal general eye emergency call required of the fellow. Nevertheless, for emergencies that involve pediatric patients or postoperative care, the fellow is expected, when in town, to be available to assist and advise the residents.

Teaching opportunities

Each fellow has the opportunity to teach Mayo Clinic School of Medicine students, visiting students from other medical schools, ophthalmology residents and residents from other clinical settings.


To ensure the fellow gains proficiency and develops the corresponding technical skills, his or her performance is monitored throughout this one-year program. The fellow is formally evaluated by the supervising faculty members on a quarterly basis, including meetings with the program director at regular intervals. In addition, the fellow regularly evaluates the faculty to ensure that educational goals are being met.

March 16, 2016