Curriculum

Clinical training

You take 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

This is a sample weekly schedule for the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship:

Monday
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
Tuesday
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
Wednesday
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
Thursday
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.* Research time
3-6 p.m. Seasonal pediatric ophthalmology/strabismus lectures (led by fellowship faculty member or fellow)
Friday
Time Rotation or activity
*Every other Thursday
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pediatric ophthalmology surgery or clinic — Dr. Bothun or Dr. Mohney
4-5 p.m. Quarterly case presentation conference

Call frequency

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

Research training

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

You are 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, are also 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.

You have access to the Mayo Clinic facilities required to complete your study. Efforts are made, when possible, to support such studies fully, or in part, with research funds from inside or outside Mayo Clinic.

Didactic training

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

Conferences

You are 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, you prepare and present two 20-minute Grand Rounds presentations to residents and staff on topics of your choosing, including ongoing research projects, case presentations or novel topics.

You also attend and assist in the resident lecture series (four evenings a year) and quarterly clinical conferences (Fridays 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.

Teaching opportunities

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

Evaluation

To ensure that you acquire adequate knowledge and develop the appropriate technical skills to meet program expectations, your performance is monitored carefully during the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by supervising faculty members on a quarterly basis and meet with the program director to review these evaluations. In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to confirm that your educational needs are being met.

Aug. 01, 2017