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Curriculum

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
  • Potential participation in research projects

Rotation schedule

A sample weekly rotation 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. Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Brodsky or Dr. Holmes
Tuesday
Time Rotation or activity
8-8:30 a.m. Retinopathy of prematurity rounds — Dr. Mohney
8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Surgery with staff (primarily adult strabismus with adjustable sutures) — Dr. Holmes
Late afternoon Pediatric Ophthalmology/Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Mohney or Dr. Brodsky
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
3-6 p.m. Seasonal pediatric ophthalmology/strabismus lectures (led by fellowship faculty member or the fellow)
Friday
Time Rotation or activity
8 a.m.-3 p.m. Pediatric ophthalmology surgery — Dr. Bothun
Late afternoon Adult Strabismus Clinic — Dr. Brodsky or Dr. Holmes
4-5 p.m. Quarterly case presentation conference

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 there are no other clinical or surgical responsibilities.

Conferences

You are required to attend weekly Ophthalmology Grand Rounds presentations at 7:15 a.m. on Mondays. During the one-year fellowship, you prepare and present two 25-minute Grand Rounds presentations to residents and staff. These presentations may include discussions related to ongoing research or novel topics.

You also attend and assist 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 and strabismus journal club every other month, which is attended by staff and residents.

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.

You are strongly encouraged to identify a potential research project early in the training for presentation at the annual American Association for Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus (AAPOS) annual meeting in the spring of the following year. Opportunities to present your work 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 department's research committee and, if necessary, the Institutional Review Board or Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee at Mayo Clinic.

You have 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, you are not required to take general eye emergency call. Nevertheless, for those emergencies that involve pediatric patients or postoperative care, you are expected, when in town, to be available for assisting and advising the residents.

Teaching opportunities

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

Evaluation

To ensure you gain proficiency and develop the corresponding technical skills, your performance is monitored throughout the Pediatric Ophthalmology and Strabismus Fellowship. You are formally evaluated by your supervising faculty member quarterly and meet with the program director to review these evaluations.

In addition, you regularly evaluate the faculty to ensure your educational goals are being met.

  • Feb 1, 2016
  • ART849885